What is a balanced lifestyle?


People often ask what a "balanced" lifestyle is for me. To be honest, I couldn't give a shit about my macros, my calories, the weight on the scale, how many days I've had off training this week or how many "cheat" meals I am allowed per week. 

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YES I coach women through specific macro measured nutrition plans to teach them how to determine where they SHOULD be. Because this is where I STARTED! 
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I taught myself to understand the right portions, types of food that respond well to my body type and to gain consistency in my daily life! 
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The goal for me is to teach these women to be able to go off with a good understanding of how much food they should be eating to fuel their bodies & what types of food they should be eating in order to live a lifestyle where they are not constantly on diet after diet and where a week away or a weekend of partying won't dramatically effect their mindset or the number on the scales. 
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There is nothing wrong with following precise macros long term, planning 1 big cheat meal a week or only having Sunday off training. BUT for me, my CHOICE is not to have to think about any of that! 
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Personally, precise macro tracking actually puts stress on me mentally, and creates a negative relationship toward food. I realised it was my best interest to take what I know from precise tracking, and applying in a way that I can maintain my dream body and keep a healthy lifestyle. 
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Planning is an important factor in being successful in your goals. For my nutrition, planning goes as far as consistent eating times and a rough guide of what macros to have when. No scales, no restrictions, I just eat what I feel like eating.
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For my training, planning goes as far as fitting in my program each week, but if I'm stressed, tired, in paid or not feeling it, then I simply don't train or I do a recovery session instead.
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Women often ask me what macro plan I follow in order to stay lean and always have abs! I don't stay my leanest 24/7 , I fluctuate between 1-3kg. When I am at my leanest, it's because I've had a good and intense week of training, and probably just had less of a social life that week, if I'm 2kg up a few weeks later then it goes hand in hand, probably more social outings and less time to train, BUT this is my BALANCE and this is ok for me! I'm comfortable and happy and know I can hold this lifestyle easily for the rest of my life! 
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Coming back to my post yesterday, health and fitness to me is about being happy! If you are truly happy right now, then you are living what I call a balanced lifestyle!

Alice Leemhuis