Eating well and working out regularly is a marathon (pun intended). There are a lot of ups and there’re a lot of downs. Some days you wake up at 5:30am, get your workout in, and eat a healthy breakfast at an actual table and not in your car. Other days you skip breakfast and eat 3 doughnuts at the office.
And that’s okay.
You don’t have to be perfect 24/7. I’m not saying go and have doughnuts for breakfast, but I am saying that if you have a less than perfect day where you don’t workout and eat a little (or a lot – hello holidays) of food that wouldn’t be on the nice list, that’s okay. You’re human.
We’re aiming for progress not perfection.
I beat myself up about this way too much for way too long. I was so obsessed with eating perfectly all the time that if I cheated even a little bit, my whole day was off and now it’s time to binge eat. The guilt was heavy.
At the beginning of my fitness journey I was a little… obsessive… I would exercise every single day, sometimes even twice a day, and I was obsessed with getting fit – I’m writing this post to basically just show that trying to be “too healthy” can sometimes become an unhealthy obsession too.
Now, I really understand and appreciate the importance of balance. Before, I thought I was doing the right thing, I thought I felt great, I told people I felt great, but every day was a battle with my mind. It would stress me out going to dinner with family or friends in fear that there would be no healthy options. I thought I was healthy, I would tell people I was healthy and happy, but I was overworked and my mind was out of balance.
This kind of thing is often overlooked because people think to themselves that if they’re eating well and exercising that they must be healthy, when really there can be a fine line between living a healthy lifestyle and being overly obsessed with your healthy lifestyle- it can be a real sickness and it’s dangerous.
This all turned around for me after I bought Kayla Itsines’ Nutrition Guide.
One of my favorite things about her Bikini Body Guide (BBG) is that she’s completely changing the conversation about food for a fit “bikini body”. Food is meant to be ENJOYED with family and friends, not feared when Grandma hands you a big plate of your favorite pasta with an extra serving of garlic bread.
What I’ve found by restricting certain foods is that it can cause unnecessary stress and anxiety which in turn can hold people back from achieving their health and fitness goals. I believe that eating balanced whole foods of all kinds – yes, this includes bread and pasta – creates healthy well balanced people. Best of all, food is once again enjoyed. It’s taken a lot of time, patience, and hard work to finally feel okay with letting my body rest and not feel the insane guilt and disappointment with messing up.
Of course it’s important to be healthy and exercise, but it’s important to live your life too. These days I am so much happier and balanced not stressing over every little thing I eat. I don’t have that constant voice in my head telling me “don’t eat that” or “you really should workout again today”. I stopped freaking out if I missed a workout – I’m finally BALANCED and it’s amazing! It’s important to love every minute of your life, but it’s hard to do that if you’re in constant fear of gaining weight if you don’t stick to your “healthy lifestyle”.