This year I’m trying to make my life all about balance. As a yoga teacher you would think this is easy, but alas it isn’t always. I’m still a wife, a mother, a studio owner, a blogger and so much more on top of being a yoga teacher.
I’m a firm believer in the idea that there is no such thing as a “guilty pleasure” because if it’s a pleasure to you, you shouldn’t ever have to feel guilty…
Throw in trying to create my first yoga teacher training the same year I had a baby and somedays I may feel a little bit off balance. Hence this year it’s my main focus.
One of the things I did in the past few months that helped me stay on track and feel great (physically and emotionally) was hire a personal trainer. A friend of mine was finishing her certificate in personal training and asked for guinea pigs. As she has been a yoga teacher for 20 years, I said yes immediately. I knew her measure for torture and making me do one million abs would be high, but I also knew that I would always get savasana while she cuddled my baby for a few moments and I blissed out on the mat. It makes me feel like a total rockstar when I finish my workout and I’m dripping with sweat after challenging my body is some really fun ways.
During the holiday season I unintentionally took a break from working out. It didn’t happen on purpose and I had actually scheduled my trainer to come by during the Christmas week, but then the baby got sick and I went to NYC with my family and it was his first Christmas and I ate a lot of pie. It is a load of amazing excuses and each one of them was true, but what really happened when you boil it down is that I got busy and decided to rest my body for two weeks during the holidays.
Here’s the kicker: I lost weight!
You heard that correctly, I lost weight by eating more pie and not working out.
Let me backtrack and say that this is not something I recommend for your everyday life, but sometimes our minds and bodies need a break from routine and we certainly need to indulge. I’m a firm believer in the idea that there is no such thing as a “guilty pleasure” because if it’s a pleasure to you, you shouldn’t ever have to feel guilty or apologize. Cake and chocolate are amazing things, in small doses.
Personally I eat dessert. Sometimes I even eat it first! And there have been many dates where my husband and I “restaurant hopped” instead of bar hopped because french fries are more fun than beer.
Dessert and other pleasurable food items should be on your approved list of foods. As a lifetime Weight Watcher member I know how important it is to eat as a lifestyle. If you want the french fries, have a few. You don’t need to have the whole basket every night, but don’t deprive yourself. It makes you overeat in the long run.
Fad diets that measure your food in little Tupperwears are great, until you lose the blue one and choose a blue bowl in your home thats quadruple the size because you don’t know portions without the Tupperwear.
Instead of the latest fad diet or smoothie based nutrition program, grab a few chips or eat dessert on a Tuesday. Then schedule in your workout for the week ahead and continue on with your regular routine. Don’t let dessert derail you. Live your life and allow yourself to have fun every single day. Bring back pleasure. Bring back fun. And go on a restaurant hop sometime with a girlfriend.