Health is all about the big picture, not a snapshot. This means that, as I have said, one bad day/meal won’t kill you, just like one good day/meal won’t cure you and deem you healthy.
Its about balance. It’s true you need to take it one day at a time, but you need to realize that just because you messed up, doesn’t mean you need to completely throw the towel in.
Life is short. You have to enjoy it. The stress and guilt that comes along with overindulging is far more detrimental to your wellbeing than the actual meal.
As for the balance of exercise… it doesn’t have to be at the gym, or a DVD. Anything active works. Move your body because you want to and because you love your body. Not because you think you should or because you hate your body. Body image is crucial to keeping your missteps at a minimum.
At the end of the day, you have to realize that your body was meant to be nourished and fed. Restricting yourself leads to nothing good. It will not make you happier. Often, restriction leads to a dark place for you and affects your relationship with others. This is why even the most dedicated fitness professionals have cheat meals – eating clean every meal, every day, is REALLY hard to sustain, and where is the fun in that? Make them your exception not your rule, and E N J O Y it.
I say this as someone who is the BIGGEST self critic. It’s just not sustainable to be 100% all day every day. And even if it was, what kind of ride through life is that?!
Nope, the magic is in the balance! 🙂