1) Working out the way I do makes me feel SO good. My workouts are fun, they give me massive energy, and they make me feel incredible. I love how capable and empowered my workouts make me feel when I am doing them. Furthermore, they are extremely beneficial for my soccer, and they are also very beneficial for my daily life. I am always motivated to work out. Many people will pop a pill, have a drink, or eat some junk food to feel good. My workouts are a natural mood enhancer and energy booster.
2) I work out to be able to do cool things, and I am always striving to top what I am currently doing. My goals are all performance oriented. I haven't focused on working out to control how I look in years, and I never will again as this mindset leads to obsessive thoughts, mental exhaustion, significantly reduced motivation, and far inferior results, including the aesthetic ones. Quite frankly, I don't care if people like how I look. I work out to please myself, and nobody else. This took me years to achieve, and it is so liberating.
3) I enjoy 100% of the food that I eat. I have discovered healthy yet delicious versions of unhealthy foods, and I have come up with so many other healthy recipes that taste amazing. The information is out there and is abundant. All it takes is a little effort and practice. Eating is meant to be enjoyed, and it is completely possible to eat well AND enjoy it. This is virtually the only way a person will be able to maintain a healthy lifestyle, that is, unless they are ok with being bored out of their mind when they eat.
4) No food (or drink) is off limit. If I feel like something I will have it. However, I don't have it all the time, and more often than not, I really don't want to anyway because all of my healthy foods taste so incredible.
5) I remain consistent and avoid all extremes. My eating and workouts remain the same year round. This makes maintaining (or improving) my overall fitness and body composition effortless. Although I am well aware that it is a huge marketing tool, I am not remotely into working out to achieve a ''bikini body by the summer,'' and I am not going to do some insane, ineffective AND often expensive detox/cleanse so I can ''meet my goal weight as part of my New Year's resolution.'' BS marketing ploys like these cause me to roll my eyes. This is not a lifestyle that will stick. This is part of the crash dieting/binge exercising epidemic that is keeping the yo-yo'ing body fat levels, low fitness levels, extreme dysfunction/body issues, high health care costs, and low motivation levels at an all time high.
As my clients all know, I am not one to preach about the aesthetics, nor do I promote or condone extreme exercise or diets to achieve a goal body composition or appearance. I am 100% about helping my clients establish a healthy, enjoyable, and realistic lifestyle that they will be able to maintain for the rest of their lives. If they are able to achieve this, they will look, feel, and perform the way they like for the rest of their lives.
This lifestyle took me awhile to develop because like many, I had to overcome my own body image issues. As I've mentioned before, I also used to attempt to control some internal issues that I thought were out of my control (even though they TOTALLY weren't) by trying to control how I looked. I was ridiculously rigid with my eating and workouts (endless cardio and obsessive calorie counting/deprivation), yet my results were crap. Fortunately, once I changed my mindset and achieved a healthy and enjoyable lifestyle, my life improved tenfold, and my eating/working out became effortless. This is not discipline, this is not willpower, this is loving what I do, and how I feel.