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Day 19 - Perfect is a trap

Let’s get this out of the way.

There’s no such thing as perfect.

In fact, that’s part of what led me to approach health as a balance—thus, A Balanced You.

This isn’t an embrace of that “everything in moderation” crap, it’s an embrace of the steady but imperfect path that you’re going to travel along your journey.

It means that some weeks you’re going to work out like an animal and some weeks you’re not going to darken the doors of the gym because your kid is sick and you need to spend some extra cycles as a dad and animal mode has to wait till next week.

It means that some days your meals are going to be grass-fed this and organic that and some meals are going to be whatever the diner is serving on Hwy 66 at 9:00 at night.

And you’re going to eat that meal and realize that it’s one meal out of thousands and that life is still pretty fantastic.

I understand that food allergies require a whole different level of compliance from absolute with peanut and shellfish allergies to how important is not feeling miserable to you on the less severe side.

You have to figure this stuff out as you go along.

My hope for you is that you do it with the joy and the gratitude that comes from having a choice.

Whatever point you are along your health path you get to chose what to eat at your next meal.

You also get to decide how often you’re going to move and how you’re going to structure your workouts so that they support your health goals instead of hinder them.

But just as importantly when it’s your kid’s birthday, eat the damn cupcake!

And don’t beat yourself up and double your workout the next day. Just keep working your plan and continue on your journey.

If you’ve had a late night getting a work assignment done, I hope you’ll realize that getting some sleep is more important than making sure that you cram in your workout.

Sleep plays for keeps.

I want to help you figure out and pursue the healthiest version of yourself. And that includes having a healthy relationship with food, exercise, sleep, play, stress management, and community.

What I mean by a healthy relationship comes back to the balance stuff again.

You can be so maniacal about hitting your macros or your exercise goals that you forget about the other parts of your life, like sleep and play.

Getting healthy doesn’t have to be a joyless ass whip. It does require commitment and persistence, but it’s your journey, not your life sentence.


Today’s assignment is to make a sauce to go with your meal.  Here’s a link to some that I did on Fearless Cooking. The pesto goes great with just about anything and the artichokes and sundried tomatoes also delivers.

If you can manage it, let’s do a double session of the 7 minute workout and get in a good walk. 

And you’ve heard it before – make sure you’re getting your 7-8 hours of blissful sleep. 

Enjoy your journey!

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