In the journey to lead a healthier and more fit lifestyle, how do we remain balanced? As someone who has been at both ends of the spectrum, finding balance was a learning process. One spectrum being a diet that consisted of pizza and mini chimichangas, and the other spectrum being strict calorie counting of vegetables and no indulgences. I mean, really? Counting calories of a cup of bell peppers seems a little ridiculous, and it was.
You have to keep in mind that everyone is different. You can't expect that someone else's methods of dieting and fitness routines will work for you in the exact same say. You may get different results, but more importantly, you may not be happy in doing their methods. You have to find what works for you.
When finding a balance in your own fit and healthy lifestyle, you really need to focus on how you feel and what your body is telling you. It's crucial to listen to what your insides are telling you. Your body knows best and tells you what you need to know if you are really in tune with it.
The mind, body, and soul can lead us in very different directions. It's important to realize that they are separate entities, yet they work together in the balancing act.
Questions you can ask your body...
Does this feel good? (exercising too often or working out with sore muscles)
Does this taste good? (don't eat something that isn't appetizing just because it's good for you)
Are you tired? (rest days)
Am I full? (there is a difference between satisfied and full)
Questions you can ask your mind...
Is this taking up too much of my time? (counting calories, planning meals, counting macros)
Do you feel guilty? (beating yourself up for missing a workout or having a treat)
Are you comparing yourself? (focusing on others, their bodies, their results)
Are you doing this for the right reasons? (eating healthy and working to feel good, not solely for physical reasons)
Questions you can ask your soul...
Do you need an indulgence? (cupcakes, pizza, cheeseburgers)
Are you missing out on moments with friends or family? (skipping dates or parties due to food)
Does this comfort you? (warm soul food on a chilly day or ice cream on a hot day)
Are you happy with yourself? (self-love, body image)
The answers to these questions will bring you closer to finding a balance that works for you. Sitting down with these thoughts or even journaling can be very helpful. Also, think about why you're doing this.
I don't think enough people do this therapeutic process of "asking" anymore. People are too wrapped up in results, rather than focusing on how they feel. People are so determined on gaining that perfect "bikini body," but who even decided that this was the standard? Who decided this is the way we should look in a bikini? I call bull shit. Anyone can rock a bikini, as long as they are confident then that is what matters. We don't all need to look a certain way. What's the fun in everyone looking the exact same way?
For me, I like to typically eat healthy throughout the week, and indulge in a treat meal or two on a date with my fiancé or out with my girlfriends. When I say treat meal, I mean margaritas, appetizers, and an entree. I go all out. It's what keeps me sane and it's what keeps me happy. Will it work for you? I don't know. Try it if you want.
I'm not going to lie to you and say I like fruit more than cookies. That's insane to me. Give me that ooey gooey chocolate chip cookie. However, I'm not going to eat cookies day in and day out because I would probably barf and get a headache from too much sugar. And yes, I want my jeans to fit comfortably.
I hope you ask yourself these questions and work towards achieving a balance in your life. It is possible with practice and staying in tune with yourself.
How do YOU find balance? Please share.