Like most people, I love going out to eat. My husband and I have a tradition, every second Friday, we go out for lunch together. The kids are all in school in the afternoons, so the husband and I can spend some quality time together chatting over lunch. The other week, we went to a new pizza restaurant. At the end of the meal, we shared a big slice of the most divine chocolate cake with caramel sauce. As I was eating it, my husband asked me if I felt guilty eating the dessert…wondering if it was worth it because of the extra exercise it would take to work it off?!
I have to tell you…it was TOTALLY WORTH IT!!
Life is about choices. Yes, we want to be healthy, but we want to also feel comfortable in celebrating life with our loved ones. I don’t regret eating chocolate cake at all…not for a second. I’d totally do it again too.
My goal with my blog posts, my Facebook posts, my tweets, my groups…with everything…is to show people how to be healthy AND live fulfilling lives. I don’t want to perpetuate any thinking that you must have an “all or nothing” view of your health and fitness. Quite honestly, if you do, you’ve become a slave to your workouts. Not good. I don’t want to be a slave. I don’t want you to be one either.
If you workout and eat healthy on a regular basis…5-6 days per week, it is absolutely okay to enjoy yourself on date night with your spouse or celebrating a special occasion with your family. In fact, I give permission to my Drop a Dress Size Challengers to enjoy one cheat meal per week…and I give you permission to do so also. Life is meant to be enjoyed!
If you have been a slave to your health and fitness, I want to encourage you to take a closer look at why. Do you have a fear that if you relax, you will lose control? Are you addicted to your scale? I honestly don’t know your situation but with a little digging, you could discover the issue and free yourself. For example, if you fear losing control, enjoy a meal or dessert away from your house and don’t bring home a doggie bag. The next day, workout and eat well as usual. By the way, occasionally bumping up your calories like this will boost your metabolism! Or if you are a slave to your scale, ask someone in your house to hide it and bring it out weekly. I actually had to throw mine away when I fell into the pattern of weighing daily.
We each only have so long on this earth. We have limited days to spend with our loved ones. Yes, we absolutely want to extend that time by taking care of our bodies through health and fitness, but we also want to enjoy and celebrate special occasions without guilt.
Moderation is the key. Being excessive in any area of our lives isn’t useful. In the words of the wise, “too much of anything can be bad”…whether exercise or carrot cake.
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