Tuesday, August 21, 2012

80/20...Life is about balance

I was reading Tina Reale's post this morning on her blog Best Body Fitness. Tina is an online trainer, and mastermind behind Best Body Bootcamp. Today she wrote about a night out with her husband that involved some indulging and it is what inspired me to share my own diet thoughts/beliefs.

Last night I was chatting with my Health Coach about a few things: life, my weight loss, my struggles, workouts, etc.

We were discussing my eating habits and if there was anything I would like to change about them.
I thought about it for a minute and realized there isn't.

I tend to follow an 80/20 lifestyle of eating clean/healthy.
Life is about balance, and I believe in the "everything in moderation" rule.
If I tell myself you will never eat carbs again, I will go home and eat an entire loaf of bread.
I am a rebel in that way, cannot be told what to do or when to do it.
Even if I am the one making the rules, I need to break them.

This past weekend Eddie and I had date night at our favorite bar.
Just me, him and football.
It was great.
When it came time to order food I had chips and guacamole.
Not exactly a well rounded meal, but it was what I wanted at the time.

Later in the night, after a few banana bread beers<---they are amazing.. I wanted something "bad" so I ordered buffalo onion rings.

Yep, I said it.
Buffalo onion rings.
100% unhealthy-100% delicious

I felt no guilt about them and I still don't.

I didn't feel my best Sunday morning due to my indulgences but I think its because my body is at a point where it just does not know how to process crap food.
It craves healthy foods because I have trained it that way over the past two years.

Dietary changes are difficult, but they are worth it.
If you have a bad night/week/month, it's okay. Do not dwell on it.

Weight loss/Healthy living is a marathon, not a sprint.
We'll get to the finish line when we are meant too.
 In the meantime, enjoy the view.


  1. I really appreciate you posting this, i agree with what you are talking about and believe greatly in the everything in moderation approach.

  2. I love your blog because you're real! Sometimes I just want that plate of french fries and a beer. It's worth it!

  3. im so glad that you agree with the complete life balance too! thats exactly how i roll! there's NO sense in completely restricting yourself or feeling guilty after enjoying something that's not 100% healthy. what a nasty, sad life that would be, right?! we work way to hard not to enjoy the little things here and there! any btw, banana bread beer?? what the heck?! hahaha. that sounds crazy!

  4. Trueeee true. I tend to be the same way. Eating "mostly" the way I think is best, but allowing room for things that I just want because they taste good. The important part, I think, is to make it a conscious decision.

  5. Isn't it freeing to not feel guilty because you know the overall balance is healthy? :)

  6. I NEED to know where one might find Buffalo Onion Rings. My mouth is watering at the thought...

  7. I agree with the fact that moderation in all things is the key! I also think just changing my mindset from NO don't eat that to how many veggies can I enjoy in my day made a difference

  8. I'm with you like a billion percent. I had nachos for dinner last night. not bad, but they were made up of leftovers from the previous night's Mexican food fiesta in my belly.

    Whatevs, I run and I'm not going to be on the cover of GQ anytime soon, so I have time to recover and burn it off.

  9. I believe in this for everything.in fitness healthy eating and LIFE.
    80 percent OTHERS 20 percent YOU YOU YOU focus really makes for a happy existence.
    DO unto others :-)