Fit people know how everything they do and eat affects their bodies. They take steps to avoid those things that make them not feel and perform their best.
I remember when I used to eat turkey bacon and eggs for breakfast—a traditional Western meal. I used to want to lie down and rest after eating, and sometimes I did. I knew in the back of my mind that my food was supposed to invigorate me, not make me sluggish. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong.
Then I started eating a more plant-based diet. Drinking a fruit and vegetable drink for breakfast or lunch makes me rarin’ to go. And if I slipped up and ate something that made me feel physically uncomfortable, I could drink a juice drink and it would clean that poison right out. A light workout has the same effect of cleaning the impurities out.
I also remember the heavy feeling I’d get in my abdomen after eating certain things. I don’t know what they were, I couldn’t pinpoint it, but the aftereffects are like a rock is rumbling around down there. After changing my diet to a more plant-based one I don’t have that feeling anymore. Fit people don’t have rocks in their tummies.
When you try to get fit, don’t hide the evidence, like the pooch with a pilfered crab cake filched off the table and eaten under the bed, aluminum foil and all, yes, Tyler, bad dog. Over the holidays I started keeping wrappers of processed snack foods I’d consumed. I found that flashing back on the stack sometimes prevented me from eating more – it was a visual reminder that I’d had enough junk.
One attribute of fit people is that they eat and sleep well. Sleep helps keep your body systems in rhythm. It’s always something; I used to sleep well and eat lousy, now I’m eating better and sleeping less. It’s going to be a challenge to get that back on track. One suggestion from The Boot Camp Girl is to make myself go to sleep earlier so I can get up earlier to exercise.
Good thinking. It’s 10:45 p.m. I’m signing up for a 6 AM Boot Camp tomorrow. ’Night.