Alcohol and Fitness???!!!

Ask anyone in the health and wellness profession, if you want to be healthy and get fit one of the first things to do is stop drinking alcohol. All alcohol. All the time. Well, for some people that just doesn’t work. Like me! Bar owner and fitness professional. This post is going to talk about some of the effects alcohol has on you, some of the myths that people cling to, and how to live a healthy life without going insane.

Stress and Weight Gain

Looking at the image you’d never guess this was a person that worked out daily, motivated others to get in shape, and worked as a Personal Trainer for several years. But, it’s me. This isn’t a snapshot of 15 years ago when I was my heaviest. This was a couple of days ago, and I haven’t been in this situation since 2005.

The Easter Bunny Cometh

It’s no secret that America doesn’t need a reason to come together and eat a lot of “hearty” food and drink a lot. Easter is definitely one of those times. Gather the family and friends, go to church, come home, eat and drink until you drop, wake up, hate life. That’s generally how it goes. Personally, I ate my face off. Easter falls on Sunday, and Sunday is my cheat day. It’s the day when we get together after work and either head to Steak n Shake for milk shakes and burgers, or we sit around watching TV and playing games at the pub after close. But yesterday was a bit more special as it was an all day affair. I think I ate more sugar and drank more beer yesterday than I have in over a month. I went to bed feeling like utter crap, and woke up much the same way. But, what do I do now? Where do I go from here? Do I look at the fact that I only have three days left in the 21 Day Fix and just give up? Or do I pick myself up, shake off the crumbs, and make the rest of the week great? I’m gonna go for the latter, and here’s how.
1) No regrets! Seriously, regret is going to do nothing but stress you out and piss you off. Take joy in the awesome day you had yesterday. Just don’t regret what you did. You can’t take it back. Time to more forward.
2) Eat great. Make today a new day. Stick to your plan, load up on veggies and fruits. Drink a lot of water.
3) Workout and move. You may not want to do it. You may feel bloated or fat. Well, you aren’t going to get in shape sitting on the couch feeling sorry for yourself.
4) Write it all down. Yep. All of it. Write down what you at on Easter. Write down what you’re eating today. Write down how it all makes you feel.
One day is just a blip on your radar. You aren’t going to gain a ton of weight in one day, and you won’t lose it all in one day. So pick your head up, take a bite out of that apple, and get going!

You drink beer AND lose weight?!

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Talk to just about anyone about getting into shape and one of the first things they say is “Cut out beer! It’s nothing but empty calories, and all those carbs!” There are even jokes about doing “12 ounce curls” or having a “beer gut”. Well, imagine being a home brewer and owner of a craft beer pub while also being a personal trainer and fitness coach! What if I were to tell you that you can continue to enjoy great craft beer and still get in shape? *twists waxed mustachios*