This past week, I had a few drinks. Which is a few more drinks than I normally have.
I used to drink three or four times a week. When I say drink, I’m not talking about a glass of wine. I’m talking about a whole bottle, or in my case, box. It was college: alcohol, party, pizza… repeat. Don’t get me wrong, it was a blast but I was over it and deep down wasn’t fully happy, so I made some changes. Over the last few years I stopped drinking like I did when I was 18 and 19. I didn’t like waking up on Sunday morning not knowing what happened in the last 12 hours. I didn’t like having to write a paper with a migraine. I didn’t like my beer belly. I didn’t like the decisions I made.
I still went/go out, just sober. Call me lame but I’m still fun. Anyways, last week was different: I drank. I had vodka instead of water. I snacked late at night when I wasn’t hungry. I didn’t get enough sleep. But here’s the catch: I woke up the next morning and I didn’t feel bad about it. I didn’t skip meals (or snacks). I ate like I normally would. I didn’t workout for 3.5 hours. I went spinning for an hour. I lived.
I love brussel sprouts, I like waking up at 5am to workout and I pick-and-choose my sweet treats. All of these things make me happy but I am learning along the way: one drink, or two drinks, or an extra slice of pie or cutting a workout short will not derail my lifestyle. It will not take me back to a body I wasn’t happy with. It will not take me back to unhealthy habits.
I wrote this post for you but also for me. Last week’s social outings helped me realize that it is very possible to balance vodka and veggies. I don’t want to be “that” fitness freak and health foodie who works out alllll the time and only eats healthified versions of everything that tastes like grass. I don’t want to make people around me feel guilty for eating pizza and ice-cream. I don’t want to turn down a drink or dessert because I’m worried about sabotaging my lifestyle.
Yes I strongly believe in eating whole foods that nourish and fuel my body. Yes I love to workout. I drink green smoothies, buy weird seeds and think a trip to Whole Foods is exciting. When I go out with friends I have absolutely zero desire to end my evening with a burger from McDonald’s. But when I go to a French bakery, you bet I’m getting an almond croissant. I indulge here and there and that’s what makes me, me.
My goal is to give you delicious recipes, sweaty workouts but never make you feel like you can’t eat or do something. Live your life and do what works for you.
So have that martini because body-pump and overnight oats will be there in the morning.
No questions, just your thoughts.