Well I don’t know how everyone else feels, but I think week one had the most energy I’ve seen in any 6FIT so far! I am loving the warm weather and all of the great outdoor workouts and fun meals I’ve seen popping up on our Facebook group. I especially enjoyed our virtual run date, which I followed up with a protein and veggie packed yummy post run frittata and salad.
Just yesterday I was driving down I-95 to my 10-year college reunion, and it really made me start thinking. I like most of you am my toughest critic, I began wondering what I had really accomplished in the last 10 years, what I was going to say to people when they asked what I'd been up to? To be honest I didn't really feel I had done a lot, but since I had an hour to kill on the drive I pushed the rewind button in my mind and quite a few achievements began to surface. I have not only done a lot in 10 years, I have grown, experienced and learned a lot! I've visited a few places on my bucket list, supported myself and moved into my first apartment straight out of college, lived in Boston for 8 years and found communities of people that I joined and built my faith, and health and fitness goals with. Most recently I moved to my dream location and purchased my first house, and found my running niche, not to mention completed my first 1/2 marathon on the other side of the country in Vegas!
Of course reunion came and went, and I had nothing to fear about explaining the last 10 years, but fast-forward to this evening and I was still fighting with myself. To be perfectly honest I sat eating jellybeans as I began this blog post. I debated them all afternoon, thoughts running through my head " I am in 6FIT, I am a spokesperson, I could have 5 extra points for my team if I don't eat them, I don't want to ruin my progress" but I realized as crazy as it sounds . . . they would help my progress.
As much as I believe in and want to have an 80/20 approach to life, I find myself resembling an all or nothing approach. Through trial and error, I've found balance in eating healthy Monday- Friday and allowing myself to have a few sweets on the weekend. Even with my plan I usually still end up beating myself up about whatever I indulged in however big or small. But I learned something today, if I can enjoy some jellybeans and I mean really enjoy them since I wanted them so badly, it is a healthy thing, It means I have achieved balance- I can have a treat once in awhile and be happy about it, and then continue on with my healthy habits. In the big picture, I ate lots of fruits and veggies, drank over 64oz of water, and ate maybe a 1/2 a cup of jelly beans in a day? Big deal!
I didn't think I accomplished a lot in 10 years, but when I thought about it I accomplished a lot . . . I thought I would be a bad spokesperson and a failure if I ate jellybeans, but in reality having the ability to treat yourself and move on is success. I know a lot of you were sharing some of these feelings about treating yourself and feeling guilty, so hopefully we can learn to grow in the 80/20 life style together, treat ourselves, and "treat treats as treats" :) - Michael Pollan
Well, I am off to meal prep and get ready for a great week . . .looking forward to hearing about and seeing everyone's experiences week 2!
Mom of 3, wife, business owner, ballet teacher and fitness instructor. Trying hard to raise healthy, happy and grateful children while running the studio of my dreams. Trying to stay FIT, flexible, stylish and take care of myself in the process!