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Know Your Influence TOL

I may be the most confident that I have ever been but the words of one single person (be it they are a significant person in my life) can turn my confidence on its tail in 2 seconds flat.

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I could have 2 million strangers tell me that I’m looking much better and that I’m growing but the single hesitation or disapproving words from one of two people in my life can sting more than no else and leave me spiralling back into a place of anxiety and feeling self conscious.

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Why is it that I can block others and not let those things affect me, but yet, the words of one person, albeit the fact that I know they are not what that person really feels (it is what comes out in the times of frustration/worry) literally breaks off a piece of me.

I know why. I want to make those around me happy. If they are not happy with me or nervous for me in any way, it makes me upset and anxious.

Now making a connection to the title of this post, don’t take this as me saying they need to keep their words to themselves BUT I think they also need to step back and realize how much influence they truly have on me. When they are feeling frustrated, don’t come at me with things like…

You’re not gaining

I see no difference

You’re not working hard

You don’t want to get better.

These are their worries. Their frustrations. Their expectations. It’s not fair for them to put those on me in such a negative way.

Again, these are frustrations coming out, but if you only knew how it affected me. These words make me not only turn on myself but also makes me angry.

Who are you to tell me I’m not trying? You’re not here to see me 90% of the time! Are you living in my body when I’m having a bad tummy day and the sight of food repulses me?

No.

I have worked my ass off all year and I HAVE GROWN! I know I have. Both mentally and physically. I have grown.

I need to to protect myself better against the words of these influential people. I love them dearly and will obviously not separate myself from them but I need to somehow let those comments fly on past me better. Somehow, some way.

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This is not what I choose to do. I will speak up for myself but I also will know when to hold back not to let them win, but, instead, to not give my energy to it. 

I’m happy with my progress. I still know I’m moving forward and that won’t change, but I am seeing a lot of great things. Somedays I wish things could progress a bit faster, yes, but I like to be happy with the movements I have made because I have worked DAMN hard for every millimetre of a step forward I have gained.

Don’t take that away from me. That’s not right of you to do.

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Turn that on the other side…

I have come to notice more and more lately MY OWN influence on other people. I have never really felt like I’m a huge influencer more than I do now. I’m not trying to boost myself up here, I have just come to realize that I play a significant role in the growth of some other people I surround myself with.

I guess everyone has this role but when you come to realize that perhaps your words really stick with certain people, you need to be cautious with how you use that power.

I am a person that some choose to come to in times of distress for a listener and for advice.

I have come to be seen as an educated individual of sorts that people come to for knowledge.

People ask me what to do with certain things.

People see my passions and come to me for information and advice on that topic because they trust in the things I say.

This comes with a degree of pressure too! I’m happy with my knowledge base. I have built that. My education has helped, but the passion for my interests has led me into doing self-driven research and I have learned a lot on my own.

I have helped some people

They have thanked me with great sincerity for my time, knowledge and advice.

Despite being proud of how I have developed my craft, I always want to be better. I want to be ready for ANYTHING they come to me with.

I also want to be better at not forming expectations of people. I always have to work on pulling my own strong biases back. I never want to come off negative because I feel that something someone else is doing doesn’t align with what I think will help them.

It hurts and frustrates me when..

People say they want something but don’t do it

They don’t give 100% to something

They don’t own up to things

They don’t do all they can for their health… 

The first and last things really get to me and sometimes I let it than come out at them as a response that perhaps appears disapproving or judgmental. I HATE this about myself. I yearn to build people up and love themselves and all they are!

I need to accept that other people may have different drives than me. They have different priorities than me and perhaps things that seem huge to me, are not that important to them (the health thing I just don’t get, but ..yeah..).

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Bak to the main point…I have an influence on others. I know this role is clear. With that in mind, I need to control my own biases and realize that they are who they are and I need to be as supportive as I can even in times when they come to me for advice and than continue to do something I see as unproductive. I can’t let this anger or disappoint me because they need to follow their own path.

I’m getting better, but there is always room for growth.

