I’m pretty stoked about this post. I’ve tangoed with this idea before and looking back at it now, I can see that I didn’t really want it before. Before, it was just an idea. Something I thought I should do, but didn’t really want to do. So I’d try it out and always end up retreating to old habits and behavior.
This is the way it works with all kinds of change. You have to want to change. I can’t make someone want to workout. I can’t make them want to be healthy and fit. They have to want it for themselves. Lord knows, I wish I could make people want it. Just as I wished I could make myself want this…and I finally do. So I’m going to go with yesterday’s date, since this idea fully blossomed yesterday into a solid commitment on my part, and let you know that I am now…
Let’s talk about wine. I had my partying days in my 20’s and slowly and gradually moved over to the “occasional glass of red wine” crowd. Every other type of alcohol just made me feel terrible the next day. Sometimes that occasional glass of red wine becomes a stress relief crutch. Sometimes it becomes 2 glasses. Sometimes it’s half a glass. But the healthier I became and the cleaner I ate and the fitter I got, the faster wine would go to my head. Like 4 sips and I felt buzzed. This would lead to me being completely unproductive for the rest of the evening. Relaxed, but unproductive.
Which doesn’t get me to my goals. See, I have goals. WOOHOO GOALS! YEAH! And one of those goals is to be the fittest and healthiest version of myself so that I can continually inspire and motivate my clients and those around me to be the healthiest version of themselves. I’m super passionate about health and fitness. As a trainer and nutritionist, I want to set a stellar example. I want to BE THE CHANGE that I wish to see in others, which means, for me, that I’m cutting out the wine. Waving adios to that after work glass of red. It was never every day, but it was enough that I finally took notice and said, “Hey Self, I don’t think this is serving you or helping you get closer to your goals.” And I said, “You know what, Self? I think you’re right!” And that was pretty much how it went down.
Now am I saying that I won’t have a few sips of a celebratory toast or something like that for a special occasion? No. I’m not that tightly wound. What I’m saying is that those few glasses of wine a week are now going the way of the dodo. Extinct. I want to be the best coach I can be for others, but most importantly, I want to be the best version of me for ME, for the people I love, and for my life!
My recent trip to the Adirondacks really had a profound affect on me that I didn’t fully realize until after I got home. The first week back I was sad. I missed it so much. I missed those trees and that air and the mountains and the water and the experiences so much. I missed waking up and having to walk through our campground to get to the bathroom. Immediately being active upon waking up and immediately being outside upon waking up – that’s effing RAD. I’ve never done that before for that amount of time. It was the first time I wore a headlamp. That was pretty rad too, except for accidentally shining it in other peoples faces. I’m still learning. But I love being outside that much. It was awesome. There’s such a purity and exuberance in natural living. I want more of that, a lot more of it, in my life. To me, alcohol doesn’t really fit with it.
Rock climbing outside was badass but it does help to be in tip top shape for hauling your body weight delicately around a rock and I want to keep getting better at it. I love so many outdoor activities and I want to not only be able to do them, but do them well – for a long freaking time.
I feel like cutting out wine will be that difference for me – that edge – where I can take my health and fitness to the next level. Athlete style and all. 🙂
I know there will be naysayers and “boo” comments from the peanut gallery but I’m living my life to fulfill my purpose to help and inspire others, and to give my all to the people that I love. It’s a self respect thing for me. Self love. And love and respect for those in my life – to always take care of myself and be the best me I can be. So I am SUPER STOKED!
PROS: better sleep, better skin, better digestion, weight loss, more energy, more cash in my wallet, my liver and kidneys are happy, I don’t consume glasses of calories, I always remember everything that you say all the time, I won’t have red wine teeth stain where it looks like I was feeding on bears in the woods, oh and all of these reasons too: http://elitedaily.com/life/benefits-of-giving-up-alcohol/1100060/
CONS: Other people’s opinions and peer pressure. But that’s okay. I’m used to that. I’ll just shake that off. Plus, I’ve got support from some amazing people in my life so that always is a huge plus.
So if YOU want to join me or have been looking for motivation to get on board, join me! Say bye bye to the booze. Welcome to the alcohol free party- we make kickass smoothies. And if you don’t join, that’s okay too! It’s all about being true to yourself and doing YOU. You have to want it. Whatever it is in life that you’re going for, you have to want it. And I want this.
Time to take life to the next level! It sure is beautiful! 🙂