The Balance

*The group effort behind the photo. Thanks Becca and Carol*

"Oh my gosh I've eaten like three cookies today, I really shouldn't have a fourth."

"I just don't have time to workout."

Two very valid statements, but are usually dramatized. Most of the time you've probably only had one cookie and you think two would be WAY too much. And instead of having absolutely no time to workout you just don't feel like rearranging your day or cutting your "self-care" time. Now, I put self-care into these quotations because I think self-care is sometimes used as an excuse...sorry yes, I just called you out (and myself).

The other day I was thinking, "there is no reason that I should not be in the best shape of my life." Which, is so true. I don't have a full-time job, I don't have any kids, I'm 22-years-old and I'm starting from a good place. The only thing standing between me and being in MY best shape are my choices.

Am I being dramatic or self-centered by wanting to be in the BEST SHAPE OF MY LIFE? No. Can this be pursued in an extremely unhealthy way? YES!!!

And here is my counter. I'm 22-years-old and I'm working out to be in the best shape of my life. EAT TWO COOKIES...EAT THREE COOKIES...EAT THE DOUGH! I'm young and my metabolism is working just fine.

I'm baffled at all the women chasing two different outcomes with one common characteristic: an obsession with food. Some girls are hiding their hurts by hiding behind the wrapper and others are hiding their hurts by eating spinach when all they want is a pizza.

I think I might be chasing too many rabbits right now, but what I want girls to understand is that binge eating is bad...not eating is bad...over working out is bad and not working out is also bad.

There is a balance and we need to find it and we need to encourage other women to find it because being healthy is important. Mothers stop hinting at your daughters to eat more or less. Have the tough conversation, love them and WALK THE WALK. You're setting a standard and if you look at a brownie as if it's going to kill you then so will your daughter and if you're eating the entire batch then she will also follow. College-aged gals. Little ones are watching...your peers are watching! How you go about food and working out strongly affects how other women your age and younger ones view it.

Side note: Everyone struggles. You know how hard it is and you would never want others to go through it. Be an advocate!

Young girls. You need to understand what health is and what it is not. You need to understand that just because you look up to someone doesn't mean they are perfect in every way. They might not be healthy and that's okay, other people are not your standard! You also need to pursue health, not an image. Health is important and it looks different for everyone. HOW AWESOME!

Stop making excuses. Get healthy. Stay healthy.

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