Preparing for a bodybuilding competition can be compared to prepping for a wedding day. It is NOT normal fitness. During competition prep, there is an endpoint a goal. That goal is to bring the best ever physique to the stage. In real life, there is no endpoint until one goe toes up 6 feet under.
The “competition ready body” is not meant to be sustainable. It is what I call a borrowed body. Why do I bring this up? Because it is analogous to losing weight for an event, only to rebound after the event. Because once a goal is met, the person is lost. Goals expire, but your purpose does not expire. Bodybuilders experience this too just like newlyweds after the wedding and honeymoon. I can vouch for both of these situations.?
The only lasting goal that counts is our purpose.
What a true purpose is:
- to maximize health and fitness
- to eat to nourish, not to punish
- to enjoy the journey
- to be living proof that women can be healthy enjoy themselves
- to maximize health with a strong fit body and mindset.
- to sail into midlife and beyond with a healthy mindset and fit body.
These purposes do not make us live in such a rigid way that we cannot enjoy life. Wine (if that is or thing) and amazing foods are part of a healthy content life…. I am of Italian descent and married to a Cuban, therefore we covet great food and drink!
Enjoying great food and wine while maintaining a fit moderately lean physique is possible. The key is to be consistent. This is the opposite of overindulging and then following up with a crazy restrictive short-term diet or detox. That kind of living is exhausting and evokes self-shame.
No one wants to be around a rigid militant dieter who is probably a miserable closet indulger anyway. The challenge is learning to enjoy responsibly. Consistency is always healthier than extreme restriction followed by extreme indulgence. This requires letting go of perfection. Being 80-90% consistent is far more effective than trying to be perfect, and giving into overeating from exhausted willpower.
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We do real life.