Normally, I'm not one for motivational fitness Pinteresty 'work your butt off' pictures. I'm all for finding someone to look up to and something to strive for, but who wants to look at this random, skinny, sweaty girl on a picture berating them for some choice or another? They can be so demotivating, and (if you're anything like me, you might just make that bad choice out of spite).
This one was posted earlier this week by someone I consider extremely motivating! This person has put in so much effort to create her healthy lifestyle, and, like everyone I've ever coached, hits some bumps along the way. The quote on this motivational Pinteresty picture applies to everyone who is trying to get it together, get it back together, or just continue keeping it together!
We put so much pressure on ourselves to be the best. If MyFitnessPal saws you should eat 1200 calories, why not cap out at 900? Is the person next to us in our group fitness class beating us on step ups? We'll show them, even if it kills us! We need to work late at our extremely stressful jobs only to come home to clean a messy house and fix a perfect dinner. This kind of lifestyle pushes you deeper and deeper into the ground until you're buried under your stresses.
When do we say "enough is enough"?! When do we stop pushing ourselves to the very limits of our stress capacity and just say "I've done a great job today. Let's take a well-deserved break"? When will we accept that we don't have to be the absolute best in everything we do but just do the best that we can while still taking care of ourselves?
Our wellness is a perfect example of this mess we create for ourselves. We're trying to be better, eat better, exercise better, but we are so good about placing an unreal amount of stress on ourselves in the process. I'm not saying we shouldn't be striving for better health, but extreme stress isn't putting us on a path to increased wellness. Don't try to exercise until your limbs fall off. Don't beat yourself up if you forget to pack a healthy lunch one day. You're mental well-being us just as much part of your health as your nutrition and fitness!
How do we get ourselves out of this stress mess when we may not even see the burnout we are hurdling toward until it's too late?
So, realize you don't have to be the best in everything. You don't have to run the fastest or eat the cleanest. You just have to do what you can.