I’m going to be honest; staying committed to healthy living can be difficult. If you’re like me, you might not have a ton of time to workout each day, or you get cravings for dessert and other treats. It can be hard to live this healthy, happy, positive lifestyle we all know we (should) be living.
That’s why I decided to make health and fitness a priority in my life; and you should, too. Before, I used to eat strictly fruits, vegetables, protein and minimal grains and treats; and I would workout everyday without a break. After a week, I’d cave and eat pasta, chocolate and more pasta because I wouldn’t treat myself. Then, I’d get off track and feel bad about myself. The cycle was endless. Now, I’m making the commitment to allow myself indulgences. So, instead of skipping out on a cookie, I’ll treat myself. If I need a break from working out, I’ll give myself time off to recuperate and relax.
It’s all about balance. I don’t think we are truly balanced unless we allow ourselves treats, time off and relaxation. This is something I struggled with because I see myself as an “all or nothing” person. I want to wither give 120 percent or nothing. I realized this was the wrong mentality to have. Instead, we should be okay with not always having the time or energy to give 120 percent. Sometimes we need to give 80 percent or 50.
This week, I decided to get back on track in a balanced way. Instead of workout out seven days a week for an hour or more, I’m cutting back to three times a week for an hour. Instead of eating perfectly healthy every single day, I’m going to allow myself treats and cheat meals.
With this balance in health and fitness, it will naturally become a priority. You won’t have to think about it because you won’t fear overeating or not exercising enough—because you realize it’s okay not to live a perfectly healthy lifestyle 24/7.
So have a glass of wine, have a pizza (notice I didn’t say a piece of pizza, I said pizza) and relax. Make health and fitness a priority, but don’t forget to be kind to yourself above everything else. The rest will fall into place.
How do you keep your health and fitness schedule balanced? What’s your favorite treat or cheat meal? Make sure to leave a comment below!