I don’t believe sustaining a super lean body is realistic or enjoyable. That involves a super clean diet and a strict gym schedule and although I love working out, I do not diet because I LIVE TO EAT (and I workout to eat).
I’m sure my co-workers think I starve myself because I always eat healthy but little during the day and then disappear to the gym and come back to my desk with a face that is still red and sweaty but I go home and cook myself a gigantic meal for dinner then snack all night long. Some of my newer blog readers think I’m super healthy (only 80% of the time, okay) but little do they know that I indulge in poutine weekly, chocolates and desserts almost everyday and way too much fruit (sugar galore) and Goldfish crackers. Some people think my obsession with training is unhealthy but I know how to listen to my body and they don’t spend everyday with me so I think they are too quick to judge. People on Twitter call me a hypocrite when they see me tweeting links to health and fitness related articles followed by a picture of a poutine. A salad may look prettier in pictures but a poutine does look disgustingly delicious!
- I take days off from the gym.
- If I really don’t feel like working on that day, I simply won’t work out. And that usually happens around Nov-Jan when I am super busy. I don’t use that as an excuse because I still make it to the gym (just not as often) but I use that time to recover since I workout pretty hard the rest of the year. No sweat.
- If I feel like eating something deemed unhealthy, I just do it.
- I don’t stress myself out with diets.
- Because I’m not trying to lose weight.
- I’m not always disciplined.
- I “cheat” often. And I don’t feel guilty because I know I stay balanced with exercise and healthy eating.
- There are days when I just have no energy or motivation to push hard at the gym. And I don’t.
- I do sometimes do long steady-state cardio for recovery.
- Or I just go to the gym so I can zone out on the bike, relieve stress and listen to my music.
- I love my body and am always satisfied when I look in the mirror.
I believe in balance and LIVING. We all have different body types, lifestyles, goals and different factors governing our lives so just because I’m doing something, doesn’t mean you should be doing the same thing— and that’s why I don’t really like writing about how to exercise and what to eat; only how to stay motivated. People take articles too seriously and don’t realize that one training method or diet may not be realistic for everyone.
Ever since I reached my goal weight years ago, my goal now is to maintain and of course, look good at the same time. It took me years to find out what works for me which resulted in love and pride for my body AND my life– no deprivation and guilt but only a whole lot of love and satisfaction.
If sacrificing time in other areas of your life to workout so you can look good AND eat more, then DO IT. If bikini competitions and dieting makes you happy, DO IT. If running marathons makes you happy, DO IT. If building mass makes you happy DO IT. Just because you are “doing too much cardio” or focusing too much on weights and can’t even run a 10k or not cutting out refined sugars and gluten from your diet like all “healthy people are expected to do.” WHO CARES. I’m guilty of the first and the last.
Well maybe we should care a little but in the end, we are responsible for our own health so if you want to make those changes do it for yourself. But who cares about those criticizers and know-it-alls says.
Find YOUR balance that makes you happy.