I hope this post wasn’t too scattered, but this is what Thinking Out Loud is about right? Spewing my thoughts out in a post like throwing paint on a canvas right? Thanks Amanda, thank you for giving me a platform for being my own Picasso….

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… and than attempting to understand my splatters.

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Overall take home point:

Know your influence on others. You may not ask for this kind of power, but you have to take and roll with what you are given. You have the power to break a person or build them up. Ensure you’re doing the latter.

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-Chelsea


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Emotionally Numb..TOL

Are you one of those people who knows something big is happening soon but don’t really feel it until the day of?

When that day comes, its like a bomb exploded instead of being a slow burning flame that will quietly simmer and then just fizzle out.

Sound dramatic?

As my undergrad comes to a close (2nd one, yay for year 7 of post-highschool schooling…) I have been pondering a lot of things lately, yet I feel almost unattached to the emotions I feel they should be associated with.

…maybe that is my first problem…overthinking..

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I’m leaving my housemates. I know I’m going to cry the day of, I know it. I love these two girls and for now I just think that them leaving hasn’t hit me yet. I swear I have feelings..

I’m moving in with new housemates. I have met one of them and she’s so sweet and just like me in the sense that she appears to me like an ‘older soul’ and one who gets stuff done and is a respective and responsible person.

I have to go back home and work inside all summer long. I think this is the one that I have been the most vocal about. My job last summer was a dream. I spend my days outside, I did my research at night and I was the most relaxed I had ever been I felt. this was a true blessing because I was sick (Read: infested without knowing it) at the time and although I was struggling with it, I don’t know how bad it would have gotten if I hadn’t have been so free and care-free.

I’m having to leave my second family (my gym fam) for the whole summer because I have to go home. This may seem silly to many of you, but I feel a certain ‘place’ there. I’m known and I just feel at home there. My friends are there. Friends who share my interests and can gab for days about all the things I love. My people live and breathe there just like me. It may only be for 4 months, but its just another thing I’m leaving…

My Masters is apparently going to be a crazy time. From placements to my masters, I have so much to do in a whole 3 semesters and I weirdly feel calm. I’m excited for my placements but I know that so much change is about to occur and at this point and ‘calmness’ I don’t know how the initial days are going to fare with such a change to my normal scheduling.

….After my Masters, life hits you like a bag of bricks….

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Should I think about where I want to live as an adult?

How am I going to afford a place to live when I’m done. I’m not going back home right? I can’t, I just can’t. But a place…On my own…Am I ready for that? Can I even think about affording that?

I don’t even know how to do my own taxes for gods sake!

And all I have to say for myself at the moment is I feel nothing. I’m not sad. I’m not worried and I’m not (consciously at least) anxious about it.

That in itself makes me worried because when it all hits me, I don’t know how I’m going to react. That is a lot of change. And I, mentally and physically (heres pointing at your stomach of hell), don’t do well with change.

How do I prepare if I feel nothing?

Am I somehow able to suppress all feelings because I’m overwhelmed with all the change that is imminent? 

I dunno.

I guess for now I need to just continue to focus on my exams and when two weeks from now comes up and I’m hugging my housemates and saying goodbye, I will just have to accept what happens is what I need to have happen. There is no planning that can be done, just let the feels be feels.

On a side note, I really want a dog. Like I’m not kidding guys, I really want one. Enough so that stuffed animals have become appealing to me in large ways.

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That nose freckle is shining bright..

I have this emptiness (which I think is a want for a romantic relationship…) that I need to fill with something and as much as I love my new Chester, this void is still burning deeper, but I suppose that is not in my control either. There is a time and a place for being single, growing and self-loving. I have done that. Why is it that when you are finally feeling confident in yourself and what you deserve AND you are ready and wanting to give yourself and your love to someone else that there is nothing to be found?

Le sigh. I digress…

Guess it also doesn’t help my mood that my stomach is being a terror with my exams…despite said feelings of nothingness. What else is new. Are you almost healed yet…?

To conclude I just want to say that no I’m not sad or anything like that, I’m a very happy person, these are just some thoughts rolling through my forever active mind and I think I’m simply suppressing feelings at the moment. Please don’t think I’m depressed or anything as that is far from true. 

