As much as I would like you all reading this to think I am the epitome of health and perfection, a vibrant light being that subsists on green juices and yoga, a workout fanatic that has discipline and abs of steel, I am sad to report that I am going to thoroughly disappoint you. Throughout the years I have gotten lots of questions about how I eat, work out, and live my life. Spoiler alert, I'm not perfect!
Misconception #1: I work out constantly
I don't know how many times I have been asked from a client during a training session, "so, how much do you work out?" They are probably expecting me to say 4-6 days a week, but usually I just snort and vaguely respond, "not enough!". If they would have asked me that before I came a trainer, I could have responded with a smug answer of "5-6 days a week at 6:30am on the dot". Not so much anymore. Sadly, the schedule I currently keep is not conducive for me and working out. By the time I am done with training in the late morning, I am typically hangry and tired. Anyone who knows me knows this is a lethal combo. Supply carbs quickly or perish! The middle of the day is my break which includes eating, errands, cleaning, blogging, and sometimes walking when Ohio weather cooperates. Then back to work for round two in the late afternoon into the evening. Luckily for me, my job requires a lot of movement and carrying things around, or else I would probably be in big trouble.
On a good week, I MAYBE lift 2 times a week and I consistently do yoga once a week. If it is nice out, I will get 2-3 solid walks in. However, I am constantly moving throughout the day, and sitting for extended periods of time is a rare occurrence for me during the week.
Misconception #2: Only pure, healthy, organic, wholesome foods pass my lips
This is only kinda sorta true. I allow myself to eat whatever I want, luckily I prefer a healthy diet mostly consisting of vegetables, whole grains, beans, fruit, water, and tea. I avoid meat entirely, dairy and eggs 95% of the time. Having a hectic schedule, I do sometimes turn to foods like cereal, almond butter and jelly sandwiches, dark chocolate bark, popcorn, or Halo Top at night. On the weekends though you can find me smashing Indian food, a good veggie burger and fries if I can find it, and the occasional cocktail. I believe I am able to maintain a healthy weight is because I do keep a good hold on what I am consuming, but I never deprive myself or count calories, and if I am craving a cookie or baked good, I make sure it is delicious and high quality and I savor every bite. Hello, brownies from Brown Bear Bakery or biscuits from North Star Cafe. I feel my best when my diet is veggie heavy and filled with a lot of non or minimally processed foods. I wasn't always this way. It has been a process over the last 6 years or so. If you are making healthier changes, just keep reminding yourself that it doesn't happen overnight!
Misconception #3: I love cooking and being in the kitchen
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, and one more emphatic, EW NO.
Seriously, cooking and prepping food is one of my least favorite things to do. I am very lazy in the kitchen. Anything I can do that can be made in one pan or pot, doesn't have to be cut up, or takes less than 10 minutes, I'm in. I really wished I loved it, but alas, I throw fits when I am in the kitchen juicing and prepping food for the week. Note that I am still doing it, but it makes me extremely disgruntled. If I wasn't such a cheapskate or less anal about what goes into my body, or psycho about packaging waste, I would love to pay for meal services or eat out every meal, or use all the pre-prepped food from the store. Unfortunately, I am cheap, anal, and psycho, so I take care of my own food preparation. Here's my method: I keep healthy foods in the house that I can combine quickly and top with avocado and hot sauce. Example of last night's dinner: quinoa, sweet potato, sautéed power greens, mushrooms, guac, and salsa. I can only speak for a single person without kids (you go mama's), but this is what works for me for quick, easy dinners. I don't bother with recipes because I probably won't have the ingredients and I am too impatient to make it!
Health shouldn't be a huge time suck pain in the ass. I hope that you now see even health and wellness "professionals" aren't perfect. It's all about integrating small habits one at a time to get you where you want to go. The goal isn't perfection, it's progress. How have you been progressing? Comment below or let me know on Instagram @busybodywellness !