Hey It’s OK…

My favorite magazine column is Glamour‘s “Hey It’s OK.” It’s a cute, one-page column, and senior year of college I literally wallpapered my bedroom with pages that I had ripped out from the magazine.

The point of the column is to make you NOT feel guilty about certain thing, like life’s indulgences.

Examples, you say?

Hey It’s OK…

…to pretend to text message to get out of talking with that hyper-chatty person standing next to you. It’s called communi-faking, and we all do it.

…to start your to-do list with a task you’ve already done. (Guilty as charged—always.)

…to begin thinking about lunch at 9:35 A.M.

…to still love those zero-spending weekends at your parents’ house.

So those are just a few of the magazine’s great examples. But I’m thinking that I want to create my own little “Hey It’s OK” list. What do you think?

Lately I’ve been pretty hard on myself, and it’s been taking its toll not only on my own mind and body, but also on the people around me.

ABS and I got into a long discussion about my perfectionist habits on Sunday and we both agreed that I could stand to ease up a bit—for both our sakes.

For the past few months, I’ve convinced myself that I need to eat better, work out more, be more productive at work, meet more people, go on more trips, save more money, make more money, wake up earlier, run further, run faster, go to bed earlier…ohmygosh just writing it all out is exhausting.

So operation “Chill the heck out” is in full effect now. And along with that will come my attempt at living a guilt-free life.

Extra helpings of Mom’s Death by Chocolate? Don’t mind if I do.

A rest day from the gym? If that’s what my body wants.

Sleeping in on the weekends? Welp, haven’t done that one in a while so sure, why not?

Whew. Stay tuned for my progress…

On that note, I went to BodyArt after work today. Felt so good to stretch out my incredibly sore muscles. I love those classes.

And “Glee” tonight was great. I smiled the whole time.

Not a bad day, my friends. Not a bad day.

DISCUSS, POR FAVOR: Are you hard on yourself? Got any advice for how to ease up on the self-criticism?



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  1. I am SUPER hard on myself…but I have actually noticed that since starting to blog I am less hard on myself about food/exercise. School (grades)/ will eventually be the death of me. 🙂 But in all seriousness, I totally agree with you. We need to step back and just breaaaaathhhhheeeeeeeee sometimes! That’s why I always taken an off day, sometimes two. If I’m too tired to get up…like legit too tired, I’ll let myself sleep in. I just need to get over it!

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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