If you don't get exercise guilt, lucky you!
I would say 90% of my friends feel some sort of guilt if they can't do their planned exercise for the day, and I am definitely at the top of this list. So why do we feel like this? I think it's a combination of a few things.
So as much as it looks crazy on the outside that someone can be so upset just because they missed going for a thirty minute run, on the inside it means so much more to them.
Now as I struggle through my day of being injured and not running (praying that my calf is fixed miraculously today), I am trying to direct my energy towards something that will benefit me in different ways, just without sweating so much. Oh... and maybe the odd workout that is adjusted to only using one leg!
This topic was inspired by someone saying to me the other day... "you're so lucky that you aren't tempted to eat anything bad"
Let's be clear here. I love food as much as the next person and would happily down a donut in 2.5 seconds flat, the difference is I choose not to. And making that choice is still as hard for me, as it is for anyone (that's why I cherish my treat once a week).
So what actually goes through my mind as I was past a bakery to stop me from walking in there? Two simple things:
Sorry everyone but in reality 'luck' has nothing to do with being healthy, that's just an excuse people make to feel better about being unhealthy. Everyone is responsible for their own choices and their own body, and whatever one you make you need to be at peace with.
I was reminded this week that everyone has their own struggles, and a lot of the time it's the people who you least expect who have had the toughest journey. I met a gorgeous young woman on Friday at an event who asked for a photo with me. She then proceeded to share her story with me which revolved around her being thin and on a strict diet for two years (competing in body sculpting competitions) and then resulted in her being too scared to eat when she decided to stake a break from it. This lead to her overeating and putting on weight, which progressed to eating disorders after there was so much pressure with people constantly asking her "what happened"? At 29 years old she is now at a healthy weight but through tears told me she struggles everyday still with her relationship with food.
Sadly, this is almost the norm now for society, not the outlier.
So next time you see a gorgeous healthy looking person in the gym, never judge on the outside, until you know what’s happened on the inside!