What’s Fueling You
Today I want to touch on something I find to be pretty important. The other day I was having a conversation with my best friend about food. No surprise there, huh?
Well I’m not talking drooling over sprinkles. I’m talking about using food as fuel and how it changes your body. I love snacks and things as much as the next girl, but I’ve now been on prep for 13 days (not that I’m counting) and have noticed a huge difference already.
Take day 1 that I did fasted cardio. I had to stop after 14 minutes. FOURTEEN! I could pound out an hour no problem in the middle of my prep. Today? Well I did my time without any struggle.
So did I magically get in shape in 13 days? No. I was always in shape. However, there was one difference.
I have followed my diet exactly, fueling myself with clean foods. Before prep I was still enjoying sugar, restaurant food, and things off plan. It made me feel sluggish, tired, fatigued, and completely out of shape. Now I’m not saying you cannot enjoy those things EVER, but I downright took advantage of it for a while and it took a toll on my body. I can’t imagine feeling that way all time time. At times I would just feel “gross”, there’s no other way to describe it.
Going off that, yes my coach is allowing me an occasional meal off plan. It has yet to happen, but it will in the future. Before I was all about NO CHEATS, but I think a meal here and there so far away from a contest is perfectly manageable.
Here’s where I change things up. I am done with CHEAT MEALS. Think of that phrase. It’s negative huh? You are CHEATING. Cheating yourself, cheating your body, cheating the program. I’m done with those words. From now on Tony and I are calling them TREAT MEALS. It should be a positive thing, not a negative. Guilt should not be associated with enjoying food. I’m over making myself feel bad. So please join the movement with me and say buh-bye to the word Cheat.
But anyway, so far so good on the plan. In case you missed it, yesterday I posted this picture on my Instagram.
My shoulders are definitely not what they were and that’s okay. I can’t be shredded fitness Barbie all the time.
However, I’m working really hard for the delt comeback and I want them better than ever!
I hope you have a fabulous day. I’m going to end this post with a happy picture of Shelby Ann because well, puppies are adorable!
XOXO With a Cherry On Top,