Get a Better Wagon
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “fallen off the wagon”, right? We’ve probably all confessed falling of this metaphorical wagon at some point in our lives. But think about it. Do we actually “fall” off the wagon? Or do we jump off? Or perhaps our wagon gets hijacked or wedged under a Krispy Kreme truck. It’s not our fault, right? The hot donut light is distracting. Our peers tell us “one piece won’t hurt” or “you don’t need to workout today”. Or maybe you’re way too busy to get it in. You don’t have time to prep meals. “Stuff” comes up. It can get lonely on the wagon if no one is riding with you. Whatever the reason, I’ve heard it or maybe even proclaimed it myself. If you’ve recently “fallen off the wagon” never fear. Now is the perfect time to hop back on. But as SCSL’s (Strong Calm Sexy Ladies) let’s not hop back on a wagon. Let’s step into an Aston Martin (or insert your dream car here). And here is why:
Oh, look! It comes with a driver. Yes, Please! (photo: theultralinx.com)
I don’t believe deprivation is effective. It’s boring. It’s exhausting. It’s unrealistic. I also don’t believe that putting garbage in your body is decadent or rewarding. Making smart, healthy choices regularly is not depriving. It’s respecting yourself. But never say never to anything 🙂
I also don’t believe that we need to workout so intensely and so frequently that we miss out on enjoyable opportunities or live life in constant and chronic pain from overtraining. I do believe that we can find time almost every day to challenge our bodies. I think working up a sweat is good for our skin, our hearts, our minds and our butts. I believe improving our balance and flexibility as well as building toned muscles is important to our quality of life and our ability to enjoy it (as well as look better while living it).
You’re this beautiful, exquisite creature. We’ve already established that. You’re faced with constant temptation: The couch is calling your name. The fridge is calling your name. You’re friends (are likely, literally) calling your name, wanting you to share a plate of fries or have one more drink with them. So how do you “stay in the Aston Martin” and enjoy the ride without isolating yourself from the rest of the world.
1) Reward Yourself With FOOD! Say whaaaaat? You’re not supposed to do that! Guess what, you’re going to. No one is admitting it, but we’re all thinking it: “I’ve eaten so clean for weeks, I’ve totally earned this hot fudge pizza”. Choose your food-ward wisely. If your thing is ice cream, think about what your most favorite ice cream in the world is. Have that. Also, don’t have it at home (or if you do, have it with company). Get dressed for it. I’m talking full hair and make-up. This is not a dessert rehearsal. Make it a production. Don’t blow your whole day. Just focus on that one treat. Treats should be decadent. Skip the daily Skinny Cow 100 calorie bar. Instead, go for your absolute-most-favorite indulgence and just go for it every couple of weeks. ***Chronic dieting can lead to an imbalance of Ghrelin and Leptin (the hormones that tell you when you are hungry and satisfied). It can also cause your thyroid to slow or stop production of hormones T3 and T4 (which regulate metabolism). Having a proper treat will actually improve thyroid hormone production and prevent adrenal fatigue. You don’t want to eat toxic waste (which I consider many processed foods), but having he occasional indulgence will keep things working as they should*** “I’ll have a little clean treat (LCT) more frequently than that, but I reserve the big ones for these 2 worthy decadences:
I know you’ve heard me rave about Jeni’s Ice Cream. If you haven’t, then you’ve missed at least 10 blog posts and/or you don’t know me at all!
The other is my favorite local bakery. Pattycake Bakery is in Clintonville. Everything they bake is delicious and fresh.
(photo source: vegannewstoday.com)
Tell me! Where do you like to go or what do you like to make when you’re intentionally treating?
2) Hang Out in Bars. I’m not going for shock factor here. Going dancing with your friends is fabulous exercise and great for reducing stress. However, you can blow that whole theory out the window if you drink too much, so stick to 1-2 drinks (or none if you’re the DD) and keep them simple. Clear liquor. Wine. Beer. Something WITHOUT a lot of juices and syrups added to it. If you don’t already drink, certainly don’t start. But if you do, a little bit goes a long way. If you’re having 2 drinks, sip a glass of sparkling water with lime in between beverages. You’ll feel festive and still have something to sip on without the calories or added alcohol. Plus, many brands of sparkling water contain minerals, which will help replenish some that have been depleted. Eat something from your meal plan first so that you’ve had the proper balance of macronutrients before you go out. This will also help keep blood sugar stable. Of course, drink responsibly or not at all. Have a designated driver. You’ll have more fun, more energy and feel better the next day with that simple plan.
If you love dancing, but don’t love bars/clubs, never fear! There are so many awesome ways to work the dance floor, no alcohol needed! From ballroom dancing, to hip hop to line dancing, studios are popping up everywhere that offer classes for all ages. Have a game system? You can always pop-in one of my all time favorites:
If you don’t break a sweat, you’re not hitting it hard enough! This is so much fun and an easy way to get moving.
3) Treat Yourself Like a Queen. Self care is worth it’s weight in gold. Taking care of yourself goes beyond eating right and exercising. Taking time to exfoliate, moisturize, get (or give yourself) manicures/pedicures, use a hair mask, whiten your teeth or get a massage isn’t just about looking good. Treating yourself with treatments and daily pampering rituals increasing your self confidence and reminds you to value your personal well being. It increases your own personal happiness allowing you to go out and spread that good mood to the world. Don’t wait around for a limo to stop you on the street for ambush spa day (wouldn’t that be spectacular?) Just hop in your Aston Martin and try one of these DIY at home spa treatments: