Ana Alarcón shares how she went from overanalyzing her workouts and her diet to letting go of all that pressure and just having fun.
When it comes to mastering the mind-body balance, Ana Alarcón is a total pro, but it hasn't always been that way. Practicing self-love and letting go of the pressure to be on top of her eating and fitness game didn't always come easy for the vegan fitness blogger. Recently, she opened up about how she went from measuring her worth through the scale to being confident and strong without being a slave to the numbers.
GOING TO THE GYM VS LIVING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. Back in the summer of 2014 I realized that I was pretty far away from the person I wanted to be, I was partying way too much and eating like crap. I recall doing squats in my old Jersey apartment feeling gross and about to cry. I also recall messaging an ex -coworker for her diet to lose weight. I recall eating eggs, broccoli and steamed rice everyday. When I moved to Boston and started living with a fairly healthier human than me (aka Matt) I wanted to change. I stumbled upon BBG, bought the guide and did pre-training day 1, and almost cried. I couldn’t believed how out of shape I was. One month after, I committed to do the whole guide. Joined a gym, and was there everyday at 5:30am, no matter what. I was eating “healthy”, and I was meal prepping every single meal. I was obsessed. But as soon as the weekend and vacation happened, I would loose control and over eat whenever possible. It wasn’t a healthy cycle. (I’m not bagging #BBG, I still LOVE it. And in fact I’m doing the guide. #justwantedtoclarify) It has taken me a while to really tune in with my body, and understand what a healthy lifestyle means. Like walking every morning because I LOVE it, not running cause I don’t enjoy it, training like a ninja because makes me feel powerful. Eating greens because I care for myself and taking breaks when needed cause my body needs it. Yes, fitness is great for getting toned and muscle, but for me it is more than getting abs and lift heavier. Along with health, nutrition and body confidence, one of my major passions in life is to inspire others to LOVE being healthy and active. To show you that eating plant based, being active and still have a life, travel, going out with friends, feeling confident and love yourself IT IS POSSIBLE. I compare myself back then to myself right now and these two girls couldn't be any more different. My body has changed of course, but the thing that has gone through the biggest change is my mind. If you are starting your “fitness journey” today, the biggest tip I can give you is to think about what habits can you keep for the long run, not just for summer
"Back in the summer of 2014, I realized that I was pretty far away from the person I wanted to be," she wrote on Instagram alongside two side-by-side pictures of herself. Ana writes that she weighed 110 pounds in one of the photos, but in the other, more recent pic, she explains that she doesn't weigh herself anymore and, better yet, doesn't really care what the number says anyway. (Related: Three Weight-Loss Stories That Prove the Scale Is Bogus)
"I was partying way too much and eating like crap," she continues talking about her wellness journey. "I recall doing squats in my old Jersey apartment feeling gross and about to cry. I also recall messaging an ex-coworker for her diet to lose weight. I recall eating eggs, broccoli, and steamed rice every day."
NEW BLOG POST! all about how I structure my workout week with fitness classes. When there’s so many options sometimes it’s hard to choose and not to do the same thing over and over again. I feel ya! I wrote a little bit on what I would, don’t feel like you have to, but just to get an idea on how i would structure my weekly sessions. Ps: that’s the face I do when I’m off the waitlist at @btonefitness #linkinbio . . BLOG NUEVO! Cómo crear tu rutina con clases de ejercicios. El link está en mi bio, y desde ahora todos los post en español están en el mismo que el de Inglés. ¡Búscalo hasta abajo! El link está en mi bio #anagoesfit #fitnessclasses #classpass
Then, after moving to Boston and meeting her boyfriend Matt, Ana says she was influenced by his healthier lifestyle. Before long, she started changing her eating habits and doing Kayla Itsines' BBG program. "I bought the guide and did pre-training day 1, and almost cried," she wrote, "I couldn't believe how out of shape I was."
