Sunday, 7 August 2011

Change of Perspective

I had a marvellous holiday in Canada. After trying to "be good" for a couple of days I realised how boring I was being so I just got into the holiday spirit and indulged in anything I wanted. Many a Canadian was in awe at my disgustingly impressive food tolerance levels, which appear to grow with every alcoholic beverage consumed.

Suffice to say, when I returned home I felt like a blob. A very relaxed, refreshed and happy blob, but a blob nonetheless. The thought of a hardcore detox did cross my mind but honestly, I had been having so much fun whilst away and I realised that at home I'd been denying myself of a lot of the things I enjoy all in the name of being healthy. So a detox didn't appeal at all. In fact, I think there is a lot to be said for my mental and emotional well-being. It's like something clicked in my brain whilst I was away and instead of being racked with guilt about putting on a few pounds, doing very little exercise and eating my body weight in cake I just felt like it had all been a very worthwhile experience.

I decided that I what I needed to do was inject a bit of the old Egg into the new, healthier Egg. Being super healthy is one thing, but life enjoyment is a far more important one. Whilst I get a lot of enjoyment out of cycling, running, creating amazing salads and hitting the gym, I also get a lot of enjoyment out of whiskey, chocolate, socialising and partying. I am not saying I am going to start getting hammered every weekend, but perhaps just saying yes a bit more instead of "Ooh, no, better not, I'm training in the morning".

A lot of people have been telling me this for about a year and it's not that I wasn't listening, but sometimes you need to be in the right mental place to make a change for yourself. So whilst I've been banging on about trying to create a healthy, balanced lifestyle for ages I've finally figured out that balance is not just as simple as equalling your calories in with calories out but ensuring that every aspect of your life is getting a good dose of what it needs.

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