Finding balance is something that I have, and so many people struggle(d) with. There are people who go to the gym and stay on top of their nutrition because they feel like it’s a chore and they HAVE to do it, and there are people who go to the gym and do fitness things out of genuine love and passion. If you are someone who becomes obsessive when you are tracking your macros, when it comes to cardio, going to the gym, and you can’t NOT do it, you need to STOP. If you can’t go out to eat with friends and family without truly enjoying your experience, if you can’t handle rest days, if you don’t like the scale going up, then take a step back. It is so incredibly easy to get stuck on one end of the spectrum. Achieving your goals takes hard work, time and consistency. But, that does NOT mean pushing harder every minute of every day is what is sustainable/best. Sometimes taking a step back to recharge is the greatest thing you can do for your body and for your mental health. Have a burger if you want a burger, have a doughnut if you want a damn doughnut. Eating those things every once in a while is NOT going to set you back. In fact, it’ll most likely help you, and prevent you from becoming ravenous/too restrictive with food. Use those foods as fuel for your next workout. ♀️ Don’t start a fitness journey just to look better. Don’t do it just because you want validation from others. Do it for YOU, do it with intention, and do it with mindfulness and the desire to grow both mentally and physically. #ThinkAboutIt The mental part of it all has been my favorite lately. I started a cut on Monday because I have been eating in a surplus for a long time and it’s time for me to uncover all of the hard work I have put in. I am testing myself in a new way now. I am slowly lowering my caloric intake (adjusting my macros) each week, and I have started doing more cardio. I am still incorporating foods that I love eating, into my daily food intake while still keeping my goals in mind. If I were to have done a cut over a year ago, I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere to be completely honest. I wasn’t in the right mindset.
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