If your healthy life is not about YOU it will never be enjoyable.
Let’s take Sally as an example:
Sally wants to get healthy, she woke up one morning and was finally ready to reach her goals.
She searched around her kitchen for something healthy to eat, and found some oatmeal stashed in the back of her cupboard. Sheprepared plain oatmeal with water, and had half an orange. YAY FOR HEALTHY EATING!!
She heads to work/school, lunch comes around and she pulls out a rice cake with tomato slices and some cottage cheese. She’s feeling good! Two “healthy” meals in a row! Yay!!
After school/work she heads to the gym.
Hasn’t been to the gym in ever but looked around and saw some treadmills. She hasn’t run since grade school but figured “why not!” Runners look great! So she jumped on the treadmill and started sprinting, or what she thought was sprinting. Until this tall, thin, gorgeous girl who looks like she just finished a model shoot. Gets on the treadmill next to her and starts galloping like she is also a part time Olympic athlete! Sally doesn’t want to feel beat, and she wants to look like this girl….so she try’s her best to match her speed.
After a grueling amount of time she hobbles off the treadmill and heads to the free weights.
Sally has ZERO experience with weights, so she nonchalantly starts looking around to see what other people are doing. She gets a few ideas and remembers some things she saw on a Jillian Michael’s informercial. She gets working on her arms until they start to feel like they are about to fall off.
After a GREAT workout she drags herself back to her car and she is ready for dinner! She’s starving! Gets in the house and makes a giant salad with fresh greens, no dressing, and rice cake for crunch.
And she heads to bed. Sore. Tired. Hungry. and feeling “healthy”……
How long can Sally keep that up??
Not very long! Don’t be a Sally! Sally did what she thought healthy was. Eating plain things, and working out till you feel like dying.
Well while pushing yourself at the gym is important…it’s also important to make it about you and find fitness you can enjoy.
You also want to find a healthy eating style you can enjoy.
It sounds like you’re “living like Sally”, you’re doing all the things that you hear other people say are healthy….but you’re not making it about you!
I think you need to look at your healthy eating and figure out how to put a little more you in there. Healthy eating should be enjoyable, not a chore.