The ever elusive state between smashing your workouts and eating healthy with enough consistency to reach your health and fitness goals, whilst still not overthinking, over planning or missing out on life along the way.
Disclaimer - if you are not in shape this post is not for you and not just another excuse to add to your list of why your not making it. If your not there keep working, throw out your excuses and there is no such thing as being too consistent, too planned or missing out 👊. For most this ‘balanced’ state is so hard to reach. Ex competitors get fat as they are unable to make good choices without the constraints of a prep plan. Some stay potentially too strict at the cost of mental health and well being. Others freak out at the thought of missing a day or heaven forbid 2 days of training in a row.
I know from personal experience I’ve had massive issues with an eating disorder post competing in 2015. It took me 2 years to safely say I’m 95% past that.
I missed less than 10 days of training (I.e I trained 355 days a year) in 2015 and 2016. And training hard, putting my body through hell, not just turning up to tick the box. Revolving my whole day around that hour and a bit to achieve the best possible outcome.
I loved it or so I thought, But balance was non - existent and it took a toll on all aspects of my life. Fast forward 2 Years to present and now after injuries, work and family commitments I no longer have the love for killing myself in the gym and measuring every peice of Boring food that enters my mouth.
I just simply do not have the drive or the discipline that I once did. But the message to this post is.... THAT IS OK!! I know I could be better, it’s just not as important to me anymore and I have other priorities.
My blood results and health are spot on.
My mental health is as good as it’s been.
I havnt followed a diet this year and havnt tracked calories in nearly two.
I’ve trained between 2 and 6 days a week this year. Sometimes twice a day, sometimes 4 days in a row off.