I came across a comment earlier today while checking out a few Youtube videos. One comment in particular jumped out at me and made me wonder: “Is it possible to ‘cheat’ on a lifestyle change?”
What exactly does that mean? For me, making lifestyle changes isn’t a journey to perfection, but a journey of understanding and gradually improving. It encompasses your failures and your success. It’s trial and error and trying to figure out what works for YOU. You cheat on diets because you deviated from a PLAN, but when it comes to lifestyle changes, we should be LIVING and not beating ourselves up for simply being human. Our perceptions of who we are and the world we live in changes as we get older and go through various experiences. Sometimes we forget that life isn’t just about calories and right or wrong or good or bad. I have found that it is when I learn to accept, forgive, and to let go of my mistakes and understand that life isn’t a straight path, that is when I excel. I have many plans and have written them down for the world to see, but what I’ve learned about life in all of my 30 years of living thus far is that if you’re making plans on how to live life and how to avoid mistakes throughout the process, then you’ve already made a mistake. Perfection is an illusion. Pushing beyond self-deprecation is a journey!