While this was the first step in motivating her to get into better shape, Ana says she soon found herself going overboard. "One month [later], I committed to [doing] the whole guide, joined a gym and was there every day at 5:30 a.m., no matter what," she wrote. "I was eating 'healthy,' and I was meal prepping every single meal. I was obsessed. But as soon as the weekend and/or vacation happened, I would lose control and overeat whenever possible. It wasn't a healthy cycle." (Related: How to ~Finally~ Kick Your Weekend Overeating Habit)
Do it for the feeling whether you lift, box, barre or simply walk (AKA my favorite form of exercise) do it cause it feels good I used to be physic obsessed and i would only do XYZ cause it will give me a booty, a six pack or lean long arms - soonest I changed my mindset to really enjoy what I do and truly love an active lifestyle my mood changed. To me an active lifestyle isn’t going to the gym for hours six days a week and having “a cheat meal” - it’s walking when I can, taking the stairs, moving my body cause I like it and eating foods that nourish me with a side of YOLO I dont have a six pack or legs and booty like many but hey.. I’m healthy af, my hormones are balanced, I have good relationship with food and exercise. I do it cause it feels effing good Happy Saturday mamacitas pic by babe cause well, insta hubby for the win @mattxdavey ✨✨✨
Since realizing this approach to health and fitness just wasn't sustainable, Ana has spent the past few years opening her eyes to the idea that being healthy is so much more than hours at the gym and cutting calories. (Related: What Is Rational Fitness and Why You Should Try It?)
"It has taken me a while to really tune in with my body, and understand what a healthy lifestyle means," she wrote. So Ana says she's changed her obsessive habits and is choosing activities she enjoys that have lasting power. "Like walking every morning because I LOVE it, not running cause I don't enjoy it, training like a ninja because [it] makes me feel powerful," she wrote. "Eating greens because I care about myself and taking breaks when my body needs it."
Grab a pen and paper because is time to share things that make you happy. Mines are: the smell of trees in spring and the colors of New England fall. cold morning breeze. smell of coffee . when puppies run up to me. when matt gives me a night kiss and cuddles. when I spend time with my family. a spin ride with my aunt. going for dinner with my friends in Mexico. airports! Haha love the experience. cooking for my love ones. bed socks. the ocean and the sound of waves in the morning. sunrise at the beach. Harry Potter series. Doesn’t matter what makes YOU happy, because it is so unique to everyone, and the thing is that the more you do what makes YOU happy the more you radiate happiness, confidence and good vibes. Cause remember, our vibes attract our tribe. I’ve learn that when I do what makes me happy I am the most confident and loving, to others and myself! I’ve learnt to be the best version of ME physically, mentally and emotionally. I love my body, cellulite, jiggly bits and all but it’s taken me a long time to say that. Happiness, self-confidence and positivity is contagious - throw it around like confetti! AND YES, I indulged like crazy this past weekend, and I AM NOT FEELING BAD ABOUT IT, or doing crazy diets this week. I will have a lil video and blog post with my tips on how to “get back to normal” but overall I just listen to my body and move and nourish it accordantly. SHARE WITH ME WHAT MAES YOU HAPPY! #TheHappyList
Now, Ana's says her definition of fitness has changed completely. "Yes, fitness is great for getting toned and muscle, but for me, it is more than getting abs and lifting heavier," she writes. "Along with health, nutrition and body confidence, one of my major passions in life is to inspire others to LOVE being healthy and active. To show you that eating plant-based food, being active and still having a life, traveling, going out with friends, feeling confident and loving yourself IS POSSIBLE." (Related: Gina Rodriguez Wants You to Love Your Body Through All Its Ups and Downs)
Sure, Ana has seen differences in her body over the past four years, but the biggest transformation has been mental. "My body has changed, of course, but the thing that has gone through the biggest change is my mind," she wrote.
Want to start living a more active, well-rounded lifestyle? "The biggest tip I can give you is to think about what habits can you keep for the long run, not just for summer," says Ana. We couldn't agree more.