Fitness Rules – Making ‘Em and Breaking ‘Em

Real talk – this week was weird for me. If I wasn’t feeling sick, I was feeling like there just weren’t enough hours in the day to do everything I usually do. Work out, work, cook, clean, socialize, etc. I couldn’t fit it all in!

And on Monday, you know what I did?

I skipped the gym.

That might not seem like a big deal, but to me it really was. In the last 3 years, I have never gone 2 days in a row without doing a workout.

Let me say that again … I physically and mentally would not allow myself to skip two days in a row.

Is that not kind of crazy?!

tina fey tells you to cool it

It was one of those rules I had engrained in my head – “Never miss two workouts in a row.” Right, because obviously if I decide that I need to catch up on laundry and cleaning after a busy weekend, my fitness goals will be totally derailed forever.

Lately, I’ve been calling to mind all of those “rules” I’ve created for myself. And this week, I decided to see how it felt to break them.

  1. Don’t eat past 9 PM. Because anything you consume after 9:01 PM goes directly to your ass. Clearly.
  2. No carbs for dinner. Exceppppt some days all you want is a warm bowl of oatmeal or cold bowl of cereal for dinner (hey, I’m single, I do what I want).
  3. Don’t eat meat two days in row. I have no idea when or why I made this a rule for myself, but I did. But this week, I had chicken on Monday and pork on Tuesday. Scandalous!
  4. Never skip two workouts in a row. Some days going directly to the gym after work, getting home at 8, having your laundry pile up, and having no food cooked for the week just sounds like the worst thing ever.
  5. Certain foods are banned. Potatoes, maple syrup, rice. All the devil.

I could go on.

Why do we create these rules for ourselves? Why do we add unnecessary stress to our already-kinda-hectic lives? I love living a healthy lifestyle and I never want to let myself slip out of it. But I do believe there comes a point where trying to be healthy becomes unhealthy. We shouldn’t let that happen, either!

I have to be honest and say that I still follow these guidelines a majority of the time. After all, they have worked well for me in feeling my best. However, I’m working on cutting myself some slack.

We have to remember that food and fitness isn’t about guilt. Working out is not about pushing your body to the point of wearing down. Eating healthy is not about depriving yourself of your favorite indulgences. It’s about feeling good and fueling your body to be at its best.


I’m far from perfect, but I’m working on achieving balance. So far, I’ve found that balance is pretty darn liberating. And delicious. : )

Cheers to the weekend!


Your Turn-

  • Do you have certain fitness “rules” you’ve set for yourself? Do you ever break them?
  • I’d love to hear your thoughts on all this! : )

15 thoughts on “Fitness Rules – Making ‘Em and Breaking ‘Em

  1. I am so glad you posted this! I have been working on getting rid of all these “rules” because seriously our bodies don’t know what time it is…they are just hungry!! I used to have all sorts of them like eat my veggies first before my protein, always end my workouts with 10 burpees, etc. They were turning into unhealthy habits so I am glad I managed to stop them.
    Have a great weekend! 🙂


    • That’s so great to hear, Elsie. I think so many girls (and guys) probably feel this way sometimes. We just want to be healthy, but like you said, sometimes they can turn unhealthy. Thanks for commenting! Have a great weekend! 🙂


    • Thanks so much for commenting, and for hosting, Jill! My blog, like my journey, is a work in progress. 🙂 And I actually read that post already today — so much of it rang true. Thank you for being an inspiration! I look forward to following you, and to linking up in the future.

      Have a great weekend, as well. : )


    • Thanks, Emily! These habits are hard to break, aren’t they? Like you, I was training for races and stuff for so long… it feels good to meet your goals. And as a Type A Personality (haha), it’s soo hard to cut yourself some slack.


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  4. Great post. I’ve, um, been totally skipping workouts, eating food I don’t normally eat and drinking way too much. And you know what? I haven’t gained a pound (actually lost two) and still feel okay (minus my hangover yesterday lol). SO YOU AREN’T ALONE. I know I’ll get back in the grove eventually… and appreciate it even more.


  5. Ugh so many feels! First of all, congrats on breaking your own rules!
    Totally agree that sometimes rules help to maintain consistency and form good habits, but I’m all for breaking them when it means listening to what your body is telling you.
    I used to have a LOT of rules, which seem so arbitrary to me now.
    Great post Em 🙂


    • Thanks, Georgie! Exactly — you have to keep yourself accountable, but you also have to cut yourself some slack too. I think that’s what they call … “balance?” … not really sure if that’s a word in my vocabulary quite yet 😉 haha. Thanks for commenting!


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