My friends and I are all across the board when it comes to discipline, but in general, everyone tends to fall primarily into two groups: the Fit and the No-So-Fit. The biggest difference between the two isn’t even size or weight. It’s really about their habits, and the habits of fit people are pretty unique when you start to pay attention.
Let me tell you the 4 habits of fit people that I believe stand out most.
They are not afraid of being hungry
I have this one friend that always wants to split entrees. I won’t lie. It drives me insane. I mean, you can only deny the request so many times without coming across as that greedy friend. However, I’ve noticed this with slim people. They’re quick to go half-sies on restaurant food. It’s a hard thing to commit to. What if you’re still hungry after that? Especially when you’re starving from the beginning. It’s a risk, but it may be worth taking, especially since there’s like a 0% chance that you will starve. And you can usually just order more or eat again later.
A related habit of fit people is that they get condiments and sauces on the side. It takes like 10 seconds to spread on that honey mustard and it can save tons of calories when there’s a heavy handed chef in the back.
Here’s a good example of where sh*t gets real. This was an amazing jerk chicken meal with waaay too much food. Did I split it with a friend? Nope. Mine! Fortunately, I didn’t eat it all (see this next point) but totally could have split it.
They are have a plan for leftovers…by the way, there are leftovers
One habit of fit people is that they will pack it up or toss it. Sometimes you really just need to finish it (like when you’re on vacation and you get an expensive meal and have no refrigerator back at the hotel – you gotta take it for the team and smash it). However, most of the time you really do have the ability to just take leftovers home with you. So what if it’s like two bites of mac & cheese. It really doesn’t have to go in your stomach. You can also just leave it on the plate. Disclaimer: I don’t condone wasting food. But I would argue that eating just to “not waste food” is pretty much the same as wasting food. #realtalk
One great trick that I learned from a fellow fit person long ago is to cut an entrée in half and box it before you even start eating so that you don’t overeat.
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They actually are keeping score. They just aren’t obsessing over it
HBO showed a documentary called The Weight of the Nation that featured people that have been successful with losing weight and keeping it off. Many of the people that were featured mentioned counting, measuring, and even weighing every single calorie that they consumed.
Fit people tend to do this, just to a much less obsessive degree. They know the impact of everything they’re eating, even if it’s just at a high level. Their coffee choice at Starbucks. Their entree choice at a restaurant. Even alcoholic drinks. They’ve weighed the cost vs. benefit of eating certain things, and they make food choices accordingly. Check out this post in Total Transformation series for my take on tracking food. If you generally don’t know the calorie impact of what you’re eating or drinking, you may be making life much harder for yourself and eating more calories than you know.
Despite how amazing Bloody Mary’s look, these friggin drinks tend to have 400 or more calories. This one comes with a side of beer for extra bloating. I’m not saying don’t drink it, but know what you’re getting. I happen to hate them so snapped a pic of my friend’s drink because they sure are pretty drinks!
They are sweaty
This is where I start to lose some of my sistas that hate to get their hair messed up at the gym. I also lose the people that hate to sweat too hard because it’s gross or whatever other weird thing one could have about sweating. By sweat, I don’t only mean literal sweating, but working out hard.
I’ve known people that like to keep their workouts light and easy, and hate the idea of anything that’s going to make them work too hard. Now, every workout doesn’t have to kill you, but results don’t usually come from actions that don’t push you. This is one of the habits of fit people: they get it in. They go hard in the gym, on hikes, during runs, in fitness classes, or in with whatever type of workout they’re doing. It’s not easy for them either, but instead of that being the reason they don’t do a workout, they let that fuel them to go harder.
This was one of the hardest 10 minutes of my life, carrying a 30 lb bucket of rocks during a Spartan race. My face shows my misery. Everything shouldn’t be this hard, but if you’re not struggling, you’re likely not making changes.