Sometimes being healthy is…

… getting up early to squeeze in a quick workout before a busy day

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… deciding to skip a workout because friends are getting together for a spur of the moment thing

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… meeting up with people a little late so you can get in a quick workout first OR choosing to do a workout together instead

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… spending hours meal prepping for the week

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… skipping meal prep to spend time with friends/family/significant other

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… going out for pizza and beers on a random Tuesday night

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… going for a long walk instead of the more intense workout you originally planned

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… trying something new

… taking a break for no other reason besides “I don’t feel like it”. In other words, “efff it!”

Just a little reminder that being healthy isn’t just about eating well and working out. There is so much more to being healthy than those things and sometimes the “unhealthy” option is the healthiest option you can choose (and I say “unhealthy” as a lack of better words- I don’t think any of these things are unhealthy when done in moderate amounts. Anything done in excess and to extreme is not good for you). We all tend to be too hard on ourselves, always wanting to push to do more and be better, but sometimes doing absolutely nothing is exactly what we really need.

Earlier this week I was just not feeling right. Normally I would push through it and workout, but this time I listened and told myself it was a better idea for me to go for a walk instead. I’m not always good at this, but I am really trying to improve because I know that adding wedding planning to an already busy day to day life is going to mean some things are going to have to take a back seat. Whether it be a workout or a blog post, there will absolutely be times when something has got to give. And that is totally OK.

So next time you’re faced with the question of what’s the “healthy” option- take a look at the surrounding influences- how your day has been, how your workouts have been lately, thinking about what you really want to do and then go with it. A day making the “less healthy” choice isn’t going to set you back and can be a really great thing.

Questions for you: When’s the last time you made a less-healthy decision that ended up being the healthiest decision for you at that time? When’s the last time you cut back on a workout or task in favor of something less stressful on the body?

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6 thoughts on “Sometimes being healthy is…

  1. Jen @nutcaseinpoint says:

    Answer: all the time. Except for yesterday when Wes woke up and I still had 7 minutes left of my workout. I quickly put him in his bouncy and continued to finish it, all while trying to talk to him calmly and soothe him until I could pick him up.

  2. Ellyn @ In Fitness and In Health says:

    LOVE this post! What a great one. I’m definitely guilty (except am I really?) of skipping workouts to hang with friends, or fitting in a workout and arriving late. One thing I try to do to keep myself sane is allow a few not-so-healthy foods in my diet to curb major cravings later. molten chocolate cake from Chili’s and Cadbury caramello bars are 2 major weaknesses, so I allow myself those treats every once in a while. 🙂

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