“Life is a balancing act. You need to keep your head up and your feet on the ground, while allowing your heart to go wherever it pleases.” -Unknown
If you’ve been following me on social media or read some of my blog posts, you’ll know that the past few months have I’ve been transitioning into a healthier and more balanced lifestyle. Let’s be real right now, it is NOT easy to have a life that is balanced between eating healthy, working out, spending time with family, hobbies, being social, sleeping, etc, etc. In fact it’s pretty dang hard! The #1 thing I’ve learned so far this year is ROUTINE. I have become quite religious with my schedule during the week and try hard not to stray off course. Working out and being healthy is important to me and I get frustrated with myself when I fall of course.
How do I make it all work?
Workouts: I train at my gym and do Les Mills workouts. They are awesome and you can make them as easy or as hard as you want. I challenge myself every time I’m there by bumping up my weights, taking the challenges, etc. Even if I only do 2 push-ups on my toes, whatever I do, I ensure it’s better than what I did the day before. I also have added in yoga 1-2 days per week. I am consistent and consistency keeps me accountable.
Eating: I eat 5x per day. Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner with 3 hours in between each meal. Each meal is balanced of protein, carb, and healthy fats and the amounts are based off a generated report which was given to me. On top of that, I try to eat organic things and foods which have transparent ingredients. I am still doing a lot of research on organic foods and science behind the foods we eat. If you’re interested in this as much as I am I’d recommend Kristin Cavallari’s book, Balancing in Heels. If anyone else has books or resources please send them my way!
Social: This part is somewhat hard for me because I am a self proclaimed homebody. I love traveling, being by myself, hanging out with friends but my family is so important to me I spend a lot of time with them or just hanging out at home. Most of my friends are in grad school or don’t live here and my best friend lives in Alabama. Since my younger sister (who I live with) turned 21 I will go out with her 1-2 days a week and I truly enjoy meeting new people and creating relationships with people outside of my normal realm.
Truly, it’s not about having the perfect balance, it’s about doing whats best and works for you. You find your own balance that pleases you and if you’re not pleased with it than find the missing piece. Change it up and then see where you’re at. Like we all know, life is not easy but once we find a balance and what makes us happy it gets a little easier. What works for you typically doesn’t work for someone else and we have to be mindful of the fact that we’re all different.
I put God first, I trust in Him and know that he has blessed my life even in the darkest days. I am grateful for everyday He gives me and the motivation and peace He instills in my heart.