I like to think of life as a marathon, not a sprint. In other words, when it comes to eating and exercising, it’s more important to be consistent in choosing mostly healthy foods and sticking to my exercise routine as much as possible. However, there will always be things that come up to prevent me from doing what I want to do – i.e. banquets, dinner parties, vacations, etc. For me, I think of the “80/20” rule, which is that I try to eat right and exercise 80% of the time and allow some “wiggle room” for those other things that are just part of life. Incidentally, this is one of the reasons I’ve never tried to get into figure competitions, because I feel like part of being healthy is to enjoy life, food, friends, etc. without super strict rules. It’s also why I don’t believe in following a “canned diet”. Sometimes you can be so strict with your eating/exercising routine that you miss out on other things that make life full and enjoyable. Life is a delicate balancing act – I believe the key is moderation in all things. Occasionally, it might actually be a healthy thing to enjoy an ice-cream cone after dinner with your family… these are what make happy memories. Just don’t do it every night, and don’t eat too much. Life is a gift to be enjoyed, so don’t live every day stressing over trying to be perfect. Seek to be as consistent as you can with your eating and exercise, but make sure you enjoy your life and your relationships with friends and family along the way.