Lydia’s AbsoluteFIT Journey:  It’s Gotta Be the Food

via – Lydia M. | AbsoluteFIT Blogging Pro

Working out is easy. Eating right is hard.
Working out is easy. Eating right is hard.

Working out is easy.

I don’t mean the actual AbsoluteFIT workouts are easy — they’re tough, as tough as you make ‘em (and I like ‘em tougher than a steak grilled up by a vegan). But for me, planning and going to and getting through my sessions is the easy part of fitness: I enjoy them, the class schedule suits my own, and they’re only 45 minutes, a few times a week.

The hard part is staying within my daily calorie allotment, day after day.

I love food — appetizers, bread, fried stuff, all the good summery fare like grilled corn with lots of butter, or ice cream and ice cream-based treats. And I like to drink — there’s something about having a few “pool beers” on a Saturday afternoon (at 150 calories per), or relaxing on the deck with my husband, cocktail in hand (vodka gimlet, 316 calories), or meeting the gals for a couple of glasses of wine (140 calories each). And don’t forget snacks (PSA: Don’t ever go to Trader Joe’s hungry!) and random cheese samples and lattes and “Oh hey, free donuts!”

I don’t think of it as “good” or “bad” — I don’t feel guilt about anything I eat, and as I’ve said before, I’ve come to crave healthier foods and automatically make better choices than I used to. But I have to admit, I’d rather work out five times as much and eat what I like, than work out less and restrict my food more.

So I’ve come to accept that most days, I will be disciplined about my intake — but some days, like yesterday, I will blow it completely (I was within the limit and then … Haagen Dazs vanilla bean ice cream with homemade butterscotch topping happened! It was the darndest thing … and it was TOTALLY WORTH IT.).

AbsoluteFIT is what keeps me evened out — and I’m sticking to it.

—Lydia M. 

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