We've heard it a thousand times. "It's not a diet. It's a lifestyle." But what exactly does that mean?
I looked it up. life-style (noun)
[The way in which a person or group lives.] Not a lot of help there, Webster.
So I Googled it, and got a YouTube video of a pretty explicit rap song by Rich Gang. Also no help understanding what, "It's not a diet, it's a lifestyle" means.
I've had two distinct lifestyles. The first one, which I'll call my instant gratification at all cost self destruction low self worth phase. And the second one, my reset, my self care empowerment Sue 2.0 phase!
Some of the differences I noticed while thinking about both:
In my old life, I would skip all kinds of workouts, because a workout meant a shower, and I told myself I didn't have time for it. I was hung up on my hair, makeup, nails, etc. at the expense of feeling good about myself.
Sue 2.0 (haha) always chooses a workout over a shower if there's a choice. To do this, you need the following: a baseball hat, great deodorant, the ability to blow-dry your sweaty hair back into place, Q-tips to re-do make-up, and friends who care more about your health and happiness than your presentation.
Flip the switch. Muscles and a healthy heart trump nails and hair if you want the fit lifestyle. Learn the fine art of getting ready in 10 minutes or less after an amazing workout!
Disclaimer: Kim and I sometimes get out of control with this, in that we go way too many days without showering. For us, it is a badge of honor, but we're weird. We LOVE this lifestyle. It changed our lives radically. We apologize for the stank, and we understand if you need to keep a safe distance. : )
In my overweight, unhealthy days you could often find pizza boxes, frozen mac-n-cheese, ice cream, cookies, candy bars and bagels. And the fridge was stocked with cheese, processed meats, and high-calorie leftovers from restaurants.
My empowered lifestyle is so different. The fridge is stocked full of prepped veggies, salads, containers of meal prep (this week salmon, brown rice, green beans and peas), eggs, almond milk, and salsa. I still go out to eat, I just make better choices. I still shop at Kroger, I just buy different items now.
The fit lifestyle requires a commitment to plan and prep your food. I don't know any other way to do it. Devoting that hour a week is so worth not carrying around those extra 45 pounds! Buy some fun Tupperware and join the food prep revolution!
Way back in the day, my car had an ashtray full of stinky cigarette butts, fast food bags shoved in the back, and a Dr. Pepper in the cup holder. It was just another place to sit, eat and smoke.
You know you have truly crossed over to the other side, the fit lifestyle, when your car is filled with running/walking shoes, workout towels, a yoga mat, protein bars, water bottles galore, your trail belt, iPod and all kinds of other goodies that make your life a mobile gym. It's all there just in case. In the mood for a quick loop around Sharon Woods? You got that covered.
I'm not sure what filled my calendar in my old, unhappy, unhealthy lifestyle. A lot of work, computer and restaurants, I reckon. I did not know how to socialize without going out to eat. When I got there, I did not know how to make it about the person I was with. It was about the food and how it tasted.
You should see the calendar of Sue 2.0! Highbanks with Tom. BodyPump with my gym rats group. (OMG I am in a social group called the gym rats - see what I'm saying?) Run with Kim B. Hike with Marie. Hot Yoga with Kim K. It's so great.
In the fit lifestyle, two things happen consistently. One, you schedule your workouts ahead of time, build in some accountability, and go. You don't get hung up on cost, you GO! Two, you figure out that working out is the ultimate social time and you get yourself out of the restaurant and into the metro parks and fitness studios in your area!
So yes, I guess it is the way in which a person or group lives. I'll take it over the old way any day. Empowered! Fit! Happy! Healthy! Join us, step in, press in, and find the You 2.0 you've always dreamed of.
Oh, and don't forget your hat.