“Go ahead, take the summer off!”
Don’t you wish somebody would say that to you??? Like maybe your boss? No such luck, I’m afraid.
And I couldn’t in good conscience advise you to take the summer off from healthy eating and exercise. After all, we’re coming up on the halfway mark for the “100 days of awesome!” and you can’t achieve awesome if you don’t do the work.
I am, however, suggesting that you take the summer off from some of the behaviors we get sucked into when we aren’t 100% where we want to be.
Maybe it’s negative self-talk:
“Oh, you did NOT have a second helping of potato salad, did you???””
Or maybe it’s beating yourself up when you don’t like the number on the scale:
“Gah, up by three pounds?!? It can’t be! I’ve been doing everything right.”
When we’re not happy with where we are we can be really hard on ourselves. This is when our internal drill sergeant starts blowing his whistle and yelling at us to drop and give him fifty. While it may seem like a good idea to hunker down, redouble our efforts and try harder, sometimes the answer is that instead, we need to back off a little bit.
It may sound counterintuitive, but softening into change may be a healthier, more holistic approach than running at it, ready to wage war.
The good news is that, though the urge to see progress may seem immediate, we have our whole lives to get this right. Give yourself all the time and space that you need to get better. Or at least, take the summer.
Have a happy, healthy week!
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