Strong in the Gym, but Not in the Kitchen?

I’ve never heard anyone say “I feel so fat, if only I could be stronger in the gym”. No, that never happens. What they say is, “I’m so fat, I just wish I could be stronger around food”. The fact is, what we do in the gym is the easy part. It’s what we do in the kitchen that is tough.

Fork and Dumbbell

strengthWe need food. It’s fuel for our body – BUT we have to learn to control food like we learn to control a weight. Think about this: When people first lift free weights, their weights are all over the place. Every movement feels a little unnatural. Newbies are shaky, wobbly and unbalanced. Lifting weights takes a certain amount of practice, which require repetition. Then, once we are able to control the weight,  we work to improve, increasing the weight, and improving our skill. 

healthy cookingWe could use some of those same principles in the kitchen. We must first do what comes unnatural for us. For example, you may need to force yourself to eat 5-6 times a day at first. Like trying a new exercise, we have to try new things with our diet, like counting calories or making protein shakes. Then, you have to practice those things over and over – yes, you heard right. We have to practice eating healthy. You will practice new recipes and try new snacks – and just like when we practice anything else, we will not always get it right. So we keep working on it.

Look at the definition of what practice:

Practice: repeated performance or systematic exercise for the purpose of acquiring skill or proficiency. “Practice makes perfect.” 

Don’t you think we could all use more practice when it comes to eating right? This means we have to REPEATEDLY keep trying to improve our eating habits, even when we fail, until we are proficient in healthy eating. Like anything else, it will take work. We can’t rely on shortcuts or happenstance. But, just like the work we put in the gym, the work we put in the kitchen comes with a great reward! You will get stronger.

Be strong in the kitchen

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About Bonnie Pfiester

Fitness Columnist and Lifestyle Coach, Resident Trainer for Designer Whey, Fitness Advisor for FitStudio, powered by Sears, FitFluential Ambassador and Owner of Max Fitness Club, home of BCx Boot Camp in Vero Beach, Florida.

Posted on May 3, 2013, in Diet & Nutrition Tips, Mantras, Motivational, PFOCUS, PFOODIE and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I needed this. Thank you!

  2. Awesome post! Ur blog is so fresh and fun to check out!

  3. Getting and keeping good eating habits is something I struggle with. I like your idea of seeing it as a challenge like lifting weights and practicing to get better.

  4. I always believe that the right ratio is 80% food and 20% exercise ! Great article ! Thank you

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