By Debs Cortes
After a long process and many years of going back and forth with diets, exercise and weight loss, I am now at a place in my mind (not including the odd ‘off’ day or two!) where I realise that what I get out is what I put in.
I was therefore delighted when a fantastic company called Brain Füd approached me to write an article around the topic of motivation and health. Brain Füd are the proud creators of a natural energy drink, and as those who follow me know, I am all for fresh and funky! I love strong brand names, the kind that when you hear it, you know exactly what it stands for.
When I read the email from Brain Füd, I immediately knew what I wanted to write about… balance.
I know what you’re thinking – not another blog post bleating on about making the right decisions, eating healthy and making good choices. Well, in a way it is, but with a difference.
I don’t preach and I don’t expect anyone to have the same approach and ideologies to food and exercise as I do. We are all individuals and we all have our own views and ways of making things work for ourselves, that’s what makes us human. But what I do like to think, is that I can talk a little from experience.
The subject of lifestyle can be controversial. We all know someone who is being criticised for being too thin, too large, too un-healthy, too fit and can’t let go, vegans, gluten free and those on some weird and wonderful detox. Ya know, the kind whereby you eat cauliflower 4 times a day and lose 10 stone by the end of week one…
I believe that you have to find what works for you. I also believe that you can be either too one way or the other and the most important word is therefore ‘balance’. When it comes to lifestyle, the most important aspect of course is health. This comes into play whether you are under or over weight and it is so important that it’s your first priority.
I myself was always on the larger side of ok. And in fact I wasn’t ok and at the age of 22 I had high blood pressure, could barely run for 3 minutes and was 2 and 3/4 stone heavier than I am now. Fast forward 11 (ahem) years and my life couldn’t be more different from where it was then. When I look back, the craziest part of it was that I had more ‘guilt’ about what I ate then, than I do now, and I think that’s because I knew if I didn’t get it under control, it would end up controlling me.
Along with a radical change to diet, I was also very very honest with myself. There was no more avoiding the scales, mirrors or ingredients about what I was shovelling into my mouth. I also found running, which has now become one of my great loves. I have learnt so much, but more importantly I am still learning.
The biggest thing I have learnt is to find what works for me. Whether it be a run in the morning in order that I can enjoy a dirty burger on a Saturday night or having treats on the weekend because I know that’s now not my norm. Don’t get me wrong, if this isn’t you then that’s cool too and there are days when this isn’t me either.
The thing which has the biggest part to play here is moderation and making those metaphorical scales equal. As long as you are healthy and happy and have found the answer to your own; exercise + diet = harmony, then I salute you. Your mind has a massive part to play in this. How you view yourself and how you think others view you too, so keeping your mind balanced is vital, this includes finding a happy medium between keeping yourself on track and motivated whilst also finding a happy medium in order that you can enjoy yourself.
The title of this piece is actually a mantra I repeat to myself ever since I started my lifestyle kick 4 years ago. I never ever tell myself that I am on a diet anymore, I simply say that my regime is my normal. That’s an 80/20 lifestyle for me. ‘Good’ most of the time and treats when I want them, personally it’s when this is reversed that I end up gaining weight and worst of all, I do not feel myself. Not only that, for me whenever I told myself I was on a diet, I immediately felt restricted and deprived, and then of course I never stuck to it. Totally counterproductive!
After all, the biggest judgement comes from ourselves and if you can find your inner parity, then stick to it. Have that greasy fry up on a Sunday, have that choccy bar in the afternoon and have the odd occasional cry when you feel like you’re just not getting there. Just don’t unpack your suitcase and stay there because you deserve to get where you want to be and that’s when things spiral back out of control.
Kick your heels and dust yourself down and pick up where you left off. Every day brings the awakening of a new start and a new opportunity, so have your treat days, have your moderation days and most of all embrace it to the fullest and be happy.
The Brit behind the Blog. As well as a healthy obsession for anything avocado and sushi, Debs “number crunches” by day and runs the blog My Wardrobe Utopia by night. My Wardrobe Utopia was born in 2014 to combine Debs love of writing with, first and foremost, her love of fashion. After overhauling her diet and exercise regime she founding running, which has become an intrinsic part of her life and quickly the blog grew into something which encompasses anything from outfit of the day, a good recipe to beauty blogging. You can find Debs on Twitter and Instagram and over on her blog, mywardrobeutopia.com.