Our own MBS trainers were asked: What is the one healthy habit your do every day?
Do you fall asleep or wake up thinking about food? I know I do. But is that because we're food obsessed? Health conscious? Or both? (And yes, that's a thing.)
As someone who has been on both ends of the extreme (and you can read more about that here), it's a question that's been rattling around in my brain lately. When I was closing in on 300 pounds, all I thought about was the next Snickers bar, the next order of super nachos, or the next piece of cake. As a 160 pound marathoner, all I thought about was avoiding butter, not eating anything fatty, and how to get through the next family dinner without ordering any 'tainted' food, while gulping down endless glasses of water.
Neither of those options were ideal. They weren't healthy or optimal. But above all, they didn't make me happy.
The result of constantly overeating was being obese and overweight, and carrying around all that extra fat did not make me happy. On the other side of the equation, following such a restrictive diet kept me lean, but obsessing over every meal and morsel crushed my ability to completely engage in normal, everyday interactions, and that didn't make me happy either.
For a while, I bounced between the two extremes until I finally found something that works for me. Something simple and easy that helps keep me focused on the big picture and my long term goals. Something that's eradicated my food anxiety and brought me a lot more peace.
Simply put: I choose food that makes me happy and healthy.
And as easy as that sounds, it's been incredibly liberating in practice and something I don't think I've ever done before - as I was either too caught up in nutritional minutiae, or instant gratification.
But eating for happiness and long term health? Well, that's different. It opens the door to everything, and closes the door on nothing. And since I plan to pretty much live forever and be around for a very, very long time, it puts in perspective just how important those M&Ms are at any given moment.
It reminds me that I genuinely like to cook and eat real, organic, whole foods, as doing so makes me feel good and energized and connected to the world in a way that constantly consuming processed food does not.
So there it is: Happiness as a guiding principle to food choice. Happiness as the latest food trend, the newest food rule, the panacea for the masses.
I think I can live with that.
by: Tom Trevino
Tom Trevino is s personal trainer and wellness coach based out of San Antonio. He holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio, multiple certifications from the Cooper Institute in Dallas, and is currently pursuing his Precision Nutrition Level 1 certification. He can be found at our Alamo Heights location, or aimlessly wandering the aisles of Central Market.
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MBS Fitness has always provided patrons a unique opportunity to get a little art appreciation in while working on their own form. Whether running on a treadmill, working with a Personal Trainer, lengthening and toning with a Pilates Instructor or matching breath with movement in our King William location Yoga Studio, fitness-lovers have enjoyed thought-provoking, startling, beautiful and sometimes even bizarre works of art to stimulate the mind while they're sculpting their bodies. Naturally this connection makes Contemporary Art Month an exciting time for MBS Fitness- and this year MBS is participating in a few ways.
We are excited to announce a major change in our approach to supporting artists and promoting art patronage among the fitness and wellness communities in San Antonio. Beginning this coming April, the MBS Yoga Studio will begin hosting regularly scheduled art openings offering another platform through which patrons may also both contribute and benefit from the arts community.
In order to accomplish this goal, MBS Fitness will host a multi-layered official CAM event during which we will sell the eclectic collection of superstar local artists currently adorning the walls. This bittersweet and not-to-be missed farewell unfolds in two parts. On the evening of Friday, March 24th at 6pm, Josh Levine- personal trainer, yoga instructor, adventurer and founder of MBS Fitness will lead an all-level yoga class focused on breath-work followed by a discussion of the collection. A little farewell party for the beloved gems follows and attendees will have the opportunity to snatch up a favorite piece or two before they're made available to the general public.
Our own MBS trainers were asked: What is the one healthy habit your do every day?
Kimberly Aubuchon: I get up and start drinkin'! First thing I do when I get up in the morning is drink a large glass of cold water. It fires up my metabolism, keeps me hydrated, flushes out them toxins, gives my brain some wake-up fuel, and even helps me eat less in the morning. Nothing tastes better than a cold refreshing drink of water - especially on these hot and humid days - I feel focused and my entire body feels ready to start the day. After that, I try to consume 70+ ounces throughout the rest of the day. Water does a body good!
Josh Levine, MBS Owner and Founder: Each day I do five Sun Salutation A's and five Sun Salutation B's. This keeps my body toned when I'm not able to add other components to my regimen. Also, it only takes 15 minutes so it allows me the opportunity to do some focused breathing when I don't have time to get in my meditation practice. Strength, flexibility, and mindfulness are all incorporated in this one block of time.
Claudia Ramirez: The one health habit that I practice every day is eating breakfast. I believe starting the day with a good hearty breakfast helps get me on the right path for the day. It boosts my metabolism and provides the steady energy that I need to train clients and fuel my own workouts.
Tatum Rebelle: My health habit is that I do something for my health and fitness every single day. Some days I have the time, energy and motivation to get to the gym and do a tough workout, but more often I walk on my home treadmill while I work, or play with the dogs, or do a few minutes of squats or pushups. On days when I don't work out my 'something' becomes making a large salad for dinner or drinking an extra tall glass of water. The consistent small healthy habits are enough for me to maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle.
Tom Trevino: There are a couple of healthy habits I try to do every day, but the one thing I don't miss is my daily walk - it is my personal time, my relaxation, my meditation, and my chance to get outside and connect just a bit with nature. The health benefits from a simple 30 minute walk are tremendous, so regardless of weather, or how busy I am, I make sure to do it every day as a personal ritual. Few things go perfect on a daily basis, but keeping up this positive health habit makes me feel like at least I've done one thing right, even on the worst days.
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