Maintaining a healthy routine can be exhausting. True, it gets easier the more you do it, but if you talk to anyone who follows a healthy lifestyle they will tell you they’ve had their fair share of struggles.
I know there’s all of this stuff on the internet (including me!) telling you to keep going and stay motivated yaddah yaddah yaddah, but the truth is, sometimes you just need a break. If eating healthy and exercising is taking over your life, you’re not doing yourself any favors.
There have been times where I spent 2 hours in the gym and I left thinking “I didn’t do enough” or “ I could’ve pushed myself more.” There have been times where I regretted eating too much FRUIT because they were carbs. You know what? That’s no way to live.
If you find that these kinds of things are consuming your whole life then it’s time to take a step back. We are dealing with a mental health component here. Health isn’t just about how fit you are or the foods you eat.
I see this often during plateaus. You’re not seeing changes, so you push yourself even further and it gets to a point where it’s not maintainable. This is when you know you need to give yourself a break. Maybe you just need to take a week off from the gym. Maybe eat intuitively for a week instead of tracking every macro you put in your mouth. It’s time to stay away from the scale and snap back to reality!
I know this can be a struggle because it’s hard to get back into a routine once you step away from it. But trust me, you didn’t become overweight or out of shape in a week; it took years of not eating right and not exercising, so taking a week off to mentally rejuvenate will not bring you back to square one.
I’m not saying that you should go on a week bender eating everything in sight and laying on the couch, I’m just telling you not to obsess about everything you eat or how many minutes you log on the treadmill. When healthy habits begin to feel like a chore you will being to resent the lifestyle and give up. If you take a break from things when you start to feel this way chances are you will actually start to miss exercising and miss how good you felt from eating healthy foods!
So to sum everything up, I’m telling you to give yourself a break. Obsessing about these things are just as unhealthy as not caring at all. Life happens and sometimes priorities change. You need to find a balance that is healthy for you and remember that mental health is important too!
Have you ever had an experience like this before?