Something we all try to strive for, right? I’ve been told I’m unbalanced. Muscularly, that is. But do I think that I have my life in balance?
In 2013, I used the word balance as my word of the year – what I would focus on all year long. What did I find? There is no such thing as balance. I think life is a constant state of tipping the scales in whatever direction is most important in that moment. It then readjusts in the other direction as needed.
1. Support – If Ron did not support my crazy running habits, none of this would work. He knows that running is what I love and what makes me happy (and most importantly, sane). In turn, he never gives me any grief about running a 20 mile race that begins in the middle of the day that practically eats up a whole Sunday of family time. It’s important to me so he makes it work. And he keeps the kids entertained so no one even realizes I’m gone.
Oh, mama just ran a race? I’m too busy digging in the sand to notice.
2. Schedule workouts – I’m a big fan of routine schedules. I think it stems from when my twins were born. I was all about the schedule. Nothing messed up the schedule. Thankfully, I like to workout in the morning. Ron likes after work. Perfect! When I go to yoga class, it’s in the evening after Ron comes home from the gym. Of course, I would love to go to yoga earlier, but I know his workout is just as important as mine.
3. Prioritize – My daily to-do list is usually a mile long. With my job as a part time Clinical Exercise Physiologist, managing a blog, my coaching clients and picking up more freelance writing projects, I feel like there’s always something to do that I haven’t done or that needs to be done ASAP. Rather than feeling overwhelmed, I prioritize from most important to least on my list. For the most part it works, but I can’t say I never feel overwhelmed.
4. Simplify – I love to bake and make a lot of things homemade. But marathon training on top of everything else is leaving me exhausted. My meal planning for the week, in addition to food/snack prep, has been rather lackluster lately. We’ve been relying on freezer meals, eggs or a simple stir fry for dinner, Larabars, and more Stonyfield yogurt for snacks lately. We aren’t going hungry but we are still eating healthy.
5. Multitask – I stretch while I’m on the floor with my kids playing a game. I foam roll, do my core and PT exercises while watching TV at night. I clean the shower and stretch while taking a shower. What? I know I’m not the only one that does that!
6. Laugh – Seriously. Just laugh. I know I can’t do it all. But what can I do? I can laugh.
How do you find balance in your life?