Dammit! (You Can’t Out-Exercise A Bad Diet)

Oh, MAN!

Chicks…as you might have guessed from the ominous title of this post, we have Drill Sargeant Jodi on our backs, ah… in our face, um…with us again today! And this time I feel like she snuck into my head and pulled out my Big. Fat. Secret.

…Hi, my name is Misty,
and I exercise because I love to eat…

Looks like I’d better start getting real. Read on for Jodi’s bullshit shining words of wisdom. If it makes you feel better while reading, any and all swear words are welcomed and highly encouraged… In fact, you can get real creative with it if you want – just be sure to tell us what you come up with so we can be sure to use it later too! lol

 ….Motherfelching, doucherockin’ flurpleglurph….

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“I just ran for 3 miles, now I can have anything I want to eat!”

Hmm, I think we have all felt at one point that we “deserved” a treat because we workout. (Yes, I have done it too. Misty says, thank Jesus! She’s only part robo-girl!) But…you can’t out-exercise a bad diet.

First off let me say that I love seeing exercise and fitness being promoted more and more in society. Yet, that isn’t enough. What we put into our bodies does count. Think before you eat. Check your portions. Know what you are eating. A calorie isn’t a calorie - a 100 calorie apple will treat your body different than a 100 calorie chocolate bar. Darn!! Take care of your fitness, but also – and even more importantly – take care of your nutrition.

What should I eat? How much? Very common questions…….let’s try and break it down a bit….

Fruits and Vegetables! YES!!! Eat! Eat! Green veggies are great and give you body plenty of the nutrients it needs. So eat away!!

Fats: Fats are used as the last source of energy and give you the extra boost when your body has already metabolized the carbs and proteins for energy. So, don’t be afraid of fats, just choose the right ones. Avocados, almonds, peanuts and flaxseed oil are healthy options.

Misty says, does this picture make you as depressed as it makes me?! O.M.G. I love carbs.

Carbohydrates: We all love them and crave them from time and time. But, if I could make one recommendation in the carb department, it would be to switch all your carbs to whole wheat and whole grain. White carbs, or bleached flour, are purely simple carbs (high in sugar). As a result they will raise your blood-insulin levels. Try eating: whole wheat products, brown rice, beans, oatmeal, and apples. I found it was easy to make the switch by slowing adding it in……..maybe make pasta with half wheat and half white, then eventually switch over completely.

Protein: Protein is a part of every cell in your body, and no other nutrient plays as many different roles in keeping you alive and healthy. Protein is important for growth and repair of your muscles, bones, skin, ligaments and other tissues.

Your body can use protein for energy, if needed, but it’s best to eat carbs for that purpose. The easiest ways to get protein are from meat, dairy, and legumes. The average person should get 15% of their calories from protein, depending on activity level.

Beverages: Many people tend to forget that beverages count too! Calories from drinks can add up and add up fast. So pay attention to what you are drinking. Shoot for water, water, water.

So, if you take one thing from me today……remember proper nutrition can make or break your fitness goals and should never be taken for granted….you can’t out-train a bad diet.

So, tell me, what are your biggest challenges when is comes to eating healthy????

(Next month……..how to stay in shape and eat healthy as we enter the holiday season.)

 

Comments

  1. Eating healthy is easy but my problem lies with working out… it’s the same old sob story lol

    • Josie Matthews says:

      Anna-honey-girl, aging happens fast! You gotta make an effort to keep those muscles strong and flexible…and keep those joints healthy and strong. You can do it. I’m hitting 50 and I NEVER thought I’d feel the aches and pains and twinges I feel now. l always thought my body would outlive aging…but hence…it snuck up on me….Pooh…. a little walking , a little yoga, something that you love…Be strong girl!

  2. I can’t tell you how disappointed I am after reading this post! Truer words were never written, but I was perfectly fine living in denial. Now I have to change the way I eat! Ahhh! That late night ice cream snacking is going to stop now.

  3. Hey Gals….I hear ya!! BUMMER!!! :). But remember this rule 80/20, eat healthy 80% of the time and 20% you can “cheat”. Hang in there…eat healthy and give your bodies good foods!!!