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How do you respond to major life changes?

Do you feel ready to take on the world after your education?

Thanks to Amanda and her link-up party for my thoughts to dance in.

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-Chelsea


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Home Sweet Home

Home is where this lil fluffball rests her pretty lil head…

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Friends! The countdown is on. T-Minus 3 days until the big day

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3 DAYS! Weeooo

So what does that mean? Busy busy busy!

~Today is cookie making with my Mom PLUS yearly dinner date with my Nana and Papa Sadface, Nana’s feet were too sore to walk so we have to have her rest up for Xmas. Will happen!

~Tomorrow is Christmas nails with my Mama and probably more baking (we have all our cookies to make) AND probably decorating the last tree. My Mom left one tree for us to do together. Sweeetnesss.

~Christmas Eve day is all the cooking prep. We cook the bird and proteins in advance and any leftover baking will need to be done.

~The day. Christmassss. My fav holiday (minus the cold..)

Oh and I’m supposed to be doing applications…Pfft. Guelph’s program is due Jan 1st. Way to ruin my holidays school!

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Any who aside from running my lil tushie all over the place now and in the days to come, what has been going on lately? Lets jump into …

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…to share the deeeets

Thanks Amanda for the platform!

So I’m back and home and was welcomed over dramatically with my furbaby

She has the cutest lil bows..er bow! She had just got beautified before my Dad came to pick me up yesterday so she’s a ball of super soft fluff. I adore her.

It it sad that I get really excited to come home to an ice maker? (yes, I actually get excited for this…) I did however get reminded that Acton and Georgetown water tastes like absolute crap while gagging sipping on my nightly tea. Damn, glad to be not on water from gross lakes and such, but well water tastes grimmyyyyy!

Something that does taste good though that I snagged recently was this amazingness…

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REAL CINNAMON! This stuff is good guys! So much flavour and a sweetness you don’t get with the normal ‘cinnamon’ which is actually Cassia

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There are actually a few varieties of cinnamon, but ceylon is the TRUE cinnamon. One of the major benefits is that is is low in coumarin which is actually a substance that can cause liver damage in high amounts. Unfortunately, the other varieties have quite high amounts of this compound in them.

Other benefits can be found here if you’re interested, but trust me when I say that the taste is worth the greater dolla dollas spent on this stuff.

I got another new client!

Guys, although my client circle is small still, I am loving the ability to train and do nutrition consults with others. Helping people reach their goals is what I feel I have been made to do.

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Karl, you’re awesome. I hope you see this.

Speaking of nutrition help…

I’m now the proud volunteer blogger and social media organizer for an AMAZING dietician, Nicole Osinga. I have been working with her for a little under a month now (exams made starting a bit delayed) but I’m loving it. I do blog posts, recipe creating and manage her Pinterest account. It’s a blast and I’m hoping to be able to reach more people with useful information that they can incorporate into their fit and healthy lives!

Pssssttt….You should follow her on Instagram and see what she’s up to 😉

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She had come into one my my class lectures in November to speak of her journey and beginning in her practice and I was very much interested to listen because she has a lot of similar nutrition related views as me. At the end of her lecture she had mentioned that she was looking for volunteers and I couldn’t get down to her fast enough.

I truly appreciate the opportunity that she has given me to work alongside her! It will offer me a great experience and I hope I will help her as well.

I just posted a video on IG

It was about trusting the process and the hardship that comes with gaining any form of tissue, muscle or fat. This is especially true for those individuals, like myself, with an ED past.

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That morning face and those Jammers are real folks. I never hid anything from ya 😛

I’m growing, but my abs are therefore not as shredded. I feel so much stronger, but my body image is weak at them moment because of my attachment to being so lean for so long.

No I don’t like to admit that my physical appearance can affect me like that, but it’s reality.

I love the strength, which is why I kinda might have went over board in the heavy lifting side of training as opposed to striking a balance between power and hypertrophy. All slow twitch activation doesn’t really help with the striations and definition as much y’all. AND SO I’m excited for the changes that will happen [hopefully] soon as my coach and I tweaked my training to activate some of those fast twitch fibres to bring back some of my hard definition that I truly love.

