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Laura Dziubyk

Why I Won’t Give up My Favorite Foods for the Sake of Fitness

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We all know at least one of these people: the people who refuse to eat their favorite foods or go out for dinner with their friends because they are “on a diet”.

Well, that just might be taking healthy eating too far.

If you eat salads every day and find yourself longing for some gooey, cheesy pizza, go for some pizza once in awhile. You’ll feel better if you indulge now and then than you would forcing yourself again and again to eat vegetables you don’t even want anymore.

If going out for dinner means catching up with friends, then you should probably go out with them, even though your meal will probably be less healthy than what you would choose to cook at home. 

One unhealthy meal will not “undo” your fitness, just like one healthy one won’t make you a star athlete. I have gone through the ups and downs of dieting and restrictive eating, but I have found my balance. With that balance, I have found greater happiness.

And my balance definitely includes some pizza. Some cookies. Some foods that I would not have let myself eat in the past.

I’ve learned that “being fit”does not mean, and is not worth, giving up your favorite foods. And, most importantly, that you can be healthy and still eat your favorite foods.

I eat lots of healthy food most of the time, but here are the three not-so-healthy foods I couldn’t live without.

  • Skyline. I am not from the Ohio area, but I love it. Anything from a 3-way to chili cheese fries will make my taste buds happy as can be. 

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  • Pizza. Though I love making healthier pizzas, I also love to indulge in a nice cheesy pizza. Some of my favorite nights are when my friends get together, order a pizza, and go at it. (Guilt free!)
  • Ice cream. Again, I love to run to the grocery store with my friends, go back to one of our houses, and eat ice-cream and have a girls night. Those memories are better than achieving any fitness goals.

So next time you are debating whether or not to go out to dinner with friends or go on that late night ice-cream run… go! A strict diet is not equivalent to a healthy lifestyle. We all need balance, and depriving ourselves of the things we love may make our bodies alone a little healthier, but your real healthiest self involves a healthy body and mind. And a mind that can’t enjoy time with friends and that stresses about dinner is not healthy.

Occasional deviations from healthy foods will not hurt you in any way.

The trick is enjoying your meals, healthy or not. If you regret every bite, then you are missing the point of eating food you love. After you’ve eaten that food, move on. In fact, you’ll be much happier if you don’t deprive yourself from all your favorite foods.

Fitness should enhance your life, not make it miserable.

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Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

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Every year do you find yourself losing motivation or not following through with your New Year’s resolution? Well, this is a new year and you have made new resolutions, so here are a few tips to make sure you stick to them! 

Make your goal realistic.

Sometimes when you set a big goal it is hard to see results, the light at the end of the tunnel. Go for the big goal, but it might be easier if you make smaller goals so you see success along the way to encourage you and motivate you to continue.

Make a routine.


Depending on your resolutions make a routine. When you are trying to eat healthier, workout more often, or reach your push-up goal, make a schedule. Get into the habit of working out every morning or every day before dinner. Get in the habit of packing your lunch the night before so you cannot use the “no time” excuse. Dedicate Sunday or Saturday morning to cooking in bulk for the week. Therefore, when you have a busy day and cannot cook you still have a homemade healthy meal.

Remind yourself.

Make an inspiration board to help remind you of your goals. Want to get healthier? Make it full of workouts or healthy foods and inspirational quotes. Trying to swear less or be more positive? Fill a board with alternative words that reflect the language and attitude you want to have.

If you’re trying to simply trying to enjoy life more or be a nicer person or take life day by day, live slowly and enjoy each moment create a board with inspirational quotes or pictures to remind you. These could be pictures of things you enjoy doing. 

You can carry physical reminders with you, too. Wear a new bracelet, and tell yourself you’re putting it on for a specific reason. When you see it, it’ll give you a friendly reminder of your resolution. Not into jewelry? Change the background on your phone to a quote or a picture to that reminds you of your goals. We are always on our phones, so you’ll be sure to see it! And hey, if your goal is it limit your phone use, then put a big X or stop sign on your phone screen. Need a more jolting motivator? Set alarms on your phone with titles that remind you to eat an apple, do 10 push-ups, or take 3 deep breaths and remind yourself to take life moment by moment.

Set a time limit.


It is much easier to achieve a goal when you set a time limit. For example, say you want to be able to run 5 miles by spring break, you won’t eat out for 3 months, or you will do three acts of kindness per day. Quantifying your goals eliminates any doubts about what you want to accomplish.

Reward yourself. 

Every time you cook a meal or are able to do one more push up, put a dollar in a jar. This is a great way to save money – and you can spend it on a bigger reward later. Or if you finish your goal early tell yourself you’ll reward yourself with a massage, your favorite restaurant meal (Skyline Chili would be mine), or even a pricy studio workout. Incentives are a great form of encouragement.

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