You don’t have to be Perfect
No one is perfect, we all know it but in today’s world it sure seems some people are close. Social media allows us to create unrealistic perfect images of others we idolize. Maybe you even do that yourself when the truth is, we all fall short in our own areas. Over the last 5 years I have had a roller coaster of weight differences. I went from 185 up to 227 lbs. when I was the biggest. When I started that weight loss it seemed like I was trying to free climb a mountain with no training. I constantly felt the need to be perfect in my meals, workouts, and alcohol intake. I found myself getting frustrated and quitting time after time. Finally, one of friends pulled me aside and said that my unrealistic vision of being perfect was getting into the way of my progress. When I started focusing on my daily progress and creating a lifestyle was when I finally started being successful. Not only that I started enjoying life more rather than seeing it as a stressful burden. Now I’m back down in the low 180s but still need struggle with consistency.
Bars, alcohol, and partying is also one of those perfection struggles with me. The #1 road block for me hitting my career and fitness goals is alcohol. I think most people know that, I know it too. Do I have an absolute blast when I go out with friends? Absolutely. But I also know it’s sure hard to be on your A game for 8 hours with a headache on Friday. I find myself going on these huge no drinking, then drinking swings which isn’t healthy. Why? I feel like I have to be perfect in that area, and it’s a struggle. Going back to focusing on daily progress, and exercising more of a healthy lifestyle is where I see the most progress. Sometimes we all need to hear it: you don’t have to be perfect. Everyone deserves a cheat meal every now and then. Focus on progress, not perfection and take that burden off your shoulders.
“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” 1 John 2:1