Okay, so this probably should’ve been Commandment number one. It kind of goes hand in hand with the existing first commandment, anyhow. In case you don’t remember, that commandment was – don’t chase shiny objects.
I’ll get back to that in a minute, but first, let me get to this admission you are probably expecting (which I suppose is a realistic expectation when it’s how your start the title of your post).
I suppose you could call this an admission of guilt, but because no one likes to feel guilty, I’m going to choose to not look at it that way. Tre convenient, no? (Sorry, I don’t know the French word for “convenient”)
Being a fitness professional, you have to be prepared to give nutritional advice. I know I’ve given my fair share over my young career. But what you may not know is that I hardly ever follow my own advice.
You see, I feel that the perfect diet is one that doesn’t contain things that are unnatural. Naturally (see what I did there? No… okay, moving on) that means I recommend cutting back or cutting out things that contain sugar, flour, dairy and other things that we have to manufacture to be able to eat.
Truth be told, I like pizza. And corn dogs. And cookies (with milk, of course). I know – sacrilege, right?
Perhaps. But what I’ve realized as I’ve matured some over the years is that what is right for one person isn’t right for everyone. Would I be healthier if I followed my own advice and stopped eating nachos? Yeah, but I know that I don’t do well with that kind of deprivation. Some people can do it just fine. There are countless people who are able to follow Paleo principles, and I know they’re healthier for it. I just know that I’d crash and burn trying to eat that way, and trying to pretend that’s not the case is actually dumber than just having the nachos every now and then.
Right now I’m experimenting with a way of eating called Intermittent Fasting. It’s something that I’ve liked since I began trying it, and thought it’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, it works for me. I’ll tell you more about it in another post, because this post is only about giving one super important piece of advice… we’ll call it “Fitness Commandment Number 4, That Should’ve Been Number 1,” or for simplicity’s sake, FCN4TSBN1 (easier to remember, right?).
FCN4TSBN1 is this…
Find what works for you.
It’s a really simple piece of advice, but it is probably one of the most overlooked things you should be thinking about when it comes to your fitness.
Not a calorie counter? Don’t do that type of program.
Hate lifting weights? Find something else.
There are plenty of people who have success while counting calories, or lifting weights, or eating Paleo or training for marathons. But there’s more than one way to skin a cat (Is that even actually true? How many ways are there? And, more importantly, why would anyone know that?).
There’s a million different ways to eat and exercise, and you’re going to have to do some guess and check to find what’s right for you. So yeah, try this program and then try a different one. Buy a DVD and a cookbook, then move on if they don’t feel right. And once you’re able to find something that works for you, stick with it. Even if it means doing Zumba or working out to Jillian Michael’s DVDs or doing the HCG diet… if it a) works (and believe it or not, if you actually do them, most things do work), and b) works for you (meaning you can do it for longer than a month or two), then that’s your thing.
So, what works for you? What doesn’t work for you? Leave a comment and let me know.
‘Til next time!