I just have to wade through this tougher transition period first. I have to tell myself that it’s not that I have gotten fat and that is why my abs are not very sliced and diced, its simply that I was working towards other goals. Goals that made my core stronger (and my whole body stronger!) but was not really aimed at pure aesthetics.

Trust the process. Trust the process.

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I have to tell myself this daily.

Baking Happened tonight while I was working on this blog…

One of the favourites of the famjam is the chocolate mint truffle cookies. Super easy to make and they go like hotcakes. My Dad sneaks them right from the freezer and he’s not even a huge mint fan.

Also photoshoots happened with my baking assistant…

More so she was just mad that I wasn’t throwing her toys while I was covered in chocolate…

Something funny happened at the gym today..

So I helped out someone (father and son duo, son trying to show father how to do an exercise) with form and technique, because I’m nosey and the trainer in me cannot help myself if they seem receptive.

So I helped them out. Than the father kept appearing at my side during my workout and did a couple of exercises I was doing. He seemed intrigued. Super nice guy!

Funny part was that on his way out, he asked me how old I was..then said:

Oh, that’s my son’s age..he just got back from travelling and he wants to go again. I’m trying to get him to stay…

Maybe you can help me out with that…

He laughed.

Next time I see them I probably won’t be able to help but smirk.

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My nails to be done tomorrow…

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OMG so nice.

I really liked these…

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But I have come to terms that I’m not there to torture my nail stylist.

#SadFace.

My Mom is starting to roll out some sugar cookie dough that we are painting apparently so for the sake of getting those done at a half decent time, I will end it off here. But I must include this lil finisher because I thought it was funny.

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#Word.

Have yourself a wonderful evening Friends!

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-Chelsea


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50g Of Protein?!?…Thinking Out Loud

My friends, welcome to the end of the first full week of school!

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Not too shabby for 4th year eh?

I have to admit I’m still adjusting. Them Tuesdays and Thursdays are killer for someone who trains in the morning…Hello five am, you came too soon. But hey, when you have the rest of week as usual (ie. off) then I really can’t say much I suppose.

Chattering time, special thanks to Amanda for the chatline hook-up!

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1.My prof this morning said…

You really only need 50g of protein. Maaayyybe a bit for more athletes…

Are you kidding me? I would die. Maybe not actually, but I’m pretty sure mentally I would ( I love protein…) and physically I would be suffering. A large chicken breast is almost that amount so what, no more for the rest of the day? Guys I eat a ridik amount compared to this on a daily basis (not because of some weird bro-science “the more protein the better” notion but because it’s something my body seems to tolerate for a higher amount when fats and carbs are a bit tricky right now) and I can’t imagine cutting down.

But no. I may not be a dietician yet, but I’m sorry 50g is too low. Someone has been following the Food Guide a bit too much. However, even that says to have more then that. Geesh…

Please review this amazing article about UP TO DATE SCIENCE AND PROTEIN NEEDS. Sorry for shouting but this low protein diet BS needs to stop!

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Highlights:

Protein shouldn’t be understood as percentages of energy intake because those at lower intakes would not be getting enough. 

Protein should be higher the the RDA recommendations because it not only is for building and repairing but also been found to help with certain disease and illness states.

Current perceptions are that protein is an expensive nutrient with limitations in the food supply and are reinforced by outcome measures that are based on strict cost/benefit approaches to diet formulation. This concept stems from animal science goals to maximize growth with the least expensive foodstuff. <-THANK YOU FOR FINALLY SAYING THIS OUT LOUD! Protein is said to not be needed as much because of money not because of health. 

Phew I’m all hot and bothered now…

2. Is it weird that I can eat in a class discussing enteral tubes no problem…?

I’m just gunna happily eat away while you’re talking about how to shove a tube down someones throat, or gasp, through an open part of the skin. I may feel differently if those words turned into pictures tho…

3. I’m excited for my courses!

Specifically, the assignments. I have lost you haven’t I? I have all nutrition courses this semester for once and I have clinical case studies (where you act as if you are a working dietician and go through the nutrition assessment and treatment process) to look forward to doing in addition to creating my own program to target a group of individuals. Last night I came up with the idea to target the female athlete triad for this and I’m kinda excited to do it!

