Don’t Give Up

There are so many reasons as to why people want to give up working towards their goals.

Recently, I got my measurements taken with my trainer and nothing changed. It seems like aesthetically I have hit a plateau. I was extremely discouraged, but my trainer reminded me that I am definitely getting stronger, even if my body doesn’t look any different. Instead of giving up, he decided it was time to switch up my routine.

Discouraged, I texted a friend for advice. He reminded me that going to the gym is not all about changing how you look. It is about the way it makes you feel, your health, your well being.

It was nice to get that reminder because I did not start working on my fitness just so that I could look good. Of course that’s part of it! I want my legs to grow, I want my arms and shoulders to be toned. But the main reason I started working out was for my mental health and my physical well being, not just my physical attributes.

Don’t give up. Even if you hit a plateau, going to the gym, working out at home, going for a run, engaging in any physical activity is AMAZING for you! Remember what the most important benefits are and let that keep you going. 🙂

 

xx Stevie

Getting Discouraged Happens

It’s so easy to get discouraged while you’re working on your goals. We log onto Instagram, scroll through pictures of fitness models with the perfect bodies, perfect lives and happy smiles. We think “why don’t I look like that?” We cannot forget that these men and women have worked so hard for what they have now. It takes years. It didn’t happen overnight. They worked hard, failed a couple times, and got back on their feet and worked even harder. That’s exactly what you have to do!

My favorite fitness model is @jellydevote – check her out. She posts “expectation vs. reality” photos of herself all the time. She shows her followers that she does not look “perfect” all the time.

Don’t obsess over other people’s progress. I follow certain Instagram models to help motivate me, but if any of them make me feel bad about myself, I unfollow. Don’t let social media rule your life. Stay focused and stay committed to your goals. If you get discouraged, it’s normal, we all do. But pick yourself back up and keep kickin’ ass.

Being Healthy vs. Being Obsessive

Sometimes there can be a fine line between being healthy and being obsessive.

If you are overworking yourself at the gym and not giving your muscles time to repair, you are going to feel drained, tired, and irritable. If your body feels like it needs a break, take a break.

Please, I beg of you, don’t take this amazing thing called exercise and turn it into something harmful.

If you are trying a new diet, make sure you are still getting enough nutrients! Starving yourself leads to irritability, lack of energy and not being able to think straight (and even way worse side effects.) Do some research before you start following the newest fad diet.

If you want to count your macros, do it! But try your best not to become obsessive over weighing everything perfectly. If you happen to eat 1/2 cup of rice instead of 1/4 cup of rice it ain’t going to kill you!

If you need help figuring out the macro-nutrients for your body and lifestyle, email me, I would be glad to help.  I am able to keep off fat and sustain lean muscle by working out 4-5 times a week and eating a meal every 3-4 hours. You need carbs. You need fats. You need proteins. You need rest!

I am a firm believer that you need to listen to your body. If you are feeling hungry, EAT! If you are feeling worn down, take a rest day! or go for a light walk if you really don’t want to relax. And honestly, if you are craving a cookie, eat the damn cookie.

For more information on orthorexia and excessive exercise, check out this page

Becoming truly obsessed with every single piece of food you eat and feeling the need to constantly work out multiple times a day can lead you spiraling down a dark path. If you ever feel this happening please check out the NEDA website https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/ or call their helpline (800) 931-2237.
xo-Stevie 

Who Wants to be the First Featured Gains&Brains Badass?!

I’m looking for people who have battled mental illness with fitness to be featured on this page.

Share as much or as little as you’d like. Share a photo or don’t! Share your name or stay anonymous.

I believe that sharing your story inspires others and helps them not to feel so alone. For me, sharing even feels therapeutic.

Head to my “Community” page and contact me there 🙂

xo-Stevie

What are Your Fitness Goals?

The answers I hear the most are “I want to lose weight,” “I want to grow my booty,” “I want abs.”

There’s nothing wrong with that. I’m working real hard to grow that booty!

But don’t make your aesthetic be the only goal you have. Why not make your goals something like:

  • I want to wake up feeling energized every morning
  • I want a more restful sleep
  • I want to feel generally happier
  • I want to be confident
  • I want to feel less anxious and stressed

These are all things that you can attain just by adding exercise and healthy eating into your lifestyle.

Enjoy the process of it all. Enjoy the way it feels to be stronger and sharper. Make this part of the journey while you’re reaching your body goals. Set some mind goals too.