Did you go out for dinner over the weekend at all? Did you over indulge on either food or booze? Did you spend the next day beating yourself up about it? Or rush to the gym to try and counteract some of the damage?
This brings me on to what I want to talk about today.
I often get asked by clients what they are “allowed” to eat.
“Alex, am I allowed to eat pizza on Friday?”
You’re ALLOWED to eat whatever the heck you want!
Now don’t get me wrong, there are foods which you probably should avoid, either due to an intolerance or because they don’t support your fitness goals. I’m not saying you can eat pizza all day long and still drop 2 dress sizes, have ripped abs or beat your marathon PB. NO!
Buuuuuuut, even if you’re looking to lose weight, to see your abs or to smash your marathon PB you’re “allowed” to eat those foods. It’s not for me to tell you what you can and can’t eat. It is however, for me to advise you what will help you towards your fitness goals, in the quickest and safest way possible.
How about swapping the phrase: “I can’t eat that” with: “I choose not to eat that”
Can you see how powerful that tiny little switch is?
The word CAN’T comes with a strong sense of deprivation.
For example, if you tell yourself: “I can’t eat pizza”
What are you now thinking about 24/7?
I’m a very stubborn little human…The minute someone tells me I can’t do something or can’t have something, then I make it my life mission to prove them wrong.
Ermmm, yes I can!
Tell me I can’t eat ice cream and you can bet your boots I’ll be befriending Ben AND Jerry in 30 seconds flat. Tell me I can’t lift a certain weight in the gym and I’ll be lifting that weight even if it means bursting a blood vessel in my right eyeball.
Will eating too much pizza effect your body negatively? Yes of course it will. Can you make a choice to weigh up the pros and cons of eating the pizza and make your own decisions? Heck yes!
YOU are in charge.
Not me. Not the fitness gurus you see on social media. Not the bloody slice of pizza.
You decide what you’re going to eat. As long as you’re aware of how it’s going to affect you, your body and your fitness goals, and you have accepted the results WITHOUT GUILT – that’s the key.
Do I ever over indulge? Ha! Just a bit…Those of you that follow me on social media will know that I’m often posting pictures of my meals on a weekend that are more than a little “off plan.”
Do I ever feel guilty? Yep…A little. But I let that sh*t go.
If I’ve had a good time with family and friends and enjoyed some amazing food, I move on. I don’t beat myself up about it for days afterwards, starve myself as punishment or immediately jump on the treadmill to try and reverse the effects.
OWN your decisions.
ACCEPT your decisions.
For goodness sake don’t let a slice of pizza own YOU!