|This is what 5 foot 2 inches and 125 pounds of twisted steel look like. ;)|
I find that focusing my energy on the weight going up (what I'm lifting) rather than fighting the weight going down (on the scale), has lead to some pretty amazing strength gains and body composition changes. Instead of worrying about how long I'm working out, I focus on the quality of my workout.
Moving more weight at a faster rate = becoming more powerful = huge body composition changes.
I realized that when I started acting like and working out like an athlete, my body followed suit.
Rather than treating food as foe, it's my fuel. I think about the different ways fats, carbs and protein nourish and replenish my muscles, rather than what it's doing to my waist line.
I make sure I'm eating a vegetable or a fruit serving in almost every meal (focusing on what I CAN have!) rather than focus on what I can't or shouldn't have. Rather than restricting anything, I allow everything, in moderation. The second I try to tell myself a food is off-limits, it's the ONLY thing that I want. Generally, before I eat something, I think: how am I going to feel afterwards? Would I be proud of eating this? Or feel like a fatty? How much should I eat until I'm just satisfied, but not sick or stuffed?
I don't punish myself if I have a bowl of ice cream, a Pop Tart or a glass of wine either. You can't out train a bad diet. So, rather than tell myself, "Okay, I'll have these two Oreo's and just run an extra 2 miles tomorrow," I tell myself, "If 80% of the time I'm eating clean, these Oreo's are just fine." No guilt necessary.
I find the "Sharing Rule" to also help. 6 people shared that delicious monstrosity above. :)
I never stuff myself. But I'm never starve myself, either. I eat a lot over the course of the day, a lot, but never a lot in one sitting.
I'm not a fitness model, nor do I think I look anything close to one. I'm not the thinnest of my CrossFit friends, nor the strongest.
I'm just the best version of myself that I can be, and for me, that's enough!