4. Accept the strap…

Yup, buckle up cuz on a day where my life is on my back, it needs to be distributed well.

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SnapChat is lilmisscross91 if anyone cares

Good thing I could care less what others think of my attire…

5. Enough about school, it has arrived!!

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Delicata is now found at my grocery store and I lit up like a fire cracker….

Kabocha will always be my first love but this baby takes up my fridge in the fall.

6. Unfortunately that is not all that has arrived…

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Hands up if you agree!

Too bad life doesn’t allow for that…

FML winter is arriving.

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Some things of interest on the inter web that have attracted my eye lately..

7. Passions stick. Superficial reasons fail.

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Time and time again I will repeat this because it is so true. Find what you love to do and focus on enjoying that and getting better with that rather then an outcome attached to your physical appearance.

8. Science.

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I enjoy listening to Layne Norton because he gives legit scientific information that is up-to-date. He gives some interesting basic information in this quick response vlog about carbohydrates and effects on blood sugar.

9. Speaking of science…

Been loving all of Jeff Nippard’s latest lifting videos.

He shows his workouts but then gives the science behind why he may use different movements over others based on studies looking into optimal muscle activation. Interesting stuff, definitely something to watch if you’re all into fitness and such.

10. One final IG gem to cap off this chatter post…

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Loved this. There is never too much love you can give, never too much kindness and although we think over enthusiasm can be annoying, it’s just us being jealous that they found something they are highly passionate about.

Shine on and throw all of those amazing qualities at everyone you meet. They make you an amazing person and shouldn’t be something to tone down ever!

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Happy Friday Eve friends

Whats a quality that you felt you had too much of? Sometimes being too empathetic and feeling what others are feeling too much can seem burdensome but in hindsight, I believe that its been a good thing. It makes me more understanding relatable in the end. Sometimes I wonder if that is what makes many feel they can share things with me without really knowing me too well.

-Chelsea


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I’ll Start On Monday…

My new diet starts on Monday

Starting Monday, I will live in the gym

My new body transformation will start on Monday

I will be a better me….

Starting on Monday.

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Happy September 1st friends. New month and this month in particular tends to be associated with the “after-summer fresh new goals” to reach before the new year.

We all see it….Similar to the New Year resolution season, with the return of school comes the new gym go-ers, the new dieters who want to loose all their summer weight plus more by Christmas, and people making plans/goals that surround making a fairly significant change in their life.

This is like a whole month of “I will start on Monday” and unfortunately this mentality often leads to starting changes as of September 1st and ending sometime between September 10th and October 1st. It’s a sad reality, and personally, a mentality that I often just cannot understand.

You see, I am fully supportive of goals. Goals that are something that lead to personal growth and bettering yourself. So yes, goals are great. What I don’t understand is why self-improvement has to be seen as a punishment or something to be delayed to a later date. In this case, after the weekend.

Why wait to better yourself?

I ask myself this question often when someone says that famous phrase to me…

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Here’s how I see it…

1. Your goal is unrealistic

2. Your goal is seen as a punishment

3. Its just not a priority enough

Either way, the chances of them lasting is slim to none. Take the gym as an example, we all dread the gym being packed, but always know that the stampede will clear in a few short weeks.

This is awful to admit because it’s great that people want to become more fit and I welcome those who want to improve upon their health and become stronger versions of themselves, but this is really just observation at it’s finest. 

So lets look at the first point. Your goal will NOT be reached if you are looking at something as an “all of nothing” type of deal. I will cut X from my diet forever. I will go to the gym 2 hours a day, EVERYDAY, I will live off of salad…etc, etc. These are NOT realistic or attainable for anyone nor should they be thought to be required for bettering your health. These overly loafty goals are often pushed to Monday because you are wanting to be ‘free’ before you feel that life is going to suck.

