I think we all can get way too caught up in doing things perfectly.
The perfect routine.
The perfect look.
The perfect body.
The perfect family.
Whatever it may be.
When I was younger, I looked outward for ideas on how to lose weight and feel good in my body. Here are some of the ideas I gathered from other people. yoga classes, magazines, social media etc. etc:
- gluten free
- sugar free
- no carbs after 5
- grain free
And as I list all of these, I am shoving a big hunking piece of bread with tons of butter in my mouth from my favorite bakery. Without an ounce of guilt. And truly, I've never felt better.
Here's the thing. You do you. Maybe some of these structures work really well for you. And kuddos to you if you have found what works.
But there are so many of us out there that I know these strict guidelines do not work for. Deep inside we really don't want diets and the outer world dictating how we should walk through our lives. And again if you're like so many others, you tell yourself you will follow these rules (you weren't really on board anyways), because you had high hopes, and then your inner rebel eventually goes, 'screw you' and you grab a bunch of ( insert whatever you were not suppose to eat ) and binge watch the Bachelor. Or you feel guilty indulging in one of your favorite foods and it takes away from actually being able to enjoy. Been there, done that, and it isn't a fun or freeing place.
BUT, what if we started to acknowledge what works for our unique person and go there. Most of the time anyway. Listen, bread and butter isn't my superpower food combo. I know that eating this every day for breakfast won't help me to feel my best and have the energy and mood I'm after. But, I love it. I love the taste, the freedom, and eating something that doesn't fit in a diet box. And so every week or twice a week or whatever it may be... when I really want it. I have it. AND, I enjoy every bite.
We all have a little rebel inside of us. And she wants to be heard, and loved, not suffocated. Throw her a bone every once in awhile (or cupcake ) and then move back to what you know is best to fuel your body the other 90% of the time. Make room for error or really better put ... make room for freedom and for fun and for enjoyment.
Now, I am not saying you should drink a whole milk latte if it hurts your stomach or do something throughly damaging or go against your intuition.
But I am saying, you don't have to be perfect.
You don't have to follow someone else's rules. This is your life and guess what?
You get to make your own.
So make your decisions unique and make them work for you. Even if they don't fit in someone else's box.
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Have a great week! Xo