From Feeling Guilty to Giving No F's

Food is a funny thing.  It can make us feel really good in the moment but then ridden with anxiety and guilt for the other 95% of the time that we aren't eating throughout the day.

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One of the key things for me was when I was able to shift my mindset from feeling guilty because I ate pizza and it was "going to make me fat" (yep, males have this mindset too) to I ate pizza and "that was some damn good pizza" and then just carrying on with my life and living my purpose.

One of the big contributors to this shift in mindset was because I started living not just for me right then and there and the "me of the past" that I was trying to avoid, but for "future me."

The me that wants to be able to play basketball in a league with college guys when I'm 40 and still hold my own. 

The me that at 50 that wants to look and perform like I did when I was 35. 

The me at 60 who will still own and operate a gym (along with other business ventures), and look the part (and feel like it too). 

The me at 70 that will be hiking mountains, still playing basketball, weightlifting, and doing whatever else I damn well please.

The me that used to feel guilty when I ate those foods likely felt guilty because my behaviors on the front end and back end of that pizza binge were pretty similar to that pizza binge.  My nutrition overall was just flat out poor. 

The mindset now of being able to shrug it off comes from doing what I need to do 80% of the time.  In fact, as I type this, I'm going to have lunch today with a friend at Jolly Pumpkin.  You can bet your ass that I'm going to have a JP Burger :-)

My nutrition since yesterday looks like this:

  • Mixed greens salad with roasted peppers, tomatoes, grilled chicken, and light balsamic dressing

  • 1/2 a turkey sandwich with arugula & light mayo

  • 6 ounces of ground bison and 10 ounces of sweet potato

  • 8 ounces of grilled chicken, 2 handfuls of mixed veggies, 1 cup & a half of white rice, 1/2 an avocado

  • 2 handfuls of raspberries

  • 2 No Cow protein bars

  • 1 bottle of Pedialyte (during 1.5 hours of basketball in very humid gym)

  • Breakfast today was 6 ounces of grilled chicken and 10 ounces of sweet potatoes. 

Even when I have my burger today, I'm going to not get truffle fries (I love truffle fries, but I won't miss them) and will replace it with a greens salad.

I grew up with a very poor relationship with food (I was taught low fat was king, so Pop-Tarts, Lean Pockets, fat free hot dogs were the norm…I never even had an avocado until I was in my mid 20's), but the pain of what my nutrition habits were giving me were enough to shift my perspective and acknowledge that "this isn't working for me.  I need to change".

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