"Healthy living is a LIFESTYLE, it doesn't stop when you reach your goals."
The reason I mention this is because I'm asked a lot about what I think of x,y, or z diet, pill, cleanse etc. I don't know much of anything about any of it, and maybe that's because I'm closed minded to even researching them because in my heart of hearts I personally believe in the process of working out and eating healthy, well-balanced meals. In no way am I judging or condemning anyone who chooses any other way but when confronted with the "what's your secret" question I only ever have one answer. I put in the hard work and THAT's how I got to where I am today.
I believe in balance and sustainability. I'm not saying I'm perfect AT ALL, as I'm still learning to find my balance. Like life itself, balance will be ever changing, it will never be static, and if it is, then you're not changing and growing. Your balance will always shift and change when you're on this journey and that's part of the beauty of it - especially when you have so many people to share it with and learn from, like I do. When you're making a lifestyle change, which is exactly what this is for me - not a fad or a quick fix - it has to be sustainable. If you go to the extreme and don't allow for concessions, cheats, treats, missed days, weeks off, vacations, what-have-you, you're surely going to face some challenges down the road. This HAS to be sustainable. I firmly believe that sustainability = success, at least if you're planning on maintaining the changes that you're making! Finding a balance that works with your schedule, your family, your values, beliefs, and desires, is what's going to help you achieve success in this journey!