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This is why they fail. All-or-nothing goals will never work. Take one thing and change that. Make this a lifestyle by making something manageable.

~I will start by going to the gym 3 times a week

~I will turn out the lights 30 minutes earlier 3 times a week

~I will pack up my own lunch rather then buying out for work/school

So what about #2?

Sometimes people go into making changes because they feel they have to. Got a bad doctors report? The prescription –> get yo ass to the gym and loose 20 pounds. Doctors orders. You may feel the need to do it, but that doesn’t mean you’re gunna like it.

My new life starts on Monday.

Or what about writing that paper you need to get done. You know that sitting down and writing rather then enjoying time with friends sucks, so, push it off until Monday. Not only are you loosing time and probably adding stress to your life (plus loosing sleep), you probably ended up using some of that time doing something mindless because you told yourself you were gunna start later.

Ever done that? You have the time to kill but have already accepted that later start date so you don’t use that spare time effectively?

Instead, do an hour here and there over that weekend in between socializing. That’s not that big of a commitment, you aren’t spending hours in a chair slaving typing away and come Monday, look you have half your paper at least drafted.

When you look at something as a punishment or something that is being forced on you, you won’t want to do it. Nonetheless, how is moving it to a later date making it anything less then what you currently perceive it as? Punishment derived goals also fail because you have set your mind up that you hate this thing and that it is required of you to do. There is no internal driving force for you to want to do it.

Time to change your mindset.

Something may suck but turn it around to something positive. Need to change your lifestyle due to health issues? Make it a challenge to yourself in some way or take it upon yourself to try something new that you may end up loving. Find a recipe that you love and make it more nutrient dense. Work your way up to doing some race or lifting a certain weight. Don’t focus on the required target as if it is something ‘forced on you’ because that will just breed negativity. Instead, tell yourself that this is for you and make it something you want to do for yourself.

The last one is one that really hits most people hard. A certain goal or challenge may be a great learning opportunity or something that would really benefit a person but they just don’t do it.

Why wouldn’t they want to do something that simply makes them a better version of themselves?

It’s not a priority. 

Yeah it may be great and all but it’s not important enough to them to make that change. That is a sad reality, but often times this is common and people miss out on a lot of great things and chances.

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So, overall I think that goals are great. They are visions. They are about helping to make yourself the best you can be. They fuel you to push and challenge yourself BUT that is only if you do them and take them seriously.

Ask yourself why wait to do something you want. Why hesitate to make yourself better. Want to make a change? DO IT RIGHT NOW!

…Or you may just let the chance slide on away from you and miss out.

It’s simply your choice. 

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Thanks to everyone over at Thinking Out Loud for listening and a big shout out to our lovely hostess Amanda.

Have you every wanted to do something but waited too long to do it?

-Chelsea


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Sunday Link-Love

Happy Lazy Sunday Friends. I thought I would jump in on this lil blogger favourite as I happened to come across some interesting reads and listens over the past few days. Thought I would share them and my thoughts associated with their content. Hope you enjoy.

1. Your Child is a Brat and it’s Your Fault.

I have often mentioned that I think that this generation is a disrespectful and entitled bunch and this read brings up some good points as to why that may be. There may be some extremes listed here, but in general I think the main point

Parents are spending more time with their kids then ever (in the form of hovering), but that time is the wrong kind of time.

Sometimes parents need to stop worrying about upsetting their child or being their protector and be their parent and teach them some responsibility. Charging into a principles office following their child getting a bad grade leads to children thinking they don’t have to work hard, daddy will take care of it if I don’t do well. Bargaining with a child and saying if you do X I will buy you Y doesn’t teach them responsibility. Things like chores are just done. That’s that. Plain and simple.

2. Fuck Fat Loss

Pardon my french, but this is in fact true. Ever wonder why things like diets and new years/September resolutions don’t stick? Well it’s because we are obsessed with superficial things like fat loss as a main motivation.

You do not have to always be on a diet or think about burning calories or revolving your life around some bullshit regimen that is too impractical to be sustained beyond a few weeks.

