I know what you’re thinking… –> “What?! You’re supposed to tell me to STOP eating ice cream! That’s why I follow you guys!!”
I know, right?! Hear me out. If you’re focused on a short-term goal, where you really need to lose like 15 lbs by September to fit into that “Mother Of The Bride” dress that you boldly bought last year (or in my case a few years ago, “that bridesmaids dress that all of a sudden didn’t fit after a vacation to Mexico”) then by all means, skip the ice cream. And only eat chicken and broccoli and drink protein shakes for the next month….
Seriously though, if you’re looking to lose weight and keep it off FOR GOOD, and you want to enjoy your life in the process (and not constantly feel guilty), then just eat the ice cream… then move forward.
There are 2 main points that I want you to take out of this:
1) It’s ok to indulge in moderation
– Are you eating ice cream every single night?? That is not “indulging in moderation”. That’s having the “I grew up having dessert every night so I need dessert every night” thinking, or the “I just HAVE to have it” thinking and that is not at all what I’m talking about here. It’s, plain and simple, a childlike mentality to have. Is that helping you become the best version of yourself that you initially set out to be? Take responsibility and ownership for your success (this is KW Fitness Core Value #1)! I believe in you and I KNOW you have what it takes to stop thinking that way.
2) Move forward after you indulge
– Don’t dwell on it, don’t beat yourself up for it, but move on! If you indulge, ENJOY YOURSELF!
Because food can be a huge struggle for many of us, and we often have clients with YEARS of bad habits to break (I’m talking 30, 40 and sometimes 50+ years of bad habits to break) when we finally decide to get healthy for good, it can really be a mental battle if you are trying to figure out whether or not to “just eat the ice cream”. It can be mentally exhausting for someone who struggles with food issues.
A few years ago, I remember finding a recipe on Pinterest for “healthy banana ice cream” and getting really excited, only to find that it was really gross and didn’t taste like ice cream at all because it was literally a frozen, mashed up banana with some almond milk. This reminds me of a similar article I shared around the holidays from our friends at Precision Nutrition about eating real cookies- with the sugar, butter, flour and all. John Berardi, the company’s founder, talked about how his family doesn’t eat cookies all day everyday, but when they choose to partake around the holidays, they just eat the cookies! The flourless, sugarless, butterless, tasteless stuff just doesn’t taste the same to them. I totally get it. And they’re all still super healthy because they indulge in moderation.
Doesn’t it make it that much more rewarding when you work hard all week to eat healthy food that you’ve been preparing on your own (instead of fast food), you’ve been moving your body in some way shape or form almost everyday, you’ve been eating your veggies, and then decide to have a scoop of ice cream because you enjoy it?! I think it does! We do NOT recommend going with the 5-scoop banana split and eating the entire thing until you feel like you’re going to explode. THAT is where you get yourself into trouble. And it’s just plain irresponsible.
A few weeks ago, I shared in the Monday Motivator about “eating mindfully”. We discussed that “eating slowly and mindfully is actually more important than what you eat, when you eat, and getting anything else perfect!”
The key to long term success with food is to develop habits that are sustainable. Is cutting out ice cream (or your favorite holiday cookies) how you want to live for the rest of your life?! I doubt it!!
Be smart, be intentional, and enjoy the things you love. You know what’s pretty cool? The better you get with your eating habits, the less bad stuff you’ll want anyway! Your body will be like “ew Mandy, why are you feeding me these nasty Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups?! They’re disgusting now and I deserve better than this!” <— this is what happened to me a few Halloweens ago and I’m TOTALLY ok with it.
Thanks for taking the time to read this!- Mandy Webb, KW Fitness (below is a pic of me having ice cream last night, which Kevin insisted on taking and making me share with you 🙂