I recently invited you guys to “ask me anything” and the answers to your questions will air on tomorrow’s podcast. One of the questions has been lingering on my mind & I wanted to take a minute to address it here.

“Here is another one, when you talk about an imperfect day, what does that look like? I really struggle with black and white thinking.”

Here’s my reality: every day is imperfect. And that’s great. I’m not striving for perfection.

I don’t wake up, ever, intending to create a perfect day. Perfection doesn’t work for me primarily because of what this question references – it’s too black and white.

If the goal is perfection, everything short of that is “off”. No thanks. I have no interest in that. None at all.

See, perfection isn’t required. You can get healthy without perfection. In fact, you’ll have a damn hard time reaching your goals if perfection is your standard. It’s just not realistic for most of us.

I strive for days that make me feel my best. Sometimes that’s enjoying a drink with someone I love. Sometimes that’s crushing my workout. Sometimes it’s an amazing fat loss friendly meal. Sometimes it’s all of the above. Sometimes it’s a cupcake.

Not only do I look for choices that make me feel my best, I value authenticity over perfection.

I’m not here to make you think I eat perfectly. I don’t. That’s not my goal.

I’m not looking to live a life without sugar or alcohol.

I am, however, looking to incorporate those things (sugar & alcohol) as well as fitness and clean eating, in ways that make me feel my very best.

I don’t have a gold standard I shoot for. I embrace every day as a blank slate full of opportunities to make myself feel amazing.

Part of today’s amazing day was a workout. I was pretty psyched to see a deadlift workout! I brought my A game and felt so proud of the way I moved through the workout. When I finished, I reflected on my 4th of July choices yesterday. Today’s workout wouldn’t have felt as good as it did if I had eaten the bread at the restaurant or had a bunch of drinks or got candy at the candy store. Go me!

“Wrestle Mania”
Deadlift – Heavy Set of 3

Then,

For Time:
15 Deadlifts (185/135)
30 Sit-ups
12 Deadlifts (185/135)
24 Sit-ups
9 Deadlifts (185/135)
18 Sit-ups
6 Deadlifts (185/135)
12 Sit-ups
3 Deadlifts (185/135)
6 Sit-ups

This workout flew by & set the stage for me to crush the rest of this day!

On the food front:

I got home laaaaaaate last night. Lack of sleep absolutely makes me more hungry and I’m not the only one. Even mild sleep deprivation for just one night can impact insulin sensitivity, impacting hunger & cravings.

I picked up an iced Americano on the way back from the gym & then devoured my chicken & broccoli over cauliflower rice from Paleo Power Meals.

I have a super busy rest of the week so I’m trying to keep my food choices on point so I have energy, focus & stamina. Plus, my birthday is next week and I plan to indulge a bit more than I normally would, which makes it easier to turn down snacks & treats this week.

Both lunch & dinner were cobb salads with chicken (no cheese). You might wonder if I get bored of eating the same things over and over – yes. And when I get bored, I switch it up. If you look back, you’ll notice that I go through cycles with food. I might have cabbage salads every day for a month and then not have them for 2 months after that. Right now I’m not bored with these cobb salads so I’ll keep eating them for as long as I really enjoy them!

Make it an excellent day!

PS: If you’re new to these posts, listen to this podcast episode to get the scoop on what changes I’m making in my life and you can start back at my first daily post here.