One of the questions I am most often asked is how I prioritize fitness and wellness in my life, especially in the NYC culture of working long hours, amazing dinners out, and cocktails galore on the weekends (and some weeknights). Interestingly enough, at this point in my journey I no longer feel that I need to prioritize fitness and wellness into my lifestyle, as it has become such an ingrained part of me that it is now habit. I find that I have prioritized this aspect of my life so much that I sometimes worry that I am sacrificing important moments and occasions in life, solely to stay on track with my fitness and wellness goals. So instead, I now find that I need to prioritize moments and occasions, and am forcing myself to learn to say “ok, I can skip this workout today in order to have x experience,” or “these tater tots and milkshake are totally worth it in order to truly live in and enjoy this moment.”
This past weekend I had a plan (as I always do). I planned to wake up early Saturday morning, get my sweat sesh in at the gym, head to Whole Foods, and spend the remainder of the day meal prepping for the coming work week and working on some killer content for all you babes. Friday night, however, I was given the opportunity to take a last minute trip to visit some family who I had not seen in way too long and whom I felt would really appreciate the visit. My first instinct was to turn down this opportunity. After all, I needed my Saturday to workout, grocery shop, and meal prep, things that were essential for eating the way I wanted to for the coming week (and I knew I would have zero time on Sunday for these tasks). But I stopped myself and really thought how I would feel at the end of the weekend, knowing that I had turned down this invitation. Although I would have all my meals ready to go and a fridge stocked with all my favorite drinks and snacks, I knew that I would feel like something was missing and in this specific instance my own health and wellness didn’t need to be my end all and be all priority.
So yes, I believe in prioritizing health, fitness and wellness in our lives. But I am finally learning to understand that prioritizing health and wellness should not mean sacrificing the moments and special occasions that give life its true meaning. So I am going to make a real conscious effort to live my best and healthiest life, but also make sure that my attempts to live a fit and healthy life don’t interfere with actually living my life and actually being present for the moments in life that count the most.
P.S.: For those of you wondering, the trip was absolutely worth it and my heart is so full after getting to spend a day with family when it mattered most. And for those of you questioning whether this day included tater tots and milkshakes, it most definitely did (black & white shakes if you were curious) and there is no way I will regret enjoying every last bite and every last drop.