One Cheat Meal Or Missed Workout Doesn’t Mean Failure

I’ve had this issue in the past. Most people I know have had this issue in the past. And it’s unfortunate.

We’ve all been there… You’re clean-eating like a champ, making sure to get #VeggiesMost and eschewing all of the sugary desserts. You’re working out daily, and feeling the literal burn in your muscles. You’re staring at ourselves nakedly each evening and feeling so many happy butterflies over how much your body is changing as you near your goal. And then…

Disaster strikes.

It might be a party.

It might be a vacation.

It might be the holidays.

But whatever it is…you don’t live up to your daily #FitFam expectations. And you feel gross.

A college-freshman’s wet dream, and a college-sophomore’s nightmare as they try to undo the damage of the past 365 days. These foods are tasty and are perfectly fine to enjoy on occasion. Just don’t make them daily staples in your diet.

You’ve devoured 4 slices of pizza, some cookies, a soda, and then laid on the couch all day. By the end of the evening, you’re beating yourself up and feel terrible. You want to go running to burn off the meal, but you’re too full and bloated to go more than a few steps. What do you do next??

Well, first, remember that we’re all human. No one is expected to eat clean and workout every single day. Personal trainers indulge. Celebrities indulge. Models indulge. Everyone indulges sometimes. That’s why the term “weekly cheat meal” exists. Should you use your weekly cheat meal as an excuse to drink a carton of lard. Helllll no! But indulging in your favourite greasy foods is a-okay!

Just as one healthy meal doesn’t make you lose 10 lbs, one unhealthy meal doesn’t make you gain 10 lbs. It’s all about consistency. If all you eat are veggies, whole grains, and lean proteins, then yes you will lean out and lose weight. If all you eat is grease, fried foods, and cakes, then yes you will bloat and gain weight. But one meal is not enough to influence one or the other.

Just as one healthy meal doesn’t make you lose 10 lbs, one unhealthy meal doesn’t make you gain 10 lbs.

Everyone deserves a guilty pleasure. Everyone has their favourite cheat meal. Why have it if you never use it? Think about your week to-come, and plan out the day for your cheat meal! (For all of my American readers, Thanksgiving Day dinner is your cheat meal this coming November. You’re welcome). And then, let loose on that cheat meal.

Trust me, you’re going to rememberi that cheat meal the following day, and you’ll have that much more motivation to hit the gym and continue your path to fitness.

Pilates-style HIIT workouts are my favourites! I recommend giving online workouts by Kayla Itsines, Lucy Wyndham-Read, and Blogilates a try if you’re looking for something new 🙂

What you shouldn’t do is to give up. Don’t feel like a failure (even though it’s inevitable at times, especially on vacations). Don’t say to yourself, “Well, I’ve been lazy for two days, so I guess this is it for my fitness plans”. NO! NO, NO, NO! So what that you were lazy for two days? Hop back on the horse, and start galloping your way to success again.

Repeat After Me: A two-day rest should not equate the destruction of your goals. Every workout and every healthy meal helps to further your goals. Again, if anything, a rest or a cheat meal should motivate you further to meet your goals. Where’s that determination and drive? I know you’ve got it. So use it 😘

HIIT Your Way To Fitness!

Do you love high-energy workouts that actually work, but you don’t have a ton of time to dedicate to the gym? If so, then you will love the new and improved form of interval training known as High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). HIIT workouts have boomed in popularity because of the amazing benefits that they hold for people who regularly perform them.

HIIT workouts typically involve powerful spurts of exercise followed by short rest intervals. With this type of training, your heart rate stays up and, in turn, helps you to burn more fat. This satisfying fat-burn occurs both during and following your workout. Yes. You will burn fat as you recover on your couch.

Group sweats are the best sweats!

When I can, I enjoy workouts that are an hour long (dance is my favourite cup of tea). However, since I tend to find myself on a time crunch most days, HIIT workouts are perfect for me. Most of the workouts are 10–30 minutes long, so I can easily squeeze in a workout anytime.

I also make sure that I watch what I eat, read health related posts from healthy body healthy mind to improve my own health, and take natural health supplement daily. Working out can be counteracted pretty effectively by eating a lot of take out among other things, so keep this in mind if you don’t want you hard work to be wasted. As for the health supplement, I felt it was a nice addition to healthy eating. It makes me feel more energetic so I really like it. It is called kratom masters if you would like to check it out as well.

Even though the workouts are shorter, that doesn’t mean that I burn fewer calories than normal. Because of the bursts of high-intensity exercises combined with the short recovery periods, HIIT workouts are just as beneficial as your longer standard workouts.

HIIT workouts are also known for their efficiency. While working to your max level, you will be burning more calories in a shorter amount of time than you would with other workouts. Interval workouts in general are known for having a higher after-workout burn effect because of their burst nature.

One of the best parts of HIIT is that you can do your workouts either at home or in a group class setting. Because the training is accessible to all fitness levels, group class settings are fun because you have people around you to push you to your limits. You don’t want to be the first one to stop, do you?

Erin Kwaitkowski, a HIIT instructor, explained why she feels that this is the best workout on the market right now:

Okay, okay, I can’t do this maneuver, but kudos to those of you who can!

“HIIT is an amazing exercise for anyone because you can go at the pace that you’re comfortable with,” said Kwaitkowski. “Even if you aren’t as advanced as other people in your class, you will get a tough workout as long as you put in the effort.”

What it boils down to is that HIIT is all about using your energy effectively. If you do a 15 minute HIIT workout to your maximum strength, you will burn more calories and see results faster than you would with your everyday exercise routine.

Interval training is a concept that has sculpted amazing results on the people who incorporate it into their regular exercise routines. Remember, that interval training helps you to keep burning calories after your workout, which–to me–is one of the best benefits of all.

Home workouts are my preference. Get yourself some workout equipment, and sweat your little heart out!

No matter if you have hours to exercise, or if you are on your lunch break, HIIT should be the perfect workout for you. Whether you’re a regular gym-goer, or you haven’t been to the gym in months, there is never a bad time to start back up again. And with HIIT, there is no reason to go to a gym at all! This is why HIIT is a time-efficient and energy-efficient exercise that has become popular among many people today.

With a variety in HIIT workouts, your exercises will never be repetitive, and you can figure out what routines you like and dislike. Although HIIT exercises are high-intensity, you will still have the ability to go at your own pace through modifications and breaks. If you’ve been looking for a new exercise routine to try that will deliver great results, HIIT is it!