You need something more internal to sustain anything. Working out is hard. Making sure your diet is on point while you are working a full time job and wanting a life can be hard too. Body composition changes take time and so if that is your sole reason for making changes in your life, guess what, those changes are not going to happen fast enough for you to use that as the driving force.

Obsessing over fat loss is effective for one thing: Making women increasingly dissatisfied with their bodies.

As it mentioned in the article, if obsessing over fat loss was actually giving results, than perhaps it would be something recommended to do, but it doesn’t. It does however cause disordered eating, stress, potentially eating disorders and unnecessary restriction.

So take a piece of advice from this article and eat and workout for YOU and your health, not just to loose a few inches. Make that fat loss a SIDE EFFECT and not the main goal.

3. Sigma Nutrition Podcasts

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This is a site full of great research and expert based podcasts on a number of interesting topics related to fitness and nutrition. If you are gym rat or nutrition knowledge-seeker like myself, then this is definitely a site to check out. Some of the ones that I have enjoyed thus far include topics on…

~Exercise-Induced GI Distress and the Impact of Gluten and FODMAPs on Athletic Performance

~Hypothalamic Amernorrhea

And this one is next up for a listen

~Role of Micronutrients on Mental Health and Psychiatric Disorders. 

Cool stuff!

4. Latest Interview from Jeff Nippard

You all know how much I love Em Dunc and so I was excited to listen to her words of (very young!) wisdom. She is such a powerful, positive and insightful person to listen to. She takes life my the reins and goes full speed towards her dreams. She makes mistakes and only uses those to fuel her fire and learn more about herself.

“If you fail at something…don’t be that person that it defeats. Be that person that it fuels.”

The famous line of the interview…

“[regarding prep] you go from being a baguette to a breadstick.” 

5. Nia Shanks Twitter Feed

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This lovely lady is the leader of the “Lift Like a Girl” movement that we have seen more recently. I’m no feminist, but I do enjoy female empowerment, especially in the gym! I just came across her profile and have just been enjoying her tweets.

It’s perfectly OK to finish a workout saying “Hell yeah, I did that!” It should build you up, not tear you down. Exercise is not punishment.

Ever wonder what you could experience and achieve if you didn’t allow fear of the “what-ifs” hold you back?

Well those are what have been catchin my eye over the past few days. Hope at least one of them interests you and can give you some insight or inspiration.

Take on the new week with passion and drive! 

-Chelsea


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When Intuitive Eating Becomes Dangerous

It seems that amongst some of the diet trends, intuitive eating has become something similar to a movement as of lately. I almost get the sense that those who speak on their ability to ‘listen to their body’ and intuitively eat feel as if they are on a higher level then those who are tracking macros or practicing counting of any kind.

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Intuitive eating is understood as ‘natural eating’ or eating the way we all really should be. It’s quite simple. You eat when you’re hungry rather than based on the society’s created meal schedule. You stop when you are satisfied rather than when everything on your plate is done. Finally, you eat an amount based on body signals rather then set macros.

From a psychological standpoint, there is supposed to be zero guilt along with this way of eating because this is eating based truly on your body’s signals. If you are doing it right than you should be able to live without extreme cravings because when you do want something less nutrient dense you can have it in moderation without going overboard and over-indulging in it.

Food is therefore seen in a positive light and not seen as ‘bad foods’ vs ‘good foods.’

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Simple right? So this should be how we look at food…

But this isn’t always the case and I would argue that this idea of 100% following your body is actually impossible in our society these days. In more extreme cases, trying to listen to your body can actually be quite dangerous.

Let’s address the latter part of that statement first. Take me as an example, with all of my IBS symptoms and past ED experiences, I simply CANNOT attempt intuitive eating or I would loose weight like it was going out of style. Recently, I haven’t really felt much hunger. My IBS is really getting nasty and so food is just eaten and without being prompted by my body. Even post workout most days, I’m eating when I’m not feeling hunger because I know I have to eat. If I were to wait until I was hungry, I would be lucky to break 1000 calories I would guess.

