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How to turn a setback into a comeback

How to turn a setback into a comeback

Hi everyone!

Wow, what a crazy couple of weeks it has been for Josh & I! Last week we had 4 of Josh’s friends visit us here in San Diego, which was such a blast. It was so much fun showing them our favorite spots around our new city. From an 8 mile trek to Potato Chip Rock, to my favorite (yet dangerous) cliff walk through the mountains leading us to Black’s Beach, to some mini-golf and ice cream adventures, safe to say we are WORN OUT.(See the pics below!) Although we kept up with our workouts, we both took breaks from our strict eating habits to enjoy the time with our friends. As much as I enjoyed all of the treats I was craving my chicken and veggies by the end of the week. Funny how that happens!

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One of the last nights I headed out with the girls while Josh and his friends did their thing at the casino. Prior to going out I told myself that I was going to have a good time, enjoy a glass of wine or two and just unwind- something I don’t make time for very often. Although I have given up my crazy party days, the past year I have enjoyed a glass of wine here and there with dinner so I figured tonight wouldn’t be any different. Well….after two glasses of wine I was feeling pretty toasty. Considering that day was a lower-carb day for me, and only eating salad for dinner, I didn’t factor in that two glasses of wine would hit me more than usual. Not only did I begin to hate how I was starting to feel (which also began to ruin a perfectly good girl’s night), but feelings of anxiety started to hit me. I kept thinking of my past and all of the problems and negativity alcohol had caused me. It was like a flashback to college days when I would say or do things that I would never have done if I were sober. This wasn’t me. I fell in love with my body and my mind when I started focusing on fitness and my health. I didn’t need alcohol to have a good time anymore, in fact I would always end up having a better time without it. Even though it was just a couple glasses of wine and I was drinking multiple glasses of water in between, I was not happy with the decision I made that night. Not to mention one of the reasons why I was attracted and ended up falling in love with Josh was because he didn’t drink. After a week out of my element, I let the outside environment get the best of me. I had a setback in my journey and you know what? Right now at this very moment I am GLAD it happened.

Here’s why….

It took this setback to make me realize that I don’t even want or need those few glasses of wine here and there. What was my need for that? I couldn’t think of one besides conforming to what we think as a society as a reward or relaxing. Alcohol has no nutritional value to my body so why ingest it? I dislike how it makes me feel, it consists of empty calories and only brings negativity to me physically and mentally. I have no desire to bring anything but positive vibes into this beautiful life I have created.

With THAT being said, I decided to turn this setback into a comeback. After a Sunday spent resting up my body, today I planned my goals for this week, planned my meals, and everything else I needed to be successful. I set aside my blog topics, responded to client emails and got myself excited to continue being my best self. I have learned so much about myself this past year and although I’m sure there will always be learning, I am starting to realize what’s worth it and what’s not. We are all human, we will make mistakes..that’s life! It’s up to you to realize those mistakes and act on them. Surrounding myself with positive people, being in an uplifting relationship, and taking care of my body while inspiring my mind are always at the top of my to-do list.

 

When life throws you a curveball, it may hit you, but what you do after it does is what matters most.

Happy Monday & continue being YOU

~Alessandra

 

 

Alcohol- How Much is it Actually Hurting Your Goals?

Alcohol- How Much is it Actually Hurting Your Goals?

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This is one of our most asked questions by our clients. Does alcohol really slow my goals? How many drinks is ok? What if I only drink on the weekends? So if you are often wondering these questions as well, you are far from alone. In 2012, 88% of adults ages 18 and up reported that they have consumed alcohol. So this is a topic that affects almost 9 out of 10 adults. So what does it really do to our bodies?

Well calories in alcohol are “empty”, meaning they have no nutritional value. Because of this, your body has no use for it and can’t store it, so it metabolizes it immediately. It become the sole focus of your metabolism to get rid of it. While this is going on, your body also loses its ability to absorb vitamins and nutrients from the foods you eat.

Alcohol also has serious effects on your blood sugar levels. Maintaining healthy blood sugar levels is one of the first parts of the metabolism that stops working while your body instead tries to eliminate toxins from the alcohol as fast as possible. Over time this can cause glucose intolerance, and even lead to diabetes. Even if you only drink occasionally, it can lead to dangerous drops in blood sugar levels.

These are all bad side effects of drinking that cause weight gain, among other serious problems. But to answer those previous questions, lets look at what happens immediately that causes us to gain weight while drinking… To reiterate, alcohol can’t be stored by your body so it must be metabolized immediately. This starts from the first sip of the night. Once this process starts, your body won’t metabolize fats and sugars. Think about all those sugary mixed drinks! Those are all immediately stored as fat! On top of that, alcohol slows your metabolism. So even after you stop drinking, your body is still being affected and the weight gain continues.

That’s just the metabolic breakdown of the the effects of alcohol. We haven’t even talked about the plain-view breakdown of the calories your taking in with each drink. Let’s say you come home at the end of the day and have a few beers to relax. 3 beers equates to right around 450 calories! That’s a significant portion of your workout if you are absolutely busting your ass! If you went through a lackluster workout that day, forget about it! And that’s if you stopped at 3 beers… The brutal truth is that one night of heavy drinking can destroy an entire week of hard work. Before you know it, you could be at upwards of 1500-2000 calories. It can be a lot higher than that. Think about a night you really went all out. Maybe your buddies got a keg. Maybe you were in a case race. About 4500 calories are in a 30 pack of beer. On your best night how many of those did you handle?

So let’s get back to the question: Does alcohol really slow my goals? The answer: No. It brings them to a SCREAMING HALT! We talk about plateau busters all the time and how we can bust through them but we never talk about how to cause them. Drinking is the ultimate plateau creator. That’s if you’re lucky. If you’re a casual gym-goer, alcohol will put you backwards in a hurry. Who enjoys busting their but every workout and seeing no progress or even regressions? Nobody. But who is willing to cut out the main cause of that? It’s up to you. These are your priorities. Can you learn to have a good time sober? If you are looking to transform your body then you are going to have to. There’s no way around it. You can’t do enough to counter drinking.

There’s the brutally honest truth.

 

Until next time,

Josh