I am learning, after being on this journey of health and wellness for over four and half years that the line between diligence and obsession is extremely thin.  I have been extremely diligent in the pursuit of my goals and part of that diligence has included learning as much as I possibly could about health, wellness, proper eating, etc.  The problem with all of the “learning” has been information overload!  I take in so much information, and it all seems logical, so I have found myself for the last several months, at a loss for what I should be eating, how I should be exercising, and so on.  Should I be wheat free, vegan, vegetarian, low-carb, low-fat, eat a certain proportion of macro nutrients, or sugar-free?  Should I be getting 10,000 steps per day, lifting weights, going to yoga, or doing water aerobics?

I tend to have an all or nothing attitude so when I hear or read about something that I truly believe would be beneficial to my health, I have been feeling like I need to be ALL IN or forget it!!!!  What I am slowly learning is that even if I adopt a program, say plant-based eating, and I eat 80% plant-based and 20% “regular” food, I am still light years ahead of the type of eating that got me to 370 lbs.  If I only get in 6500 steps, but I do an hour and a half of hot yoga, I have still had a successful, active day.

The point to all of this is to say, please don’t allow your diligent pursuit of your health and wellness goals to cross that line into obsession like I have done over the last several months.  Don’t put yourself under the constant stress of worrying about every single bite you put in your mouth and whether or not it was the right choice.  Don’t drive yourself crazy trying to get in 10,000 steps per day and deem yourself a failure when you hit your goal 5 days per week instead of 7.  And whatever you do, please don’t fall into the trap of weighing yourself on a daily basis.  You will only drive yourself crazy as your weight fluctuates on a daily basis, for A LOT of different reasons.  Pick one day a week and make that your official weigh in day.  You will get a much more accurate reading by only weighing one time per week and you will save yourself the daily ups and downs of watching the number on the scale fluctuate.

Pursuing your health and wellness and becoming the best possible version of yourself should be a joyful experience, not a stressful, torturous one.  The most important thing is to listen closely to your own body as it will tell you which foods, which exercise, and how much of each are right for you.  Remember, when you are taking in information, what is right for one person, may not be right for you.  And if  the information starts leading to obsession, it’s time to disconnect and stop the intake.  Most of all, relax…you’ve got this!


  1. LOVE IT!! Sparkle on my precious friend! Great post!

  2. This is SO true, I’ve lived and experienced this myself. Being able to stand up for yourself and disconnect when things get too obsessive is so important. Keeping yourself in line with a good vibration is what will bring you the most abundance in life.

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