Posted by Kara Madden | Monday, 1 June 2015
If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard “you’re crazy” or “you’re obsessed” about the gym, I’d be loaded.
That’s the thing with fitness and the endorphin’s it gives you – Like anything, if it makes you feel good you’ll continue to get that rush and it can become an addiction. So the big question is how do you learn to love that feeling?
My Number One Tip is to forget weight loss and a certain number. I mean what does it change when you hit it? Are you suddenly free of ever working out again? The answer is no. Mentally, a number is what makes you give up, it dictates your daily mood and can drive the motivation to give in to trying another quick-fix fad diet or shake shred only to fail again!
The first step is towards success is understand why we become addicted to junk food. Our senses are to blame. Firstly the taste – salty, sweet, sour. Then smells, I mean how good does a barbeque cooking an Aussie snag smell, or Davey’s pulled pork as I run past at Street Rolls mid mornings. And finally how the food feels in your mouth – crunchy, soft, smooth, creamy.
I then ask how long does that feeling, that sensation last and how do we stop our senses from demanding it again? Some ways to stop sugar cravings are going cold turkey and completely cutting out refined sugar. This means you need to reproduce the products you would normally eat, replacing the refined sugar with a healthier alternative yourself, which does take time and preparation. Choose quality over quantity – pay $7 for the organic blueberries rather than $3 for a Cadbury bar. Eat regularly, but eat smaller amounts which will sustain your blood sugar level longer. And get up and go – walk, run, hit the gym, do burpees, anything to stop you chillin’ with the fridge door open. Studies show that junk food is one of the biggest causes of depression in people aged as young as five up until we officially lose our marbles. That’s motivation to get rid of it right there!
The next step to the new you is understanding body image. The Internet world distorts perceptions of what is normal. Those insta-famous girls make us normal girls feel anything but that.
Remember a huge percentage of girls with the most amazing butts do this for a job! I too could be ripped and hot if I spent eight hours a day in the gym (admittedly I do spend about 10 hours a day in the gym but helping you guys feel amazing). I am currently writing this blog sitting on the exercise bike. These ‘insta-fit’ girls have coaches and they have meals prepared with the perfect macros to suit their workout. Unfortunately we all have “jobs” that see us fighting to get up at the crack of dawn or which force us to go home via the gym to squeeze an hour in. So forget that unrealistic image and create an image of a perfect you in your head. Then build her or him.
So now you have the food and body-image side covered. I have a guarantee for you. You will never fail at a workout, you will never fail at creating a strong, healthy real you.
For me, at the start, it was super tough. You have to do something 21 times before it becomes a habit, so that’s what I did. For 21 continuous days I slogged it out and it has turned into four continuous years. Now I’m like that naughty kid at Woolies cracking a tantrum if I don’t get to workout! Become obsessed for just three weeks and trust me, you won’t fail, you won’t care about a number but you will love the extra energy and your outlook on life will be totally different. It’s a way of life, the only way.
Written by Kara Madden
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