I was recently delighted to be a guest blogger for Brian Fud, creators of a delicious new energy drink. My published article is below, hope you enjoy the read!
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I love strong brand names, the kind that when you hear it, you know exactly what it stands for. After a long process and many years of going back and forth with diets, exercise and weight loss, I am now at a place in my mind (not including the odd ‘off’ day or two!) where I realise that what I get out is what I put in.
I was therefore delighted when a fantastic company called Brain Fud (Instagram @BrainFud and Twitter @BrainFud), approached me to write an article around the topic of motivation and health. Brain Fud are the proud creators of a natural energy drink, and as those who follow me know, I am all for fresh and funky!
When I read the email from Brain Fud, I immediately knew what I wanted to write about…balance.
I know what you’re thinking…not another blog post bleating on about making the right decisions, eating healthy and making good choices. Well, in a way it is, but with a difference.
I don’t preach and I don’t expect anyone to have the same approach and ideologies to food and exercise as I do. We are all individual and we all have our own views and ways of making things work for ourselves, thats what makes us human. But what I do like to think, is that I can talk a little from experience.
The subject of lifestyle can be controversial. We all know someone who is being criticised for being too thin, too large, too un-healthy, too fit and can’t let go, vegans, gluten free and those on some weird and wonderful detox, ya know, the kind whereby you eat cauliflower 4 times a day and loose 10 stone by the end of week 1…
I believe that you have to find what works for you. I also believe that you can be either too one way or the other and the most important word is therefore ‘balance’. When it comes to lifestyle, the most important aspect of course is health. This comes into play whether you are under or over weight and it is so important that it is priority number 1.
I myself was always on the larger side of ok. And in fact I wasn’t ok and at the age of 22 I had high blood pressure, could barely run for 3 minutes and was 2 3/4 stone heavier than I am now. Fast forward 11 (ahem) years and my life couldn’t be more different from where it was then. When I look back, the craziest part of it was that I had more ‘guilt’ about what I ate then, than I do now, and I think thats because I knew if I didn’t get it under control, it would end up controlling me.
Along with a radical change to diet, I was also very very honest with myself. There was no more avoiding the scales, mirrors or ingredients about what I was shovelling into my mouth. I also found running, which has now become one of my great loves. I have learnt so much, but more importantly I am still learning.
The biggest thing I have learnt is to find what works for me. Whether it be a run in the morning in order that I can enjoy a dirty burger on a Saturday night or having treats on the weekend because I know that’s now not my norm. Don’t get me wrong, if this isn’t you then that’s cool too and there are days when this isn’t me either.
The thing which has the biggest part to play here is moderation and making those metaphorical scales equal. As long as you are healthy and happy and have found the answer to your own; exercise + diet = harmony, then I salute you. Your mind has a massive part to play in this. How you view yourself and how you think others view you too, so keeping your mind balanced is vital, this includes finding a happy medium between keeping yourself on track and motivated whilst also finding a happy medium in order that you can enjoy yourself.
After all, the biggest judgement comes from ourselves and if you can find your inner parity, then stick to it. Have that greasy fry up on a Sunday, have that choccie bar in the afternoon and have the odd occasional cry when you feel like you’re just not getting there. Just don’t unpack your suitcase and stay there because you deserve to have it all and thats when things spiral out of control. Kick your heels and dust yourself down and pick up where you left off.
Everyday brings the awakening of a new start and a new opportunity, so embrace it to the fullest.
Love Debs Xo