Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Sprinting a Marathon

I can't tell you how many times I've heard someone exclaim, "For real, on Monday (or New Years, or vacation or anytime before summer) I'm seeerriously going to cut out carbs, drink a gallon of lemon water and work out 5 times a week. NO MORE JUNK FOOD! Like, for REALS this time!" This is also the concept behind a lot of popular diets where you go through an extremely restrictive phase to begin with then slowly allow other foods from the "good" list into your diet. It seems like a good concept for sure and I've fallen victim to it as well. Can we stop this horrible habit? I mean, I know you know a friend of a friend or a sister/cousin/neighbor who went cold turkey and REALLY did all those things and she's stuck to them, she looks fabulous and she's currently signing her first contract with Victoria's Secret because that's just her life now without carbs. That's totally cool and awesome and I hope that the rest of her life is rainbows and unicorns that fart glitter. Can we talk about us now? Where do we get this concept that, out of nowhere, this incredible motivation and the self control of Gandhi is going to magically hit us on these particular days? Those days come and go or you stay on that diet on X amount of time but never ever get the results you wanted. Why is that?

It's because you didn't create a habit. You didn't pace yourself enough for something to become natural. Have you ever went on a run and thought, "Here's the game plan; I'm going to sprint the first half of the run with EVERYTHING that I have, then after that I'll have a good running pace to finish this piece out like a mother fricken CHAMP, ya heard?" No. Because that's stupid. You're probably laughing (I hope!) at the ridiculous idea but it's the basis of most diet plans. Instead of trying to set record timing on your game plans just focus on finding your pace and finishing the run. Focus on creating a good habit, a healthy habit! Quit trying to sprint a marathon.

I plan on divulging into the dreaded diets I've been on throughout the years in future posts. They are ridiculous and hilarious at the same time and deserve their own posts for pure comedy value. But I'd like to ask if you've ever started a crazy restrictive diet only to end up beating up a five year old for their slice of chocolate their own birthday party. Oh please, don't act like I'm the only one! Also, is there anything you'd like to see on here? Maybe situations you need help with? Let me know in the comment section for both your stories and questions. I'd love to be all up in your business  hear about it and impart some advice!

1 comment:

  1. "It takes 30 days before it becomes a habit." That is a quote that has always stuck with me and feel it's true! Now to make it 30 days... Lol
    Great blog! Looking forward to more of your humor and advice!