Week 2 – ENVY #7deadlysins

ENVY is the resentful or unhappy feeling of wanting somebody else’s success, good fortune, qualities, or possessions.  

Envy is a death sentence on the spirit.

One of my core values as a business woman is that the success of Sweat Fitness Studio does not mean the failure of another trainer, studio, box, or gym.  Sweat’s story does not hinge on another’s misfortune.  It is my heartfelt belief that Huntsville is dynamic enough of a city that fitness must take on many different voices.  I spend my energy and time making sure that our Sweat community receives effective and safe workouts alongside valuable nutritional recommendations.  I will never go to bed resenting or wanting what others do or create with their own energy and time.  Envy is not part of our business plan.

Similarly, the health and fitness success or failures of your family, friends, foes, or frenemies does not diminish nor augment the value of your own journey.  What others have or do not have is NOT a reflection on you, EVER.  There will always be someone stronger, faster, leaner, or quicker than you somewhere and also someone else you can beat with ease.  If you find yourself resentful that someone else has found success with fat loss or gained consistency in their athletic training, your time and energy is being lost.  (In addition, if you find yourself happy that someone else has fallen off the wagon and is struggling while you succeed your focus is also in the wrong place, but we will deal with PRIDE week 6!)  Envy must be eliminated from your daily thinking.

Reflect, redirect, and regroup.  Everyone, including yourself, deserves to reach their dreams.  There is room for EVERYONE’S happiness and success.

 1.  Benchmark-
Once again, expect all our Monday classes to begin w/ our Benchmark workout.  Worry about YOUR numbers and YOUR form.  What some else is or is not doing is no reflection on YOU.

2.  Nutrition- Protein!
The number one struggle I hear about at Sweat is the early evening binge.  I hear about the “continual meal” from 4-7pm.  Once you start in that pantry there is no stopping until after dinner.  You are famished even though you have been “good all day long.”  This critical error has A LOT to do w/ everything that happened or did NOT happen prior to your 4pm binge.  You, in fact, have NOT been “good all day”.  You have likely been depriving and underfeeding your body all day, leaving it no other choice than to enter into survival mode to which your will power is absolutely powerless!
The good news is that you have two greatly underutilized weapons against this habit and this week we challenge you to accept the first:  a PROTEIN based snack at around 3pm!  That’s right you are NOT to “white knuckle” your way to dinner.  I want to see you grab a lean, complete protein in ANY form.  If you want to jazz it up a bit, PLEASE do so.
Examples:
greek yogurt, handful of favorite fruit, handful of nuts
small grilled chicken salad
protein shake w/ a handful of whatever fruit you like and a handful of whatever greens you like
cottage cheese w/ the same “fix-ins” as a yogurt
vegetable omelette
On the go?
The Juice Bar has great protein shakes available- choose from hemp or whey for a complete protein.  As an added bonus mention “7 Deadly Sins” and get 10% off!!!!!  Yeah!!!!
Stop by Absolute Nutrition and grab Quest Bars or a protein powder to make your own shake.
Eat these snacks while in car line, with the kids while you help them with homework, or at your desk at work.  No more “waiting til I get home.”
Don’t forget to continue w/ your minimum 64oz of water and STACK ON the protein challenge!!!
3.  Activity- Mix it up!
Last week you amped it up by adding one additional day of intense physical activity to your life and this week you Mix it up!  For all the cardio lovers, strength is your next priority.  I better see you in Vain or TRX this week.  For all of those who fear the breathlessness of Punch, Drenched, or 20/20/20, it’s time to step out of your usuals.  Get UNCOMFORTABLE!
We thoroughly enjoyed hearing from you this week and how active you were in finishing this year strong.  Continue to tag Sweat Huntsville and use the hashtag #7deadlysins.

Good, Great, and Guilt

For those who don’t know or don’t remember, on Oct. 13th Sweat kicked off Braking Bad, Sweat’s first ever online nutritional coaching workshop led by the uber talented and experienced RD, Tammy Beasley.  We are two weeks into the program and our group of 15 can boast about big time breakthroughs regarding appetite, energy, and mindset.  Hot topic today…good, great, and guilt!!

95% of diets fail.  66% of those who have fallen off their “diet wagon” will actually gain back MORE weight than before.  Why?  The sexy diets out there kill your metabolism.  They teach you nothing but to acknowledge and love short term weight loss wins because those translate to multi-million dollar book sales.  $$$ is sexy.

Braking Bad is definitely about what and when to eat but has just as much to do with your mindset towards food.  Are you sad about good because great wasn’t achieved?  Do you feel guilty about each and every “bad” food you eat?

1.  Follow plan but there is to be no food guilt associated w/ a spoonful of ice cream or stealing a couple of fries off your child’s plate.  While you can view them as cheats, the reality is that it’s those small “permissions to let live” that create lasting fat loss change in the long run.  These small imperfections reduce food anxiety while satisfying a craving and will keep those big binges at bay.  Unless your goal is to be on stage in 12 weeks in a bikini competition, you do not need to sweat over every little bite of food.

2.  There is to be no food guilt associated w/ good in comparison to great!  Do you ONLY praise your child for making A+ marks?  If your child struggles in math and makes a hard fought B- are you disappointed?  Can I get a Facebook brag for a “grind it out C!!!”  If you spent most of this year over exercising and under eating and now find yourself making decisions, as Tammy says, “MORE OFTEN THAN NOT,” that leave your appetite down, your energy stable, and your binges at bay then you are on the right track.  You can turn that C into a B next time, as your skill power improves.  The C is a win and will create change!!

In short, a lifestyle change must match your unique metabolism, goals, and life’s schedule.  Once you have attained that, acknowledge that perfection is neither required nor to be admired.  Give yourself permission to live!