Have Your Cake And Eat It Too…Or I Like To Phrase It As “Have Your Cake But Don’t Eat Two.”

Where did this phrase ever come about?? What in the world does it mean?? To me, it means whatever you’re going to indulge in, do it but don’t overdo it. So many of us get caught up in this all-or-nothing, balls-to-the-wall, drop-everything approach to exercise and “dieting.” This all-or-nothing approach lasts for about 2 weeks max and then we’re so over it. As a trainer and being in the fitness industry for over 8 years now, I see it come and go in waves…New Year’s, Spring Break, Summertime, Holidays, etc. etc. People go all-in and set goals to “workout for one hour everyday,” and/or “no junk food for 80 days.” It’s not only crazy, but it’s UNREALISTIC. Show me one person that lives their whole life like this and still stays completely sane. I bet there’s not very many of them out there. It’s 100% true that if you want to lose weight or lose body fat or live a healthier lifestyle, you need to move more and watch what you’re putting in your mouth. BUT what’s not true is that you don’t have to workout for an hour a day, everyday, and go on a crazy juice cleanse. As the saying goes…everything in moderation. We are all busy, busy people and I’m here to tell you (or remind you if you already know this) that it’s not “all-or-nothing” it’s “have your cake but don’t eat two.” It’s moving more than you’re sitting. It’s doing 10 minutes of activity in the morning, at noon, and in the afternoon rather than 1 hour per day then sitting on your butt the rest of the day. Riddle me this…is someone who works out intensely for one hour and then sits the rest of the day healthier than someone who doesn’t “workout” but is constantly moving throughout the day and gets over 15,000 steps per day??? Who is healthier…Person A: Who eats a veggie omelet for breakfast, a salad with grilled salmon for lunch, then for dinner has a burger loaded with veggies and a piece of her son’s birthday cake or Person B: Who has a pop tart for breakfast, chicken nuggets for lunch, M&M’s for a snack, then for dinner decides to have a salad because she also wants to have a piece of her son’s birthday cake??? Moral of the story and my point being…you can have your cake and eat it too (or have your cake but don’t eat two as I like to say). If you’re wanting to lose weight, or lose body fat, or just live a healthier lifestyle, you DO have to do it day-in & day-out but you DO NOT have to live in such a way that’s it’s all-or-nothing. If you slip up and miss a workout or eat a piece of your kid’s birthday cake, I promise you…it’s not the end of the world. Tomorrow is another day, another chance. If you intended on getting an hour workout in, but your 5 year old started crying half-way through your workout, just get more steps in throughout your day. Little things do add up!!! Park your car further away, take the stairs rather than the elevator, get up from your office chair every 30 minutes, take a walk on your lunch break, etc. etc. You don’t need to schedule an hour workout into your planner everyday…all you need to do is move more, sit less. And for goodness sake, have the cake and eat it too (or “have the cake but don’t eat too” as Coach Erika says). XOXO, Coach Erika. P.s. This is a real-life photo of a real-life personal trainer eating cake…we are humans too 🙂

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