I’ve realized lately that i’ve not been a very good role model in terms of what I consistently preach on this website: strength, health, balance, and clean, wholesome eating.
I don’t know where it originated from, but the realization came to me after noticing a couple things:
One, that I seemed to be a bit ‘fluffier’ than normal (what I consider to be an additional layer of fat over my torso that is usually not there), and two, that my skin was appearing red and almost blotchy in certain areas (my chin, cheeks, under my nose).
9 times out of 10 I am happy with my appearance, my body, and my skin. I rarely break out, and I never feel self conscious stripping down to a sports bra at the gym. But after waking up for work for almost the sixth week in a row with a strange, red, uneven complexion, something in me snapped.
At first I was completely in denial about it – ‘Why does this keep happening? Nothing has changed! I’m just doin me!’
I kept thinking about it, convinced that winter had taken it’s toll, and perhaps I could blame the weight on ‘hormones.’
It wasn’t until later that day after making some dinner plans that I realized, I had changed. I had been getting a little bit ‘loose’ with my priorities and health values. Although I am the number one advocate of balance, and will never say no to pizza, I realized I had been taking it too far outside of my extremest limits.
Here’s a few examples:
Weekends have recently been filled with pizza nights, followed by greasy, carb-y big breakfasts, sometimes a little dim-sum, and other unhealthy choices. I have recently got into the habit of eating chocolate after every lunch, and then craving it again after dinner. I’ve even found myself drinking more often than I used to, which leads to me sleeping in and skipping the gym on the weekends.
Sometimes you fall off the wagon, whether you realize it or not. It can be a gradual process that goes unnoticed, or it can be from a sudden change in priorities. What i’m saying is that it happens, and it’s never something to feel guilty about. If, like me, it’s an important piece of your life, you will do what you can to fix it and get back onto the right path.
To mend my ways, i’ve been doing a couple things differently:
- Waking up 20 minutes earlier – this gives me more time in the morning so I feel less rushed and get ready. Even though i’m waking up earlier, my eyes are less baggy and I have time to shower, rejuvenating my skin and face.
- Setting aside time to workout on the weekends – usually I would go if it fit within my schedule (which it normally did until recently). Now I set out the exact time I want to go, and plan around that. If I cannot make it to my gym, then i’ll go for a tough run outside to boost my metabolism.
All that being said, balance is one of the most important aspects to leading your most healthy and happy lifestyle. Unfortunately, once you start living it at your most extreme limits, then it can no longer be considered ‘balance.’ And if I can’t walk the walk, then who am I to preach this healthy lifestyle?
What About You?
- Have you ever found yourself shifting away from your priorities?
- How do you maintain balance in your life?