Release your expectation of perfection

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As I try to live a healthier lifestyle, I have built up an image in my head of myself and what that new lifestyle looks like.

I’m wearing my workout clothes and sipping on green juice. I’m running in my local neighbourhood for an hour non stop at a time. I’m effortlessly cruising around the supermarket with my healthy list and then prepping meals at home.

In reality, I haven’t got round to making green juice yet. I run for 20 minutes at a time. I prep lunches for work in advance but other than that, I don’t prep. I still eat chips when I am out with friends in restaurants and I will not be giving up chocolate ever.

But instead of being hard on myself, let’s focus on how far I have come. I now make a concerted effort to exercise 5 days a week, whether that’s by walking or running. My diet isn’t perfect but I eat a lot of veg and I have cut out sugary drinks. This time two years ago I couldn’t run for 30 seconds; now I can’t imagine it not being a part of my fitness routine.

While I’m here, let’s discuss some other imperfections of mine:

If there’s a chair or table leg nearby, I will bump into it. My knees are constantly bruised.

My home is quite cluttered with crochet projects and books. But I live in a real house, not a show home and I like to surround myself with things I love.

I hate putting laundry away after it’s washed and dried. It sits in my spare room for days.

You know what though? All of this is okay! What are your imperfections which you are okay with?

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