Recently I've been thinking a lot about the difference between how I used to eat (ahem…yo-yo diet) versus how I eat now.

Let's face it, if you’re anything like type-A, perfectionist me, dieting can feel like a full-time job. When you decide you want to lose weight and you commit, you go into full-on research and destroy mode (or at least you think you have to) in order to get the results you want.

But then it happens (like it always does). You get burnt out and can't focus at work or keep up with responsibilities at home. So you give up.

"It's too hard. I can't do it. How does SHE do it? I'm just not good enough. I'll never get the body of my dreams."

This is exactly why super restrictive diets don't work for the long-term, because they're exhausting mentally and physically and oh, by the way, being on a lifelong diet is no way to live!

We tend to think it has to be all or nothing or else we're doing it wrong, don’t we? You and I both know... all or nothing usually ends up being nothing.

And with all that researching and worrying, we completely miss the secret...the "magic" that produces not only the body of our dreams, but also long-term maintenance of those results.

Consistency.

People that are successful in maintaining a healthy lifestyle for the long-term didn't do it by waking up one day and completely changing every aspect of how they eat, workout, and live.

They did it by making small changes, practicing those small changes daily until they were habits, then adding a few more, practicing, and so on.

For a long time, I had massive ebbs and flows in my healthy versus not-healthy behaviors. I would be really strict with my eating and workouts during the week and then on weekends I would eat anything and everything simply because the weekends were my "cheat days." Over time, those ebbs and flows have gotten less extreme.

These days, I am less strict with my food and fitness during the week but I also don't have a massive binge on the weekends anymore. I focus on nourishing my body with 90% whole food (meaning minimally processed, preservative-free) meals, 5-6 workouts a week that get me moving in ways that I enjoy and I don’t sweat the rest.

I still go out and eat and have cocktails, but the choices I make are way more deliberate and controlled.

As a result, being healthy and fit feels more… fun. It feels like something I GET to do, not something I HAVE to do. Sayonara cravings, binges, and dreadful workouts!

So, if you can relate to my obsessive, perfectionist tendencies (in this fast-paced success-driven culture, who can’t?) then my advice to you is this:

Be easier on yourself about all this. 

Relax and focus on nourishing your body the best you can because of how awesome your body is to you!

Practice better habits one meal, one workout, one choice at a time. That's what's going to get you there and what's going to give you the foundation you need to maintain your results for the long-term.

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