Happy Friday, everyone! Let me start by saying that today’s post isn’t your typical Nourish post. In fact, it may seem like someone has crept up to my keyboard and written it without me…at first. Get through the first bit (which may seem like a rant), and stick with me till the end. That’s where the encouragement will kick in. I promise.
So, that’s my disclaimer.
Ok, I have a bone to pick with…well, lots of people/things/entities. I have a bone to pick with anyone who is out there pushing you toward a quick fix. Now, I’m not talking about the guy on TV who’s trying to sell you Mighty Putty, although I seriously doubt that stuff works like they say it does. No, I’ve got a bone to pick with anyone trying to sell you a quick fix for your health, your diet, your dream body.
Allow me to present a few exhibits in my case. These are the people/products/things that have really been pushing my buttons.
Pinterest, I love you.
Pinterest, you’re driving me crazy with your promises of a hot supermodel body if I would just spend 30 seconds before every shower performing my favroite calisthenics.
EXHIBIT A:: The Pre-Shower Workout
This is just a small sampling of the crazy talk you can find on Pinterest! The illusion that you can achieve a rock hard six pack or the skills of a well practiced yogi by doing a couple jumping jacks before your daily shower is nuts! And, even worse, the women pictured in these pins have likely worked years and years for the bodies you see associated with this “quick, easy” workout. Now, don’t get me wrong: getting in the habit of doing some squats before your shower is great. But, do not allow yourself to believe that you will achieve results such as those pictured above by ONLY working out pre-shower.
EXHIBIT B:: Magical Body Wraps
Seriously, Ultimate Body Applicator? Seriously? This product is one of the greatest offenders I’ve ever seen! They’re even claiming to be magic-like. If you’re not familiar with these ads, don’t waste your time attempting to be. This company is called It Works!, as in they have to try to persuade you with their name because what they’re trying to sell you is such a crock! They basically want you to wrap your body up as tight as you can and sweat off all those unwanted pounds. Umm, good luck with that! Sure, cutting off circulation to the trunk of your body will limit blood flow and give the illusion of a leaner waistline, but come on! They’re asking you to gently torture yourself to fit into that bodycon dress for tomorrow’s big date night. Only to plump back up as soon as you unwrap your suffering midsection. [Also worthy of mention: this thing is totally a pyramid scheme. Enough said.]
EXHIBIT C:: Pills for Everything
Finally, and this is the most serious topic I’ll address: our society has become pill obsessed. Chanel has gone so far as to glamorize our pill popping ways (which, by the way, I’m not sure Coco herself would approve of) with a pill laden charm bracelet. Talk about sickness. This is one of those areas where I just pray we become smarter. Sure, green tea extract has been proven to increase your metabolism, but so has adequate hydration. Sure, there are days when I wish I could just take a pill and have exactly what I want, but that’s me living in la la land. We live in a time where technology is advancing faster than we can monitor. There are “fixes” for everything, even if they come with super scary side effects and warnings such as “women should not handle this medication.” Come again? There are pills out there that half of humanity can’t even safely handle!? No, thank you!
So, I leave you my closing statement: A QUICK FIX DOESN’T EXIST! Never has, never will, and I, for one, am totally ok with that.
Let me tell you why:
There are some really amazing things that you can do right NOW, with very little effort, that will help you start the journey to a healthier you. But that’s it. You can start your journey. There are no magic pills, no super food, no super body wrap, no 5-minute workout that can accomplish what good ol’ fashioned elbow grease can. There’s a reason that lifestyle changes work and fad diets don’t.
There’s a reason that the process of building muscle burns fat up and starving yourself actually makes you store it. God designed the human body to be used, worked on a consistent basis, to thrive, to be fueled by nutrient dense foods that He placed on this earth. That’s right, we were all (with very few exceptions) born with a body that was designed to be easily-maintained and nourished by our surroundings. We were made to run and jump and play in nature, to keep our bodies strong and healthy by enjoying God’s creation. Humanity was made to flourish and develop by eating the plants and beasts of the wild.
We are made to be a robust, active, and lively race, so why do we settle for less?
I’ll tell you why. We settle because settling is easy. We settle because we’re busy and consumed with the false promises of this world. We settle because hard work is required of us and who wants to work hard?
Well, I’m taking this opportunity to tell you that I want to work hard. And, I want to encourage you to work hard too. Remember: it’s in our DNA, in the very foundation of our genetic code. We are made to work hard because hard work allows us to lead lives that are fully engaged, fully fed, fully human.
I encourage you to join me in the hard work so that we can reap the benefits together. Sign up to be part of Bikini Bod Bootcamp, share your favorite healthy recipe, or simply take a stand against the quick fix status quo. You, me, and everyone we encounter stands to benefit from a little hard work.
Nourish and Be Nourished::