For those of you who follow me on Instagram, I’m sure you saw this rant coming a mile off…
Earlier today I received a few Tweets from a man who seemed to be of the opinion that I shouldn’t be offering fitness advice because when I was in Austria (working my soaking wet socks off), I indulged in some Apres Ski activity. How, he mused, could I POSSIBLY dish out the fitness spiel, if I didn’t LIVE for it 24/7?
Well, here is how…
From day 1, I have ALWAYS been 100% upfront and honest about MY personal approach to health and fitness. I like to knuckle down, eat clean as a whistle, train hard as an ox, feel amazing and see exactly what my body is capable of for a few months at a time.
I love training. It is the BEST part of my day and I honestly cannot go more than 2 days without it before I start to get squirmy. I love eating clean, waking up in the morning and actually feeling AWAKE. Clear skin, deep sleeps, energetic days.
As someone who suffers from anxiety, I love the feeling of self control, accomplishment and VISIBLE reward that comes with aesthetic results.
I love getting PBs at the gym and throwing a weight above my head when my favourite song drops.
In finding health and fitness, I have found what I want to do with my life, and I feel immensely lucky.
HOWEVER, I also love the other aspects my life. My friends, my family, travelling, reading, watching movies, eating chocolate popcorn and scoffing a KFC family meal deal all to myself.
I like to take a week or two off and go back to frivolity every now and then, eat whatever I want whenever I want and enjoy the social life that I have spent the last few months controlling beyond measure.
Why? Because I love drinking wine with friends and family. I love eating cake in cafes with my boyfriend. I love it when I see macaroni cheese on a menu. I love celebratory chocolate – Santas, Easter eggs, massive round discs that say HAPPY BIRTHDAY in white icing. I love MASSIVE pizzas. I love lying in bed for an entire weekend watching reruns of Buffy the Vampire Slayer while dunking biscuits into my tea…
You get the point.
YES, of course it is much easier and much more sustainable if you make it a permanent lifestyle change – but I honestly feel that I have done that. Just because I have a week off here and there, does not mean I am some fair-weather fitness phoney.
I said this in my Instagram post and I’ll say it again here…
The meaning of the term health and fitness encompasses mental health, physical health, medical health and emotional health. If you can only tick the physical box, you cannot claim to be fit and healthy.
Be happy. Be healthy. Eat well. Move your body. Take care of your body. Take care of your brain. Take care of you.