Q & A: Motivating My Spouse, Organic & Fasting?

Q & A: Motivating My Spouse, Organic & Fasting?

My husband loves to workout in the afternoon. I can’t seem to get out of bed nor find the time in my day to fit in a workout. Any ideas?

It’s difficult to put ourselves first before making sure everyone else is taken care. You rely so much on external accountability (doing for others) that you neglect the internal accountability to your own needs, wants and wishes. It’s the way you’re wired, to no fault of your own.  

Here’s a fun plan: Since you know you’ll honor others before yourself, ask your husband for some (external) accountability. Tell him that he can’t workout in the evening unless you get up and get your workout in first thing! I bet he’ll be the best alarm clock, motivator, and coach you’ve ever had.  

What are the pros / cons of intermitting fasting? 

You used to intermittently fast without even knowing it. Back growing up, we ate 3 square meals and snacking was a luxury. If you sniffed around in the kitchen before dinner, I bet you can hear your parents saying “Don’t eat that or you’ll ruin your dinner.”

You had breakfast around 7:00am, headed off to school (no water bottle or snack in tote…oh my how did we ever survive), not eating until lunch. After school, you might have had something very small to eat and then hit the ground running to play. Dinner happened sometime around 5:30 – 6:00pm and nothing again till breakfast – when you break-the-fast.

The pros are endless: Helps with weight loss, insulin control, arthritis, and reduces inflammation. You’ll notice a lack of hunger swings, a more stable blood sugar and increase in clarity and concentration. Remember, hunger passes like waves at the beach.

The cons: Ask yourself “How do I feel and look right now eating every 2-3 hours throughout the day?” If you feel great, don’t dream of losing weight, and never get hangry, then you’re good to go.

However you slice intermitting fasting, or 3 squared meals, or limited eating windows, it boils down to this:

Losing weight is about burning off stored up sugar and fat on your body. The more frequently we eat, insulin is increased to store the excess energy as fat on the body. With a stomach full of food, your body is never able to tap into the stored up goodies to burn them off and help you lose the weight.

Yes, successful fat loss and sustaining your weight truly boils down to proper healthy eating habits. No, it’s not daily spinning, jogging 3-5 miles or a magical cardio plan. If you drive longer in the wrong direction, it’s still the wrong direction. 

Are organic foods all they’re cracked up to be? 

Organic vs non-organic is mainly about the pesticide content. Pesticides are poisons designed to kill things. If chemicals are used on the foods you buy, you’ll consume them when you eat them.

Short-term that’s no biggie.

But add that up over the course of a few years or a lifetime, it’s scary to think what’s truly happening inside your body. 

How often should I weigh myself? 

If you watched the stock market ticker on a daily basis, you’ll stress yourself out and probably gain a few pounds in the process.

But if you pull back and check in once a week or month, you’ll begin to realize what the scale truly measures: The choices you make.

Do you step on to the scale confidently knowing you should see a drop because of the choices you’ve been making?

Or do you step on to the scale hoping, praying and rationalizing the choices you made were because you had no other choice, you were traveling, the kids wouldn’t eat anything else, you were out with friends or it was the only thing for 100 miles?

The tricky thing about the scale is that it has no feelings. It’s emotionless. Even when you give it your best story, it still tells you the truth.  

Brent Gallagher

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