The other issue here is satiety. Satiety for someone who has struggled in the past with food issues is not only physical but also equally mental. I may be having a bad body image day and look at a plate of food and assume it’s too much and actually feel full faster.

Your mind is powerful and can actually trick you into thinking you have had enough when you have actually under eaten.

Also, if you’re eating begins when you’re not feeling hunger, then technically you are already breaking the rule of ‘following your body signals’ no?

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So in a case such as mine, I have to track my macros and eat what is in front of me because it’s what my body needs to keep weight on and be able to fuel the rest of my day and training the following day. At the present time, that is just how it is and I have to accept that it is what will keep me on track and healthy.

On the other side of the spectrum, if someone is drastically overweight and used to eating certain excessive amounts of calories, they may have to feel a degree of hunger when making changes to their lifestyle to benefit their health. So in this case, once again, they may need to forgo what their body is telling them and eat based on a plan if that is what needs to be done to get them to a healthier body weight.

Now, I say this BUT at the same time I truly believe that the types of food that people choose to eat make all the difference here. Wholesome and nutrient dense foods are filled with fibre and water much more then processed and fast foods. As a result, they end up being just as filling (if not more) despite being dramatically lower in calories. In this case, people need to be educated on food choices so that they can avoid that hunger feeling as much as possible.

Again the mind may come into play here too, so a change of mind set may be in order. If you feel that something may not fill you up, that may just end up being the case. Be open minded and truly FEEL your body. 

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So these are extreme parts of the spectrum, but I also mentioned that think that even the bulk of the population can never truly be intuitive eaters based on how it was described earlier.

Why?

~ Does anyone these days truly see food as food? Can 100% say that they haven’t changed their choice based the fact that what they wanted was ‘bad’?

~Jobs and school don’t actually allow for us to be 100% in tune with our hunger. You can’t just get up and walk out of class because you got hungry. No, you have to wait. By the time you get out of class you may be starving and eat so fast that you aren’t really listening to your body’s signals. On the other hand, you could decide to eat before when you aren’t hungry…

~Social events are almost always around food. Do you think the majority of people who attend cocktail hour are actually truly hungry…or is it just that the food is there and others are eating it that we eat it too?

~We are generally eating while doing something like driving, watching TV, studying, etc so we are often unable to recognize true satiety. I believe that this is one of the biggest problems these days. We need to be less distracted when we eat, then maybe many wouldn’t overeat as often as they do. 

There are probably other things I could bring up here as well but I will leave it at those. You see, we can never really say we are 100% intuitive eaters. Society has pushed it’s norms onto us so much that we feel guilty about food and label it a junk or bad food, when truly, there is no bad food, just less nutritious options. **Unless it’s legit not even food… We all have to admit that we don’t take the time to really listen to our cues because we don’t have the time to be patient. We restrict ourselves against our cravings so they just grow and become monsters.

So in this case, I believe that the only TRUE intuitive eaters are infants and toddlers, those who have not been influenced so heavily by society yet. Well, maybe physiologically (as they don’t have a choice of food options mostly) they are intuitive. They will tell you when they are hungry and full in most cases. It is us adults who force food onto them and make them eat according to a schedule.

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So, while I’m not trying to say that you shouldn’t be proud of listening to your body and feeling based on cues and needs, because EVERYONE deserves to be at peace with food and just enjoy it, I think this whole intuitive eating movement has gotten a lil dragged out. People just need to do what works best for them and not preach to others how to be a better eater. If tracking is what works best then do it. If eating whenever works for you, than go with that. We are all at different stages and by putting this type of eating on a pedestal, it may leave those who don’t or can’t eat in this way feel as if they are weaker mentally.

It would be nice if everyone could just eat to enjoy and to live without much thought, but that just isn’t realistic for most. I think my major point, I guess, is that we need to stop placing fancy labels on things like this because it isn’t anything special or something that will or can be followed by everyone. It’s just a way of life for some and perhaps a goal for others.

Sorry if this post seemed kind of strange or random, it was just something I wanted to comment on. Thanks for reading friends and happy Tuesday.

-Chelsea