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The Best Fitness Advice, Ever.

What is the best fitness advice you have ever received? The one thing that really stuck with you…changed you…empowered you…enlightened you.

The Best Fitness Advice Ever: the one piece of advice that shifted my focus and helped me break through and lose weight.

I remember a few years ago when I was struggling with my weight—I would have weeks and days where I did things “right”. I’d avoid sweets, fried foods, and pop; I’d workout with a vengeance. Those days or weeks would be followed by “oh what the heck” weeks and days where I would just blow it. summer 2011 I’d eat burgers, onion rings, ice cream, sweets, processed crap—you name it. Part of me felt like I deserved it for my hard work—for the good days. Another part of me was pissed that I couldn’t eat like that all the time like some of my skinny friends. And then I got a piece of advice. From Nike.

every damn day And something in me clicked.

I had to do it every. single. day.

I had to embrace the fact that I couldn’t eat a doughnut every week. I couldn’t have a big gooey burger every week. I couldn’t treat myself to a Georgia Mud Fudge Blizzard every week. (Ah, if only!) I could maybe eat one of those things each week. Maybe. I had to workout more than a couple times a week. And I couldn’t phone it in. If I wanted a fit body I had to put in tough work 5 days a week.  Activity had to become part of routine, yes, but also part of my essence. Running is fun! So I did it. Every damn day. What’s the best fitness advice you’ve ever received?

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  1. I think the best advice I ever got was that fitness is 80% nutrition and 20% workout. I worked out all the time, but wasn’t seeing the results I wanted. I changed my nutrition, and bam! Arm muscles. LOL. Not quite like that, but it did feel like it!

  2. Haha I literally eat a donut every week. I had one tonight! It’s my really unhealthy obsession but I guess if I’m going to have one, donuts are the way to go 🙂 I love that advice though! It’s so true that you can’t have “off” days – even rest days are for focusing on healthy stuff. Thanks for posting!

    1. Yeah, it definitely is about balance. And I could NOT go without at least one special treat like a doughnut each week, it just can’t spiral into a special treat a day or an hour like I’d like it to. 😉

    1. Yes! Ugh, that is a classic “me”. Have a great week all during the week and go crazy on Saturday and Sunday…it’s all a journey.

  3. That we are all different, don’t compare.
    I have friends who can never workout, eat way worse than I do, and yet look so much better. When I finally accepted that wasn’t in the cards for me – I have to workout, watch what I eat, etc. things got a bit better.

    1. Yes! That was a huge “aha” for me that even though it wasn’t “fair” it is what it is. And perhaps long term my body inside will be healthier than theirs so maybe it’s okay that I have to work harder for my outside and inside to match. Does that make sense?

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