If I were asked what 3 things would I bring with me to a deserted island, my answer would quickly be:
- My husband
- My dogs
Don't worry, I could use the wine bottle for bicep curls too..
Over the years my enjoyment of a glass of wine has blossomed into a full blown love affair. I not only enjoy drinking a big glass of my favorite cabernet, I love learning about it. My husband & I have taken multiple wine classes to know more about the origins, grape varieties & regional differences between each & every bottle. Am I an expert? Haha no in the slightest. I'll be real, my husband would diligently take notes as I would be 100% on top of the taste testing portion. After a few pours I stopped caring so much about where the damn grape originated & mostly wondered when the teacher would stop talking & continue pouring. But that's not the point...From a solo glass to end a long work day, to a wine tasting with friends & of course a shared bottled in the kitchen while cooking with my husband, it is one "liquid calorie" I just refuse to give it up. Now it's lovely to hear the experts throwing around headlines touting the "health benefits of wine" & having you believe that nightly glass has no consequence on our body composition. However let's be real.
- Who only pours 4-5oz into their glass? Hello 8-10oz "glass"...
- How often do you have more than one?
- Does that glass of wine loosen you up to a few after dinner treats?
- What are your goals?
Quite frankly all of that sucks! I would personally kill to be able to have 2 nightly glasses of vino & not see an extra layer appear around my waistline. BUT my reality is my body absolutely holds onto extra body fat when I drink alcohol too frequently.Bummer..
Life isn't fair...& many other expletives I could spout.But that's reality & I had to at some point accept that it was interfering with my goals.Another reason the nightly vino had to go? It interferes with sleep quality. Science backed, we just don't sleep as well post drinking. My sleep is crucial to my job, energy, workout performance & overall attitude. That right there is honestly more important then the extra albs I hold onto. So does that mean I had to break up with my true love Cabernet?Heck no! BUT I did have to learn the best way for ME to moderate my consumption in a way where I didn't feel deprived OR feel disappointed in my path to healthy living. How'd I do so?
- Know Thy Limits: in general i try not to drink more than 2 glasses at a time on any occasion. it's my line where I can get a little tipsy without feeling crappy the next day.
- Set Parameters: I say no Sunday-Thursday & that made the BIGGEST difference for me! Most week nights I had created the habit of throwing my stuff on the table, sighing out the long day as I pour a glass because I deserved it. I found other ways to de-stress such as taking the dog for a walk or making a hot cup of tea. It took practice & habit change but now it's no big deal.
- BE FLEXIBLE: if we have a weekday event I don't punish myself by saying "you can't drink on the weekdays". I stick to my no more than 2 glasses & usually go with only one. As I remind myself that work will come early tomorrow & I have a responsibility to my clients to be at my best.
- Don't Drink Crap: if I open a crappy bottle that doesn't please my palate, I don't drink it! Why waste the enjoyment on bad wine. Simple!
- Make it an Enjoyable Experience: I make sure I am in a situation where I sip the wine, not guzzle it. I also don't succumb to peer pressure to drink just because everyone else is doing it. Learned that in kindergarten right? Funny how we forget. I am a big girl & if I am not in the mood, I am not going to drink. Frankly anyone who cares I'm not drinking can buzz off.
Life is all about choices we make & prioritizing what matters. BUT be honest with yourself as to what behaviors might be getting in the way of all your hard work. I far to often find clients lying to themselves about some of these sneaky behaviors like the night "glass" (aka 2-3) of wine or just a few drinks with friends. Yes I know that trick from personal experience..This is another example of how food doesn't have to be the all or nothing diet mentality. Anytime I say "no wine", I fall into the weekend bender & repeat the cycle week after week. Feeling like a constant failure for not being able to exhibit more willpower. Who needs that? Instead I took a good look in the mirror to recognize my habits, behaviors & goals. Then found a middle ground that works for me!Any other wine lovers out there struggle with this like me? Shoot me a message to tell me how I can help!
by Emma Hammond 0 comments
After years of reading & daydreaming about making my intro to the blogosphere I have decided to give it a go. So what made me wait so long? Good question! I actually had to dig a little and do some soul searching to have an honest answer. Funny how we become really good at hiding our fears, even from ourselves. Putting yourself out there on a personal and professional level is scary, plain and simple. Every normal question of who would possibly care about my daily routine to whether my rusty grammar and writing skills will shine through (yes they will!!). Yet sometimes life kicks you in the butt and says being scared to take a chance gets your nowhere! What prompted this change is for another day but regardless, I’m ready put myself out there even if it’s only for my own amusement.
So to get the standard who am I and what I do rundown out of the way…
My name is Emma, owner of Healthy Balance Personal Training & Nutrition Services. I’m a soon to be 29 year old women doing what everyone else I know is doing. Trying to find my way! The past few years have included a few major transitions in life to say the least. Starting with a spontaneous solo move to a new town 5 years ago, major changes in my career direction, meeting the best man I know & most recently tying the knot at the same time I took a leap into entrepreneurship. All the while learning a lot about my own goals, dreams, fears & passion in this journey called life.
There is plenty more I could babble on about but since this is only my first post, I’ll save some fun for later. My focus for the blog? Sharing my personal experiences & professional knowledge on all things healthy living to motivate, educate & connect with people on all levels of their personal journey. You can expect everything from fitness info from a certified personal trainer to nutrition knowledge as a coach. All while opening up about my experience & struggles in order to help navigate the mindset that ties it all together
(Meet Tater Tot, he is likely to make frequent appearances)
I hope this insight into my life along with useful nutrition education, workouts, recipes, tips & tricks will encourage all of us to live a more fulfilled life. Healthy living is about a lot more then diet & exercise, it's about feeling great & having a ton of fun along the way!
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