Hello, friends! How is your week going so far? It’s cold and blustery here and the S-word is in the forecast for tomorrow night and Friday morning. I just want to eat all of the food and hibernate for the next few months, but instead I’ve been dragging my ass out of bed in the morning and working out because I know it’s good for my winter blues. It’s hard, though, I’m not going to lie.
I saw this post on Instagram the other day, and it really hit home with me:
Credit: Wendy Solganik
I’ve spent the last couple of months giving myself challenges, experimenting with what works and what doesn’t work to help me stay at a healthy weight and feel good, both physically and emotionally. I gave up alcohol for 30 days, which went well, and then I tried intermittent fasting, which didn’t go so well.
If you’ve ever researched the best way to lose weight, you know about all of the conflicting information out there. How do you know what to do? It’s super frustrating! Trust me, I know! When I started gaining weight, I did tons of research! Turns out, I was eating too many carbs. POTATOES ARE SO BAD FOR YOU. Oh wait, you can lose weight eating nothing BUT potatoes. But I needed more protein! Hmmm….maybe not. My metabolism had slowed down because I stopped running, but cardio is bad for you and you should lift weights instead!
I’ll admit: for a while I just surrendered and said “Fuck it” and just did what I wanted, which led to more weight gain.
So that’s when I decided to try doing my 30-day experiments. The main goal of these experiments is to figure out what works for me. It’s been very enlightening.
Look, I’m no expert, but I’ve done enough research to know that there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. What’s important is to figure out what works for me, what is sustainable for me, and what keeps me fit and healthy. And what works for me may not necessarily work for others.
I’m still trying to decide what my next 30-day experiment will be. We are going on vacation next week right before the Thanksgiving holiday, so I may just take a hiatus from my challenges until after we get back. The timing will be perfect, as it will be the holiday season. It will give me a bit more time to decide what I want to do. I have a few ideas bouncing around in my head right now, but haven’t come up with a clear plan yet.
How about you? Do you get frustrated with all of the conflicting info out there or do you feel like you have it figured out?