When I first started working out, I loved the way it made me feel. As I’m sure most of you can relate, the feeling you get after you workout is amazing. I was happier, healthier and overall a more positive person. I loved working out, eating healthy and aspired to be someone others looked up to for motivation. I started following fitness Instagramers and started reading about what to eat and how to work out. I loved challenging myself, pushing myself and seeing the results from my hard work. However, as time went on, I become a little too obsessed with working out and being “healthy”. I was so focused on working out and eating healthy that I neglected to spend time with my friends and family. I would turn down invitations because I knew it involved eating food that wasn’t healthy or drinking alcohol. I even cancelled a few dates with a guy I liked pretending I had to work late just because I didn’t want to eat out. I was so consumed with trying to stick with my diet plan and lose those last 5 plans that I wasn’t fully enjoying life. It took me awhile to realize exactly what I was doing but I finally realized that I needed to stop being so focused on having the perfect body and start doing stuff that actually would matter later on in my life like spending time with loved ones.
It’s hard to think about sometimes but if you were to die tomorrow, would you care about what you looked like? How much you weighed? That you ate those French fries last night when you were out with your friends? I bet you wouldn’t even think about that. You’d think about the opportunities you missed spending time with your friends because you didn’t want to eat out or eat unhealthy. You’d wish you had more chances to see those that mattered to you and wouldn’t care about the calories you were consuming.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t eat healthy because I think it’s definitely important to eat a balanced diet. What I am saying, is don’t spend so much time worrying about your perfect diet or your perfect body. Have fun with your friends and family and enjoy the time you have together. You can eat healthy 80% of the time and still reach your fitness goals. Don’t forget to live this thing we call life. 😉