Anonymous said: Do you have any tips on staying balanced when it comes to healthy eating, regularly working out, etc.? In the past I've had a tendency to go the 'all or nothing' route, so I'm going for a more balanced approach.

I agree with you that it’s all about balance, not extreme diets or working out as if you’re training for a sporting event (unless you are actually training for an event). Forgiving yourself is the most important tip. Patience is key. Allow yourself to move on from “mistakes” or lapses in self control and judgement. Only when you forgive your own mistakes can you move on and continue to maintain the balance. Learn and keep going. Guilt can become a road block. Don’t let it! It’s all up to you. The second most important tip, especially for someone just starting out, is to remember that the moments when you least want to work out, or least want to choose a grilled chicken salad over a pizza slice are the most important moments. Gain strength through your moments of weakness. Think to yourself “THIS is what matters, right now.” All of those little moments add up to become a year of progress or a year of complacency. You can do this. It’s all up to you. 

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