Thinking back, I had some pretty big misconceptions and did some pretty outrageous things in an effort to be as thin and toned as possible.
But I think the biggest fat loss mistake I ever made was barely eating anything during the day, “saving calories” for beer at night, and overdoing it with cardio.
I thought that having a 6” sub from Subway as my “meal of the day” would free up more calories for me to put toward a night drinking beer, or margaritas.
And, at the next day, I thought it was perfectly reasonable to hit the gym and run for 60 - 90 minutes and burn off all the extra calories that I consumed.
My mistake was that I thought operating in this fashion was a way to lower my body fat & get the results that I wanted.
Little did I know that not only would I struggle to come anywhere near my goal, but that I was also treating my body in an unhealthy and arguably unsafe way.
This was when I was 21.
I’m now 37.
I’ve learned SO much in the time between…. And to be honest, I am more fit, with less body fat and more lean muscle → resulting in that solid, toned look I’d wanted for so long ←- NOW than I was then.
Why am I telling you this?
To remind you that we ALL make mistakes…. We all can be misled to think that an unhealthy approach might actually work.
I think we get so desperate to look a certain way, we’re just willing to try anything.
I know I was.
But, the best part about it all is that there’s always the chance to learn more and make positive change going forward.
Your mistakes of yesterday or today do not need to continue tomorrow.
The crash diets and overexercising don’t have to be a lifetime sentence of punishment.
I challenge you today to FIRST forgive yourself for the thoughts and actions you’ve had.
SECOND, take the 1st step in correcting your path.
That could mean buying a fitness or wellness related book authored by a trusted professional
(I have suggestions if you want/need some)
It could mean hiring a Coach or personal trainer
It could mean consulting with a nutritionist or dietitian
It could mean drinking more water or adding a green veggie in each meal
It could mean taking a walk daily.
We’ve all made mistakes…. But they’re all worth it if we learn & grow from them