Being "fit" is not simply a physique transformation; it is an overall healthy and balanced lifestyle. I don't believe that "fit" is defined by having ripped abs year round. Fit is not a size nor is it a destination. Fit is being the healthiest "you" that you can be. I believe that on the road to achieving better health you have to work from the inside out. You have to start with the intangible aspects of yourself and get those in line before you can make lasting outward change. Here are a couple tidbits of information to hopefully give you some food for thought.
What you put into your body, shows on the outside
Ever notice how people who eat healthier tend to have a younger, less aged look about them? There are obviously a variety of factors but a huge aspect is due to diet. Whatever constitutes the majority of your diet is what your body is using as building blocks for your skin, hair, nails, etc. I also want you to realize that these same building blocks are going towards your heart, kidneys, liver and other organs. Outer appearance can be a huge indicator of internal health. It's also important to note that your body is probably shoveling the building blocks from your diet to the vital organs much before they even reach your hair.
One of the harder aspects, I think, about this entire process is owning up to your choices. Not many people want to take responsibility for their physique. Yes, I know, some people have hormonal imbalances and other health issues but outside of those cases, people don't want to see the truth. I love that quote, "don't get mad about the results you're not seeing from the workouts you didn't do." Many people complain, "this is hard!" or "I don't have time to workout." Here's my view: reflect on a typical week in your life. Whatever consumes most of your time, whatever you eat, however much you exercise, etc. is what you value. Until you value whatever steps are necessary to reach your goals, you really don't want them that bad.
Some things are black and white. Hormones play a huge roll in fat loss. The "low calorie" model has been debunked time and time again. You can eat 1,000 calories a day of cheesecake and still lose weight but how will you feel? Will your body feel nourished? Definitely not! Stress, diet and exercise all have roles in becoming "fit." The extent of their individual roles vary among people. You also have to get your mental game face on for positive change. If you don't embrace change, you will always be at the same spot you're at.
"Clean eating" seems to be different for everyone. I don't mean to disrespect or "ding" any books, philosophies, people or Facebook pages out there. I truly believe that most have the best intentions but I think its important that people realize that they too, have a bias and their own version of clean eating. Some pages will tell you that "sugar free syrup is clean" while others say "no way." Some say that you should never used canned vegetables while other's say "its okay."Every page, every person is going to have their own version of so called "clean eating." Is this bad? Is this good? I'm not out to put down anyone's plans but this is where I want Fit Girl Daily to come in and help. I advise people to focus on what is working for them, in their state of life, on a day to day basis, for lasting positive change.
I am not here to tell you to not use canned vegetables. I am here to tell you that using canned vegetables will always be better than not eating vegetables at all. I am here to tell you that any goal you set for yourself has value. I realize that not everyone is trying to become a lean body builder; some just want to be more confident in day to day wear and that's great! Positive change of any sort deserves praise! I believe that praise propels people towards a locomotion of positive change.
If you want to run a 5k, I can help. If you want to lose a few pounds and keep it off, I can help. If you want to kick the habit of smoking, I can help. If you want to completely lean out, I can help you with that too. I want to help everyone no matter where you're at in your journey for change. My style is not to rip you out from whatever emotional eating burdens you're bearing, my approach is much lighter. My style is to give you a platform for change. I can give you tools, go-to's, advice and encouragement but I can't give you the most valuable tools of all: a positive attitude, an open mind, and a yearning for change.