LIFE RICHLY

Noon class having tasty wall balls for lunch! #crossfit #crossfitsouthlamar #karen #wallballs (at Crossfit South Lamar)

Plank City!! #plankhold #core #crossfit  (at Crossfit South Lamar)

Plank City!! #plankhold #core #crossfit (at Crossfit South Lamar)

AM classes earned their holiday weekend… #fortitudefitness #cleans #snatch (at Fortitude Fitness Crossfit 78702)

AM classes earned their holiday weekend… #fortitudefitness #cleans #snatch (at Fortitude Fitness Crossfit 78702)

Wake up and say hello to Karen. #fortitudefitness #wallballs #dynamax (at Fortitude Fitness Crossfit 78702)

Wake up and say hello to Karen. #fortitudefitness #wallballs #dynamax (at Fortitude Fitness Crossfit 78702)

Tycho - Awake (Com Truise Remix) by Tycho

Row | thruster | Run 
Good morning! 
#thrusters #cardio #crossfit #fortitudefitness (at Fortitude Fitness Crossfit 78702)

Row | thruster | Run
Good morning!
#thrusters #cardio #crossfit #fortitudefitness (at Fortitude Fitness Crossfit 78702)

Fuelin’ on tha go! #postworkout @fuelforfireperformance

Fuelin’ on tha go! #postworkout @fuelforfireperformance

The “Fat Kid” Inside

There it is! Me weighing in around 250lbs. When I show this picture to clients and friends they all swear that I had this photo shopped or I have some twin brother that stole all my food as a child. Nope, this is what freshman year in San Marcos will do to ya! Most people put on the “freshman 15”, I like to go big so I went for a solid 30.

How did I get there? Its not like I gave up all physical activity and just ate pizza. I still lifted weights, played inter mural sports and hiked the steep mountain terrain that is the Texas State campus daily. I was 19 so my metabolism was top notch. I was a chubby child but after years of playing football in Texas chasing living that “Friday Night Lights” life I was a solid 220lbs 13% body fat. But all it took was a few months of letting my emotions (wants) speak louder than my body (needs). 

How it happened? It was college so there was copious amounts of beer, late night nachos, pizza and tacos. And I would love to blame it on the college lifestyle but it was bigger than that. Like most things it was mental. I was feeding the “Fat Kid” inside me.

We all know that urge that pops up occasionally to eat ALL the cookies RIGHT NOW despite how sick you will feel afterwards. Or that intense craving for cheesy/greasy anything. You are probably salivating while reading this, picturing your ideal junk meal. I swear food is like crack….!

We tend to associate food with rewards. This probably started in childhood when you would get ice cream for being good or winning a pizza party at school (you all remember the paper clip chain). Well, now as adults we do the same thing. We “Treat Our Self’s” and shout YOLO while we crush 5 margaritas and a chimichanga! We let the “Fat Kid” inside us have whatever he wants because we “earned it”. Next thing you know you are wrapping up 2 months of celebratory eating and the only real thing you have successfully accomplished is putting on 20lbs.

This is what I learned then and what I tell my clients now. Food is fuel. Your body is a living organism that is constantly breaking down and rebuilding. What you put into your system will effect you and its up to you to monitor and customize what you eat and when you eat it in order to keep your body running efficiently. You cant give in to that urge to “Treat yo Self”. Remember, your thoughts control your actions. So stop thinking about what you DID to deserve a treat and start thinking about what you’re DOING to reach your goals! 

You can afford to splurge from time to time. If you eat 500 meals a month (about 4/day), 5-10 bad ones wont hurt you. BUT 200 will! This is something I still struggle with. I fully understand what is good for me and what is bad but sometimes I let go. I recently put on an extra 15lbs and had to have a “come to Jesus” talk with myself! You are not alone.

Think “what do I need” vs “what do I want”. Creating that healthy relationship with food is the beginning. Knowing what you need to fuel the body throughout the day. Cut your emotions out of this portion of your life. 

Experiment and learn what foods work best with your body. Everyone is different. Keep it simple. Meals should consist of a protein, fat and a carb. If you stick to that formula and find quality nutrients you should be fine.

Stay strong.

Richie      

I have been training AJ for 1 year today and she brought me this Sexy ass Red Velvet cupcake. Skirt all peeled off… #treats #ilovemyjob

I have been training AJ for 1 year today and she brought me this Sexy ass Red Velvet cupcake. Skirt all peeled off… #treats #ilovemyjob

Skillz Week @crossfitroundrock  #handstands #gymnastics

Skillz Week @crossfitroundrock #handstands #gymnastics