Lets talk about the idea of balance and moderation with respect to how you live in terms of things like lifestyle, nutrition, fitness, and general health.
This is a strong topic as I feel way too many people live outside of what balance really is and make excuses for themselves as to why they cannot take a deep dive into figuring out what that balance may be.
The issue with balance and moderation is that it’s in the eye of the beholder. One person’s balance may be another’s de-rail.
Someone who has 5 drinks nightly may find that their “balance” is one a night, whereas someone who has one drink nightly may find their balance in once or twice a week.
Are both right or wrong? Not necessarily, but one will treat you better than the other and I think (hope) that we all know which one that is.
When someone comes to me and asks what they need to do to start seeing some serious results both in the gym and in their lives, the answer that is given is usually met with a blank stare.
Typically, any objections have to do with the timeline, or mention of having to ditch things like alcohol, or really having to cut out the bad shit that got them where they are in the first place.
Answers like “I can’t do that”, “I don’t have the time”, “that’s a lot of time”, “that’s not realistic”…The last one is my favorite, and the point of this little writing.
It may not be realistic, but it’s something that you HAVE to do right now to start seeing the results you want to see.
Here’s the kicker: Nearly every time, you have to live your life ABOVE balance to get a handle on what balance actually is.
If you want to change your relationship with your health and/or lifestyle there has got to be a time that it’s all you focus on. Living above the balance helps you to settle into something that is a little more reasonable and realistic long term.
Now, this can be done in a less strict manner with a more “moderation” approach but the issue with this is that we are a need-it-now type society.
From what I’ve seen, asking someone to reign it in typically leads to the attitude that a program isn’t working, or they aren’t seeing the results they want.
Why? Because moderation is usually a half assed attempt at controlling yourself.
There, I said it and now we can all get back to work.
If you are in a place of wanting to change and the task seems impossible then this is even more reason to jump in.
IT WILL BE LIFE CHANGING.
Living above balance WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE.
You will discover the areas that need more focus, you will start to see where things fit in better, you will start to learn what true moderation is and you’ll really start to love the new person that you’re becoming.