I love cupcakes.
I mean I really love cupcakes!
I have been known to get in the car & take day trips to another city if I hear they have a good place to get a cupcake. If I have a bad day, I want to console myself with a cupcake. If I have something to celebrate, then it is celebrated with a cupcake.
I love cupcakes.
So why am I telling you this on the GoodLife Fitness Blog?
It’s simple really. I like to have my (cup)cake & eat it too.
My previous posts have mostly been about eating healthy, working out & losing weight. But honestly, who can be perfect all the time? Who can eat lean protein, steamed veggies & whole grains day in & day out? No one I know.
We are all human, we crave treats. We reward ourselves for a job well done with an edible delight. We celebrate life’s many milestones by raising a glass. We can’t be perfect all the time.
It has been proven time and time again that anyone can restrict their calorie intake & increase the amount of calories they burn in order to lose weight rapidly, but that is not what I am about. That is not what GoodLife is about. You cannot live your life constantly focused on working out and watching what you eat. You need to relax every now & again and in enjoy it.
In my opinion, scheduling downtime is just as important as scheduling your work outs. A day without a workout will do 2 things for you. It will let your muscles recover & rebuild, and it will let your mind relax and get refreshed for your next work out. I personally cannot imagine going through this life, maintaining my weight and fitness, without having the occasional day of to relax and eat some ‘naughty’ food.
Really, it is all about Balance.
When I am training for a race, or working towards a goal, I never schedule more than 5 days a week of exercise. Of those 5 days, I tell myself that 3 of them are ‘non-negotiable’ and the other 2 are flexible. You need to account for the days that you just don’t feel like it, the days when your body is telling you no. And you have to learn to ‘forgive’ yourself when you miss a work out. You can always make up for it another day.
What kind of life would it be if you were living every day feeling guilty about something you ate, or missing a work out?
So you skipped Thursdays work out to go out for a drink with friends? Did you have fun? Good! Missing one workout isn’t going to derail your fitness goals! You went to a birthday party last night and had an extra slice of cake? I bet it tasted good. Now just add a little time to today’s work out to make up for it!
The point I am trying to make here is that you need to have some fun; you need to relax and have your treats. It is good for the mind, body & soul! As long as you’re still burning at least the same amount, of calories as you are consuming, there is nothing to worry about!
Now excuse me, I hear a cupcake calling my name!