Finding balance

Finding balance

Hello All. I hope this last week has been good. If you have been following my weekly blogs, I hope that they have been helpful for you.

Each week I have looked at different things such as goal planning, calorie deficits, and trying to eat well in a busy work environment. Today I’m looking at something less action based and more introspective. An observation piece I guess.

From the beginning of this journey I have been looking at how to adjust a healthy lifestyle. Whilst I have been making consistent and diligent efforts to introducing and maintaining these changes, I have to remind myself that a balance is almost, if not, more important.

Hear me out.

Week in and week out I have been diligent. I have prepared my meals. I have counted my calories. I have worked toward a deficit. I have tried to maintain a 6:1 routine (6 days deficit, 1 day surplus). I have been hitting the gym 3-4 times a week. I have been keeping the sessions focused and mainly weight training. I have seen myself become stronger and leaner.

However….I know myself. I know that I can become obsessive with something. I know that I can quite easily allow a fitness routine to take over my life.

Which is where I have my partner to thank for this. And my non-Hollywood life. Celebrities have months to get in shape and they eat and train all day. They don’t have conventional jobs to go to. They don’t have conventional living responsibilities like the rest of us. We have to juggle jobs and responsibilities all the time. We are own chefs, our own personal trainers. We have jobs to go to. And we are human. We need to eat, we need to sleep. And we need to balance.

This past week I attended a colleague’s leaving do. We went to a Chinese restaurant, so the strict eating rule book went out the window. I also spent a few days with my partner. We went for a walk around a beautiful lake, then went home and had home warm cooked food and finished a bottle of red wine between us. I had to stop myself on both occasions from being overly analytical of myself and reminded myself that these foods which I was eating were still beautiful, healthy and delicious.

I think that the key to making healthy lifestyle changes and maintaining said changes is to take a breath every now and again and relaxing and finding balance. It can’t be a calorie deficit every day – and that is ok. It can’t be a gym session every day – and that it is ok. It can be so easy to fall into a daily routine of gym, rice and chicken….but where is the fun in that? This type of routine will definitely give results…but it will also be incredibly boring and the likelihood of a person going off the rails on a binge is very likely.

I know that this weekend I am catching up with some friends, having a few beers and watching rugby. And that’s ok. This is ok because I know that come Monday, I will be back in the gym, sweating to rock music blasting in my earphones.

So I guess what I am trying to say is to try and find balance wherever it may be in your life. Have a lovely weekend. See a friend, take a walk, have a lovely meal, have a glass of wine…find your balance 😉

A bit about the author:I am a guy who is (nearly) 40, who is sharing a journey of weight management and wellbeing.I am also a mental health professional with a wealth of years of experience in supporting individuals who have challenging mental illnesses and personality disorders. Prior to my current professional role, I spent several years supporting members of the community as a fitness professional, assisting individuals with weight loss and health improvement programmes.I completed a PGDip in Mental Health Nursing in 2013, and an MSc in Advanced Practice in 2016 in which I looked at improving nurses’ level of engagement with patients with challenging personality disorders. In 2018 I successfully undertook a Clinical reasoning in Physical Assessments course with the view to start studying toward becoming an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in late 2019.In 2015 I also undertook a Mentorship for practice (BSc Hons) course and have been supporting future nurses with their training and development. I have also recently supported a Healthcare Assistant Staff toward training in and successfully passing and achieving a Foundation Degree in Mental Health Nursing.In my current role I am a person looking to support the physical and mental health and wellbeing of the individual. As part of my role within the health services in supporting individuals with mental health care needs, I am also currently looking to develop myself as a Wellness Coach, to support the individual with weekly wellness blogs, with the view to support individuals on a 1:1 basis as well as holding motivational lectures and seminars. 

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