Do you guys read Gretchen Rubin?
She wrote the book (one among others) called The Happiness Project.
But before there was a book, there was a blog on Slate.
And if it isn’t already well documented, I’m a Slate-o-holic. Addicted. Big Time.
I used to read her blog religiously. I think she stopped writing the blog about the time the book was released.
I learned a lot of good lessons from her.
- Having a clean & orderly home space, and especially making your bed, contributes a lot to your overall happiness.
- The things you think might make you happy, like lying around and watching TV, probably detract from your happiness.
- Most decisions don’t require extensive research.
I could go on and on (Check out her Secrets of Adulthood – I swear by the truths on this list)
Anyway, as part of my return to intentional living, I was re-reading some of her wisdom and came across this:
“Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good”
She’s quoting Voltaire when she says this, but it’s one of her tips for happiness. And when I read it again this week, it made a whole lot of sense.
Especially when we’re talking about healthy eating.
Especially when we’re talking about exercising.
I used to be in the mindset of most dieters, where if I had one “bad” meal – my whole day/week/month/year would be ruined. It’s not ever going to be possible to eat like I believe is perfect all the time, but I don’t let it ruin what is now a consistent pattern of healthy eating for me. I have to constantly remind myself that I’m not striving for perfection, I’m striving for sustainable and balanced.
The same goes with exercise. I almost skipped my run yesterday. I was supposed to get up and start Week 5 of Couch to 5K Tuesday morning, but I had a late night Monday and really needed the extra sleep in the morning
After work I was exhausted from the lack of sleep and the work day and really, really didn’t feel like lacing up my sneakers. I was resigned to not running when I got a second wind around 8:30 p.m. I had two choices. I could do a slower run in the dark (I’m terrified of tripping/falling and my gym membership just ended!) or I could continue laying in bed and vow to get up early Wednesday and do the run.
I picked the first option. A slow and steady night run that turned out great. It wasn’t as long as it should have been. I wasn’t as fast as I should have been. But I did it, and I felt fantastic after. If I had let the fact that it wouldn’t be “perfect” get in my way of going out, I would have done nothing at all.
There are a million ways to work being healthy into your life, even if you’re not 100% perfect with it, 100% of the time.
Just a little nugget if wisdom for this wonderful Wednesday 🙂
Starting weight: 243
Last week: 166
This week: 164.5