A new year is upon us, and you can’t throw a parmesan cheese shaker without hitting someone engaged in some type of resolution activity.
Some people mock this behavior mercilessly, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Believe it or not, I’m a fitness professional: a Level 2 CrossFit trainer and soon-to-be certified nutrition coach. Healthy living is my business.
“How can that be?”, you may ask. “You profess that ‘Pizza is Life’, when you should be extolling the virtues of kale smoothies and plain, baked chicken breast.”
Well, I’m also human. And humans need to enjoy life.
Just like the proper balance of ingredients makes a perfect pizza, that same principle of balance can be applied to life in general.
Is pizza health food? Of course not. But if allowing yourself the occasional indulgence of a piping hot slice keeps other portions of your life on the straight and narrow, how can that be a bad thing?
The core of what I do for a living is helping people identify and realize whatever it is that will make them stronger, healthier, and happier.
And a huge part of that is guiding them in a lifestyle that is sustainable for the long-term. Insisting upon complete abstinence from the things that make them feel human is a sure fire recipe for misery and failure. It’s a goal-setting nonstarter.
So, by all means, keep crushing those resolutions. Be strong. Dedicate yourself to healthy behaviors. Embrace changes that lead to a better life.
Just remember to allow some space for a little humanity, for whatever it is that brings joy to an otherwise disciplined life.