I had an epiphany earlier this week during a conversation with my boyfriend. He saw a friend from high school at the gym over the weekend that he hadn’t seen in years. Let’s call him Jim. Jim was now into bodybuilding, lifting weights, and fitness. He was into clean eating-egg whites, oatmeal, chicken and broccoli-but would let himself “go” over the holidays and gain weight. Then, come January, we would go on a strict diet and restrict his calories so that he could “shred” for the summer. My boyfriend was blown away by Jim sacrificing his diet and energy levels just to have 6-pack abs come summer. For some reason, I wasn’t that blown away by this. Isn’t this “normal”? Or is this only normal in the ‘fitness industry’. Am I that blinded by what “normal” is because of fitness?
breakfast//1/2 cup cream of wheat cooked in the microwave with water and 1/2 scoop ProZero (hpnsupplements.com) vegan protein topped with frozen bananas, strawberries, and bloobs, tsp of chia seeds and 2 Tbsp WildFriends chocolate coconut peanut butter. This peanut butter is SERIOUSLY THE BEST.
Why does it seem like every single Instagram fitsp accounts is shredding or ‘getting back on track’ or starting preparation for a show? Why can’t we all just be OURSELVES and eat healthy and workout and enjoy bodybuilding, lifting weights, and fitness. Why do we have to be ‘shredded’? Maybe it is because we don’t have a road race to run or an event to compete in. What we do (lifting weights) really shapes our body so we enjoy manipulating what we look at in the mirror. But maybe it is more than that. Maybe we all need to take a step back and focus on our OVERALL health and not just how lean we are. What are your thoughts on this topic? Is leaning out and shredding for the summer a normal thing? Or is it worth the sacrifice?
The roasted veggies I made on Monday for my lunches this week! Roasted broccoli, orange bell pepper, and red onion in coconut oil at 400F for 30-40 minutes.
lunch//what those beautiful roasted veggies look like in tupperware with 3 oz of cod. Not so pretty anymore!
lunch part 2//Finished lunch with a Nutella stuffed sea salt brown butter cookie made by my coworker and a rice cake with some organic peanut butter. I was really full after all of this!
Didn’t stop me from eating my preworkout snack//a serving of Chocolate Toast crunch cereal, Fage greek yogurt with cinnamon, and a drizzle of organic PB
dinner//Fried egg, half of a baked sweet potato, green beans and shaved brussel sprouts with onion powder and nutritional yeast//snack plate of Silver Hills tiny bread sprouted grain bread, half with PB2 and raw honey and half with PB2 and organic low sugar raspberry preserves (Trader Joe’s) and yes, more Chocolate Toast Crunch…
I also had a protein smoothie and a banana with peanut butter before bed! Forgot to capture that on camera.
Should I feel alone in my quest to just live a healthy life? I know people really do like “Progress Updates” and following someone’s journey to a competition or an event where they need to be in great shape. Currently though, I am just not sure I want to occupy that amount of energy and time into what my body looks like. I enjoy going to the gym and eating healthy. Isn’t that enough? Do I need to be shredding for people to want to follow my journey?
My most recent progress:
And if you happened to watch the SuperBowl and love the Food Network…
As always, leave your thoughts below because this was such a baffling idea to me. And thank you Jenn!
Love you all!