  4. Those bagels in your picture are my weakness. Fortunately, living in the city, I get to walk a lot.

    • I’m with ya, Angela! I love carbs! Big city living usually does offer great opportunities for walking. I have a girlfriend who used to live in downtown NYC and she walked EVERYWHERE. So good for you – not only the exercise, but just getting out into the sunshine. :)

    • Josie Matthews says:

      Angela love….Did you know bagels have increased in size by 4x in the last decade? Try half a bagel…multigrain! God…i love bread! sigh………………

  5. Next you’ll be telling me there’s no Santa Claus and broken cookies really do have calories! Great post. A nice kick in the but to get our heads of the sand. Most welcome.

  6. Great post Misty! And yep… guilty as charged! :)

  7. Great advice. 4 Hershey’s kisses equals 1 mile on the treadmill. Depressing. But the main thing is your health. Studies are starting to indicate that the more fats and sweets you eat, the more you want to eat, a vicious cycle. I try to eat a small, healthy meal before digging into the junk. Working at home, it’s too easy to get hungry and reach for the m&ms. Also, people who eat large salads before dinner will consume less at dinner (consuming fewer calories overall for the meal).

    • Hey Carly, Thanks for crapping on my Hershey’s Kisses parade!! LOL. That IS seriously depressing! Thanks for the great info, though. I always make myself eat something healthy before eating junk too. I just need to eat more salads! Thanks for the tips!

    • Great tips Carly! Sometimes looking at things from a different perspective is the key to change. The hershey kiss thing…brilliant. Twizzlers too! I almost fainted when I saw that like 3 twizzlers has 160 cals!! Who would’ve thoutht?? Now I give the bag of twizzlers in my snack closet the evil eye… It’s amazing how detrimental ‘portion-distortion’ can be….

  8. I’m still in the world of low carbs until the weight comes back to my earlier level, as in about twenty years ago. So, no candy in the house even though M&Ms came out with a MINT! Sigh. If I want chocolate I make myself some high chocolate fudge. The flavor is so intense I only eat a bit at a time. Exercise? Not enough but I try to get up from the computer once an hour to “be active” even if it’s just nailing up a few boards. When I meet friends for brunch, and they’re having the “Cowboy Bowl” with fried potatoes and gravy and yummies, I have no potatoes, no bread but great company. And sometimes dinner is salad.

    • Dang, can’t edit! That’s high chocolate low carb fudge. With real butter and real cream cheese and LOTS of cocoa powder. So it’s extra rich and yummy and truly satisfying with only one bite.

      • Hi Mona! My mouth is watering just reading about it! Mint and chocolate are definitely a weakness for me too. And I applaud you for getting out of BICHOK mode every hour. I need to post a note on my computer. I know my back would thank me for it! Thanks for stopping by to comment!

    • Josie Matthews says:

      Mona…I’m a believer in cutting back on the carbs too. I remember in the eighties it was high carb low fat!!! I OD’ed on bagels back then…and white rice!!! It’s all soooo confusing and always changing. I think Sarg…..I mean Jodi… hit it right on the head with portion size. Your stomach isnt all that big! Maybe the size of 2 fists! Your low carb chocolate fudge sounds like the perfect solution! High flavor…low portion. And eating out with friends? Sooooo hard to resist being bad. Sometimes I really need to suggest a restaurant I dont like very much just to be sure I dont go haywire. I LOVE to eat…it’s therapy for me… Hey Mist!!!! What the heck is BICHOK????

  9. Josie Matthews says:

    Sarg.. Okay…you asked for it. Here are my weak spots: When Im sad, when Im stressed, when Im pissed, when Im celebrating, when Im out to eat, when I see pizza or ice cream or cake or pie or bread or pasta, when I starve all day only to binge at night, when I exercise and say ‘I can eat that now’, when I’ve had a shitty day, when I really want a few drinks to unwind, when I just want to say Fuck IT! I deserve this cause I absolutely enjoy eating…..Then I hate myself in the morning cause I gave into temptation so I start yet ANOTHER ‘diet’ all over again……My name is Josie Matthews, and I’m a food whore.

  10. My biggest change is to stay completely away from sugar. I did great for months, but lately I’ve regressed.

    • Sugar is the bane of my life too, Brit! What I try to do is eat something healthy before I let myself have something sweet. I also try to drink a lot of water before eating anything so it helps me feel full. Thanks for commenting! :)

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