I was on the phone with a former client recently and we were talking about how she’s been consistent at the gym and with her healthy eating, but not really bringing her A game.
She didn’t feel good about it even though she certainly wasn’t totally slacking off either.
I actually congratulated her and told her that she found the answer to long-term health and fitness, and also, well, everything.
It turns out, when we bring our A game all the time, we have no room for improvement and teeter dangerously on burning out.
Life is a matter of balance, so when you swing high for too long, you inevitably swing low.
When your diet is completely clean, how can things improve when you want your body to change?
When you are crushing it at the gym day after day, where do you make adjustments to improve (and avoid injuries too)?
There is a lot of talk about balance in life, but there are so many messages encouraging us to crush every goal. To be at the top of your game. It can cause fear and feelings of guilt for not being on A game mode at all times.
Really though, life is a marathon and not a sprint. Sprints are meant to be brief. Then they come with long periods of rest and recovery.
Let’s take a closer look at how this applies to nutrition.
If I started every morning with a perfectly balanced green protein shake, salad with wild caught fish and olive oil and vinegar for lunch, and a 4oz grass-fed steak with sweet potato and steamed broccoli for dinner, I’m eating a near perfect diet.
Which is wonderful. But, what happens when my fitness efforts stall, when I want to shred up a little for a beach holiday, when I succumb to 2 slices of pizza and gain 5 pounds overnight?
There is simply no room for improvement in a perfect diet.
We hear a lot about the 80/20 rule in nutrition, which means we eat clean 80% of the time and indulge the other 20% of the time.
I have a different name for it: I call it my B game. 🙃