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The Kitchen is the New Gym

The Kitchen is the New Gym

80% of sculpting your body happens in the kitchen, not the gym.

I work out at the gym all the time. I love it. I have fun. I get to work out with one of my favorite girlfriends and laugh. And it’s true…I’m in love with the pull-up machine there.

So if you see me there, don’t be confused by this message. When you hear me talk about epic bike rides and crazy ass runs…don’t be confused. That stuff feeds my spirit. It’s actually harder for me to shape my body by doing all that stuff. It also takes a lot of freaking energy!

What I’m saying here is…you don’t need a gym or a crazy amount of mileage to stay in shape. I do it because I love it, not because I think it’ll create weight loss or shape my body in any particular way. Just wanted to set the record REALLY straight there.

What makes me sad is how many women I see working so hard and who are dragging themselves to the gym everyday and hating it. Women who are there because they think it’s the way or the only way to lose weight and get in shape. What makes me sad is all the women who are riding and running for weight control…to “get in shape” and not doing any of it out of pure passion and pleasure.

I know this isn’t popular news for the fitness industry. Heck, I owned 3 gyms for 14 years. And I plan to own another one day. You know, for those people who love it. And of course my “gym” of the future won’t be anything like most gyms…but that’s another story.

But my point is…the No B.S. truth is….our weight is MOSTLY (like 80% mostly) controlled by diet. It is impossible to “work off” calories. Seriously, look at the calorie count in something and calculate the workout needed. It’s a bad model. It’s unsustainable. And it is so not fun. I’m all for fun. And food. And pleasure.

The moral of the story is you must fall in love with food. The good news: I bet it’ll be easier to fall in love with food and preparing it than to fall deeply in love with that treadmill.

The thing that fires me up the most is I see so much struggle due to misinformation and over-information. That needs to stop.

I also see denial. Yep, sorry. What you EAT MATTERS. It affects every cell in your body. You have to be willing to take 100% responsibility for this area of life. It means shopping differently and preparing food differently. Yep, I mean YOU + Your Kitchen = True Love Forever (or at least radiant vitality!).

It’s not a diet, it’s a way of life. It’s a lifestyle. People say that all the time, “it’s a lifestyle” — but I think people have a hard time taking that nice little sentence and figuring out how to create that lifestyle. Like what does that really mean.

The hardest part is getting started. There IS a learning curve. There will be things you’ll need to toss. Things you’ll need to buy. Mindset shifts and a willingness to learn a few “tricks of the trade.” But once you make the transition, you will NEVER go back. You’ll get leaner. Have more energy. Look younger. Feel happier. Be more confident. Be more connected to your body and to your life.

Now that’s a pretty desirable place to be in that takes little motivation to stay in once you’re there, but you’ve got to get there first, right?

We can’t live our best lives in bodies not at their best. We need energy, strength, nourishment, and a radiant vitality to go after and to live our lives and dreams to the fullest.

And every cell in our body recognizes it’s our natural state. It’s our primal nature.

Bottom line. Get in line. Like at the grocery store. Food really matters. Gyms don’t.

Here’s to your radiant vitality without all the B.S.!

xo!
Hollie “feeding you the truth” Flynn

About hollie

Hollie Flynn is a Life and Career Strategist, Millennial Mentor, Author of No B.S. When Life’s a Mess, Founder & CEO of Wellness Spark, Inc, a personal development & life strategy company, and creator of The No BS Life.

Hollie is an 18 year entrepreneur who repeatedly turns her passions into purpose and profit. She began in 1998 at the age of 26 by opening up 3 Fitness Centers, and has since owned and operated businesses in the adventure, wellness, coaching and consulting industries.

Hollie loves adventure, mountain biking, trail running, kale, and bourbon, oh and books. Lots and lots of books. Her favorite place in the world is her home where she lives her wise and witty daughter, Taylor, her cat Yang, and Mr. Carter Jones, the family dog.

Hollie usually can find her computer more often than her phone, and can be reached best at Hollie@WellnessSpark.com