Ditch the Diets and Cut The BullS**t!

“Hey! So what diet are you on?” Now there’s a question that gets thrown around a lot in friendship circles. I’m just as guilty. What’s your “eating style”? That’s what I would call it. You know, instead of “diet”, because it sounded better…But who am I fooling. Really what I wanted to know was how my food choices stacked up to yours. It’s a game. And not one that any of us should be playing! Well I quit. I’ve recently come to some BIG realizations about diet culture, and I’ve decided to forfeit the whole damn thing. I’m out.

I started my dieting career as a Vegetarian just as I graduated High School. I didn’t have the pressures of school to keep me on track with staying thin, so I needed to try something else. I was clueless as to animal rights issues or environmental  reasons to give up meat. What drew me in was the possibility of weight loss! Weren’t vegetarians all skinny?? It turns out they aren’t… When I didn’t get the results I’d hoped for, and in fact gained weight steadily over time, I decided to try Veganism, maybe that would be the trick! Nope….that wasn’t enough, I still wasn’t perfect, I still wasn’t skinny. How about Raw?! That must be it. Uncook your way to fat loss? Sure, why not! Hmmm, too hard to maintain, it’s back to Vegetarian! By then I sort of lost my belief in the whole don’t eat meat get skinny thing, so I decided to add in some fish and became Pescatarian. Eventually I found Paleo, then Low Carb Paleo, and finally Keto. Maybe, just maybe, if I cut every last freakin’ carb out of my diet I would finally have it all! Yeah….not quite.

Behind ALL of these diets was the desire to lose the weight, be effortlessly thin, finally love my body, be happy. But what I told myself initially was that it was for “health”, the environment , overall “wellness”, cleansing, detoxing, etc. Weight loss would just be a pleasant side effect, not a focus. Bull SHIT. I call total bull shit on myself. Everything I have ever done to change my diet was done to lose weight. EVERYTHING. I can 100% admit that now. I never found body acceptance and love through dieting, I found it by not dieting! At first I was mortified at this realization. I’ve built my career around nutrition and wellness! Have I steered people wrong? I wondered, is my weight loss bias sneaking into everything I have put out to clients and programs? What have I done? I don’t want to contribute to this madness anymore. I don’t want to go round and round this crazy diet cycle anymore. I want OFF! And I especially don’t want other women to go through the same thing over and over and over again, for their entire lives! So this is it, this is my chance to be the change. I have influence. I have dozens and dozens of people who I can reach and help. Instead of running and hiding in shame, I’m going to run head on into this diet culture madness and help women see the truth! Dieting doesn’t work! Labels don’t work. “Eating Styles” are bull shit.

So now what?

Now, now I’m just ME. Krista Boulding, Nutrition Coach, eating food. I eat what my body feels good eating, I eat what it asks for. And as far as the coaching goes, I will continue to help women see how consuming a diet rich in whole foods is good, but that NO diet, NO strict protocol, will ever be the answer to their weight loss goals. In fact, trying to lose weight is a sure fire way to gain weight. Yes, you read that correctly. About 2-5% of people who attempt to lose weight, actually have success with it. The rest of us (aka the majority) will either not lose at all, or lose and then gain it back. In fact, about 1/3 of the people will gain all the weight back and end up right back at ground zero, while the other 2/3’s gain even more weight back, ending up heavier than they were before! And the thing is, those “success” people, that tiny percentage who managed to control their weight and keep it off, they don’t just “manage” their weight, they micro manage the living hell out of it!! To the degree where their entire lives are built around maintaining that weight. Sound like fun? No, I didn’t think so…

So I’m not selling weight loss anymore. Not under the guise of “wellness” or “health”, not in any shape or form. If you strictly want weight loss, find another coach. If you want to be truly WELL, to love the body you’re in, to stop the bull shit, stop the dieting, and just love your life, that’s where I can help! Now there’s nothing inherently wrong with wanting to shed some pounds. Whether it’s for aesthetic reasons or for health, it’s natural for us to desire this. But we need to recognize is that 1) weight loss does not equal health gain, 2) weight loss does not equal happiness, 3) weight loss does not mean you will suddenly love yourself, and 4) weight loss cannot happen sustainably through restriction. I can help you understand and accept these principles with my 28 Day Wellness Bootcamp or my private coaching sessions. Let’s work together to become healthier, happier, and truly WELL!

