Sometimes I feel bad that I don’t spend hours in the gym
Sometimes I feel bad when my meal isn’t chalk full of veggies
Sometimes I feel bad that I eat dessert after dinner
Or that I don’t always get 10,000 steps a day in
Or that someone else’s breakfast is the size of one of my snacks
Or that I’m not the thinnest person around
It’s easy to fall into these comparisons. We see people running 10 miles then finishing with leg day and eating 3 meals full of all veggies with no snacking in between. We see people who never enjoy a little sugar or never take a rest day. People who eat a little piece of toast for breakfast while you’re eating an omelet with toast, fruit, and sippin on some coffee. People who spend hours in the gym and have the most perfectly toned stomachs. People who eat 100% clean and workout 6 days a week. And we begin to feel as though we have to live our lives like that too.
It’s easy to feel like we’re not good enough, like were not doing enough. It’s easy to feel like we need to workout more, eat nothing but veggies, never enjoy a cookie once in a while, and be “skinnier”.
Let me tell you something – comparisons are simply mind games. That’s all they are.
It’s okay if 30 minutes in the gym 4 days a week is enough for you. It’s okay if all of your meals aren’t vegetables. It’s okay to eat dessert, or to snack during the day. It’s okay to have a lazy day here and there. It’s okay to eat whatever YOU want.
Just because somebody else spends two hours in the gym each day, doesn’t mean you have to. If you want a peanut butter and banana sandwich for lunch, have the sandwich! Just because somebody else is eating a salad full of all the veggies doesn’t mean you have to. If you want to sleep in and skip the gym, do it! Just because somebody else is waking up at 5 am to get that workout in, doesn’t mean you have to. If you really want that cookie, eat that cookie. Just because somebody else never eats sugar and never enjoys dessert, doesn’t mean it has to be the same for you.
It’s all about being the healthiest YOU that you can be – and it’s not all about food and working out.
Happiness is part of health too.
If you enjoy working out, running 10 miles a day and finishing with leg day, go for it! If you enjoy eating all veggies, that’s great.. do it! There’s a difference between actually wanting to do something, and doing something just because you see that everyone else is doing it.
It’s easy, when we see people on Instagram with the fruitless smoothies and the bowls loaded of veggies, to feel bad about having a little sugar. It’s easy when we see people post their workouts, to feel bad about not doing enough in the gym.
Health is not the same for everyone. Health to you could be eating cookies because they make you happy, but also eating veggies because they make you happy too. Health to you could be walking 30 minutes a day instead of going to the gym, because you like the way it makes you feel. Or eating dessert every night. Or going out with friends on the weekends and forgetting your normal routine. Or sleeping in till 11 am because your body needs the rest.
Just because you eat pizza sometimes doesn’t make you “unhealthy”. Just because you skip the gym sometimes doesn’t make you “unhealthy”. Just because every meal doesn’t have a veggie in it doesn’t make you “unhealthy”.
Don’t get my wrong, I love my veggies, I love working out, but there’s a place in my life for PIZZA and REST DAYS.
Don’t compare your journey with health to somebody else’s.
Do what makes YOU happy. Do what is right for YOU and YOUR body.
Stop letting others influence the way you live your day to day life.
You can eat cookies. You can eat veggies. You can eat pizza. You can eat fruit. You can workout for an hour. You can workout for 30 minutes. You can skip the gym and let your body rest.
At the end of the day, your health is YOUR health. It is up to you to decide how you’re going to live your healthiest life. A life that includes healthy foods and moving your body, but also includes going out with friends, eating dessert, resting, or whatever else makes you happy. Don’t get sucked into “I have to eat this way and workout this way”. Don’t forget that happiness is part of health.
So decide.. how do you feel healthiest. And go from there.