Treating yourself right is a 24/7 job that you will not do properly if you’re constantly giving yourself excuses. Consistency is the key to fitness.
That said, nobody’s perfect. It’s hard to stand by your lifestyle during certain events, while travelling, and around others. For example, it is hard for me to go to Subway with my husband and not get a sandwich while we are there, even if I know that I’ll enjoy my salad more anyway and feel better afterward. He has different health goals and different eating habits than I do, and I respect that.
It took me a couple of years of living healthy before I started experimenting with specific exercise, nutrition or wellness regimens like P90X or a gluten free diet – and I’m still figuring out what exactly works best. (I’ll talk about the importance of variety later on.)
During the holiday season I gave myself one meal each holiday to break all of my new eating habits. To my surprise, despite planning to pig out, I found that I still stuck to portion sizes for the most part just because I’ve now learned how to eat more slowly and stop when I feel full. The next day however, I ended up feeling a lot heavier and mentally cloudy. This reinforces my current eating habits because I’m much less likely to stray knowing I’ll feel worse the next day.
Special occasions are still special and parties are still fun, heck I enjoy them more knowing that I’m sticking to my beliefs and that I’ll feel good the next day. The bottom line is to figure out what works best for you and what you can maintain. Start by forming basic habits that will work for you rather than against you every single day.