Hi guys,  Kris from Custom Fitness here, your Amarillo personal trainer. Today we’re going to be talking about food. This is going to be the first part in a two part series, so be on the lookout for part two coming soon. And if you have any questions about today’s blog, then please give us a call at (806)-322-3188

Food is food. It’s not good, it’s not bad, it’s not good, it’s not evil. Food is fuel for your body and too often we look into food as being this negative thing. This really bad area of our life and we feel guilty constantly. Maybe we’ve been sneaking some forbidden foods or adding things in that we know we shouldn’t. I know I hear it a lot up here because I do a lot of the nutrition coaching that people come in and say, “Well I had this, but I know that you didn’t want me to.”

And the truth is, I didn’t care if they ate it or not. It’s up to them. We can eat certain things every now and then and not have a problem. It’s when we over do. And when we start to change our mindset on things that it really starts to wreak havoc. So, a lot of people instead of just feeling guilty about it, they start to try to use exercise as a way to make up for all the calories that they had eaten or kind of binging and kind of going on that whole, “I’ve already messed up today, so what’s a little more today? So tomorrow…” That’s kind of where we get off track, right? And things start to fall off the track completely.

So, when you look at food as either friend or foe, instead of looking at it as fuel. Then food becomes a villain in a really bad movie and it tempts you, it controls you, it laughs at you. It takes you off of your focus of being healthy and fit. And it takes you off of the path of reaching your goals and that can be a problem.

So, what do you do? You run to the nearest gym and you beg it to save you from the evil food villain and you peddle like mad or you do extra cardio all week or you fast for a day or you do liquid a diet or whatever it may be. There’s all sorts of ways that people tend to kind of try to fix the issues that they had. And by the time that you get done with this week, next week comes and the vicious cycle starts all over again. So you go to bed miserable thinking, “I messed up my diet today. I guess I’ll try again tomorrow.”

The problem is there’s always something, right? Something will come up in your life. Something will happen. Nothing’s ever perfect. We don’t live in this bubble where perfection is always there and the kids wake up and they’ve got all their homework done and everybody’s on time for school and everybody’s got everything they need and you don’t forget anything and nobody ever comes in on a bad day, right? Some days that bad days just happen. Somebody wakes up and somethings wrong. They can’t get it all done. You forgot something. I live quite a ways away from Amarillo so as I drive into town if I realize I forgot something, well, it’s going to be a harder day because I don’t have it and I can’t go back for it.

So, then you start to have this conversation in your head that today was bad, tomorrow will be better. Well wait, tomorrow won’t be better because tomorrow I have that big lunch at the office and I won’t eat my breakfast or dinner to make up for all the food I know I’ll eat at the party. Or, I’ll get back on the bandwagon again maybe the day after. Oh, but wait, the day after is Friday and we’re going to go out to dinner with some friends and I’ll have to get back on the bandwagon Saturday. But wait, even if I eat really well on Saturday, there’s something going on on Sunday with some friends and I don’t have any food prepared or anything, so I’ll just have to have a snack and kind of eat whatever they have and maybe Monday? So, there’s always something, right?

As you go through that something list it starts to get really negative, right? You start to get down on yourself because the ugly truth about health and fitness is that we can’t outrun a bad diet. We have to make better choices every day. Now, does that mean perfect? No. We’re not ever looking for perfect. We want better. If we can be 1% better, you’re going to start to show improvement. It’s just that rarely is weight loss about weight as much as it is about changing our lifestyle. And it’s something that we all have to learn to start to do.

All too often we find these goals, we think my clothes don’t fit right, I don’t feel good, I want to lose weight. But we’re not willing to put forth the effort to change our lifestyle. Changing weight, you could cut off an arm and lose weight, right? But you can’t keep your arm and not change your lifestyle and lose weight. So we’ve got to make sure that we change something in there. And especially if you want it to be a long term success. If you’re looking for a short term, three weeks and I’m weighing what I did before. That’s a whole different perspective, it’s very damaging on the body. I have my own opinions on that, we’ll leave that for another day.

So i’m going to end part one here. In part two we’re going to be talking more food and how to make it your friend instead of your enemy.

If can’t wait for part two, or you want to know more about Custom Fitness and what we do here, then please give us a call. If you’re wanting the accountability and help with creating an action plan to see results, or are wanting to someone to help create a workout plan to push you to your greatest potential, then that’s what we’re here for. Our trainers are here to look out for you and make sure that you are meeting your goals in a safe way.

At Custom Fitness, we customize a plan for you. We sit down with you and find out what your needs are and then build a health and fitness plan around that. We have an entire team of dedicated professionals to help you with your health and fitness goals. To get your consultation set up, give us a call at 806-322-3188 or email us at info@customfitness.biz At Custom Fitness, we are YOUR personal trainers in Amarillo, Texas. Have a great day.