Yours, In WELLNESS ~ Krista

The Trainer’s Curse

I love my job. It’s very freeing to work for yourself, to design fitness classes, to watch people as they build strength, gain confidence, and feel amazing in their bodies.  Fitness is a funny thing. When we want to better our health in some way, maybe lose a few pounds, one of the first things we often do is start exercising. Exercise is a wonderful addition to a healthy lifestyle, but it can have a dark side to it as well. There’s a fine line between too much and too little exercise. And for many people, they’re usually in one extreme or the other. Very few people are really balanced. Exercise can be addictive, we can experience an endorphin rush after an intense workout that makes us feel alive and happy. When you get that feeling, you want it more and more. We also believe that if exercise is good, more must be better! Especially when it comes to fat loss. But we’re wrong there. Too much exercise can backfire and actually stall weight loss or even cause weight gain! I know, it’s crazy.

I recently started teaching kettlebells at another gym twice a week, in addition to my existing 10 kettlebell classes and 3 yoga classes every week. It think it’s fair to say that I move ALOT. I don’t participate fully in each class, but I do the warm ups, I demo the exercises and I’m walking around constantly.  I fully workout with my classes about 2-3 times a week, maybe more if there are new people and I’m teaching something complex that requires much demonstration. In addition to that I have my own workouts to do! My goals and my training plan are not always the same as what I teach. I cherish my solo workout time. I also practice yoga a few days per week and I walk pretty much every single day. I have free access to 2 local gyms and one yoga studio, plus I have a fully equipped home gym. It’s every fitness lovers dream! I have everything at my disposal for a smokin’ workout or class. So what’s the point of all this? Am I just bragging here? LOL. NO.

It’s overwhelmingly easy and tempting to over exercise, especially when fitness is your business. So my point is to say that while it’s such a blessing to have all of these options and opportunities, it’s also a curse. Whether you’re a trainer or just a hardcore fitness lover, please hear me when I say that you need to take a step back and really analyze what you’re doing. Ask yourself what your goals are. If you just want to be healthy and happy with a well functioning body as you move into your later years, killing it in the gym in your 30’s and 40’s is NOT the answer. Most of the people I train have the goal of just wanting health, and I’d say that’s where the majority of people fall. They’re not training for a competition, a marathon, etc. They want to workout in order to feel good, look good, and move well. This is where the less is more approach is WAY better.

I was forced to change my training plan and accept the fact that my job is very physical and therefore I need to pair down my solo workouts to twice a week. I used to do 3-4, so that’s a big reduction for me. But in order to find balance I realized that it was more beneficial for my longterm health to add more rejuvenating movement into my week. So I walk every day and I have a consistent yoga practice. I feel so much better with this schedule, my body doesn’t ache all the time and I’m not burning myself out. But as a trainer, it’s SO tempting with all the access I have to classes and equipment, to do more. But I remind myself that if I want to show up for my clients, have energy to perform well in my classes, and be a solid role model for them, I need to adhere to this new schedule. I always go back to my WHY. Why am I working out? Why am I a trainer? What are my goals? What advice would I give a client? That’s enough to set my mind right and take care of my body.

Whether you’re a trainer yourself, or an over-exerciser (you know it when you are), take a moment to ask yourself your WHY. Then follow it up with ‘How’s that working for ya?”. If you know it’s not going well, make a change! Do it now before you end up with burnout or a chronic injury. Trust me, it’s so not worth it!

Need advice on setting your mind right with nutrition or fitness? Contact me for a consult and I’d be happy to help 🙂