Being Socially Fit

 

Hi! My name is Courtney and I am obsessed with health, wellness and red wine. I love burpees and squats, and I also love pizza. I love running and jumping, and I love french fries. I love planks- all forms, and I also love a good breakfast taco. I love meeting my friends for a workout, and I love heading to brunch with them after- preferably bottomless mimosas. As you can see, I love being Socially Fit.

 From college to bachelorette parties- I've always loved making everyone have a good time.

From college to bachelorette parties- I've always loved making everyone have a good time.

Socially Fit, you ask? Yes. Hashtag, balance. Hear me out- it’s true what they say, you can’t outrun a bad diet. Burning 600 calories in your HIIT class and then rewarding yourself with McDonald’s is going to be a continuous fat loss struggle. Sad, I know, but true. Trust me, doing your body good then basically poisoning your insides with fast food isn’t the way you want to live a “balanced” life.

I am definitely not living a life every day where I workout in the morning, then go out to eat, drink alcohol and say “Treat Yo’self!” when I walk by an ice cream shop. I try to stick to the “no drinking or eating out on school nights” rule. During the week, I am happily cooking healthy meals drinking lemon water with my dinner. Instead of a post dinner glass of wine, I’ll go for a cup of tea. I live this way because I am healthy. I enjoy being healthy. It makes me feel good to fuel my body with the right nutrients and get all of my exercise and movement in. Most of my days are productive, energized, creative, alert and filled with good vibes only.

 I aim to do three HIIT classes a week at Fit Austin.

I aim to do three HIIT classes a week at Fit Austin.

Not only do I enjoy being healthy but I enjoy having FUN! I love my friends so much it hurts. Sometimes, a friend wants to grab dinner and a drink, or your day sucks so bad you have to reach for a glass of wine. Life happens, we’re human! To me, I am so balanced with my health, reaching for that glass of wine on a Tuesday is okay for me. I am fine squeezing happy hour cocktails on a school night because I love seeing friends and I love going out to eat. I never let it get to me or think it will ruin my fitness goals because I know I don’t eat and drink like that 24/7. It’s okay to go out every once in a while. We can’t continue to label this as “bad” or we will punish ourselves continuously for eating out and not sticking to our goals. Having “fun” and going out with friends and family should not be a punishment.

 Vacationing with friends, not worrying about eating unhealthy and drinking rose- all day.

Vacationing with friends, not worrying about eating unhealthy and drinking rose- all day.

Disclaimer: I am really happy with my body and have never felt so good about myself in my 30 years. I have no desire to be 10% body fat and don’t really care about shredded arms or abs. I don’t want to look like the fitness model on my Instagram feed or the blogger who is really good at photoshop. I used to compare myself to them, but now I focus on what my body can do and what it is capable of. I am not forcing myself to eat chicken and broccoli that is weighed, measured and eaten out of a Tupperware every day. I’ve been down that rabbit hole, and it wasn’t fun for me. (I literally can not eat chicken anymore.)  I believe that shifting my mindset on what my body can do rather than what it could look like made me maintain a body I love living in. Honestly, when I stopped worrying about the number on the scale, it stayed the same for the last 4 years- and counting! My lifestyle doesn’t work for some people’s fitness goals, however, I have helped change many of my client’s mindsets to this and they have never looked better, felt better and have never been happier. It’s my passion to share this mindset with anyone and everyone I can!

 Matrix Fitness photoshoot.

Matrix Fitness photoshoot.

So, back to life happening. If you have a week full of work happy hours, or visitors, and you know your health is going to be off for a little, there are two things you need to do. The first thing to do is to accept it. LIFE WILL HAPPEN. You will get out of routine now and again. If you know what restaurant you will be heading to, check out the menu beforehand. This way you can order something on the healthier side. The second thing to do is try to aim for 30 minutes of movement, or do something that will benefit your health that day. This could be a walk, a HIIT workout at home, yoga, anything! Remember, you can’t outrun the bad diet, but it will keep you moving and motivated to keep exercising once this hiccup in your routine is over. If I know my week or weekend will be a little extra, I head to MSW Lounge to get my Burpees N’ Bubbly Shot. It has loads of vitamins in it that will help my brain focus, help my liver detox, give me energy, and help me be in a better mood- not to mention, cure my hangovers. And, as always, loads of water! Flush it all out, keep the H20 flowing!

 Waking up early after a night out for some bodyweight movement.

Waking up early after a night out for some bodyweight movement.

This lifestyle is not an easy one to adapt to right away, but I know once you start focusing on what your body can do rather than what it looks like it will become easier. I won’t lie to you, it probably took me a solid 3 years to feel like this and change my mindset. You will have to stay determined. You need to keep the motivation to move daily, be as healthy as you can most of the week, and accept the fact that you will get thrown out of your routine now and again.

You only have one body, so don’t overly poison it with fast food and think kickboxing class cancelled it out. Don’t get discouraged when a friend needs a venting session and a drink or you feel like your routine is off. One cocktail is not going to ruin your diet. Eat the dessert. Order the pasta. It's going to be okay. Create healthy habits, not restrictions.

Know you are always enough, take deep breaths, love yourself, DO YOU! Cheers, y’all!

"Healthy isn't a goal, it's a way of living."