Every morning I have the same routine of waking up ridiculously early and sorting through some blogs. I like catching up on other’s blogs and seeing what else is going on in the world of fitness, health, fashion, home decor, etc. It is a nice way for my brain to slowly wake up and lucky for me I normally get to learn something or be inspired a bit.
This morning I made my way to BexLife. I have been reading her blog and following her YouTube posts on and off for about a year now and she is always quite inspiring. Today the post I stumbled upon that really kind of hit home was on eating while on vacation. The fact that I had just come back from vacation didn’t really play into it’s impact on me as much as a comment a friend made the other day. He said “okay this is all great but when does Brittany get to eat a hamburger?” His words made me realize that my struggle with my nutrition (either too hard on myself or to relaxed) was something that maybe I needed to take a step back and assess with love. The five words of wisdom that Bex’s offered were “How does this serve me?”
These words struck me because I know that for me food journaling and food planning are good things because they help me stay stay on track. What these words did was remind me of the need to think about what I am eating. “How is eating this going to make me feel? what am I feeling that is making want that? What do I do with all of this information?”
For myself the struggle is to find a middle ground between being proud for making the “healthiest” choices or making myself feel guilty for not making the “healthiest” choices. It is about realizing that sometimes the healthiest choice for your body and mind isn’t always going to be considered the most nutritionally sound but eating with compassion and love for yourself sometimes means allowing yourself a slice of pie or a glass of champagne.
I have labelled indulgences as compassionate and loving because allowing yourself the occasional indulgence without mentally pummeling yourself later is what allows you to find a balance. No one is capable of living at 100% all of the time and setting manageable expectations for yourself is a part of self love and acceptance. I am not suggesting that you don push yourself or to not set the bar high, I am simply suggesting that perhaps the idea of complete and total perfection is an unfair goal for anyone to set for themselves and in it can be these unrealistic expectations that hold us all back from achieving our goals.
Having said this I must admit that I do not have this balancing act down by any stretch of the imagination. I like most am probably the most critical when it comes to talking to myself or analyzing my own actions, but I do strongly believe that every once in a while we all need reminders that we aren’t perfect and that’s okay, and it is these reminders that will one day help us to find that sweet spot, to find our own balance.
The other thing that had me so intrigued by these five words was that they can be applied to so much more than food choices. They can be applied to workouts, sleeping, shopping, or any other aspect of our lives. When on a journey to find health, happiness and balance in our lives it is always important to take a second to stop and reflect, without judgement, on where you are, where you came from, and where you would like to be. By taking the time to objectively evaluate where you are and how you feel you allow yourself to be more present and involved in your journey.
How do you keep yourself balanced? Are there any words or phrases you use to help yourself make healthier choices?