Balance, by definition, is a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions.
I like to think of myself as living proof. Don’t believe me? Try this tidbit on for size: I used to weigh 178lbs. In all honesty, I probably weighed more than that, but that was the number I was given the first time I allowed myself to step on the scale after putting myself through years of bad habits. Everything from food, to booze, to relationships, you name it – I wasn’t doing it right.
Did I give up everything in the name of fitness? Absolutely not. What I did was begin to make little tweaks here and there to help me find my balance. I emphasize the word “my” because even the tiniest differences between you and I can make all the difference in the world.
You see for me, wellness is just as much about my mental health as it is my physical health. Wellness is about finding my inner happiness and ridding my life of negativity and all of the many forms it presents itself. Wellness is about being selfish. Selfish with my time and how I spend it.
Exercising is a form of therapy for me. A release of sorts. This is the number one factor I contribute to maintaining my weight loss. Did I start working out because I wanted to shed pounds? Yes. But what I didn’t realize is how dependent my well-being would become on the activities I was implementing into my everyday life.
You can rest later, ya know. Speaking of rest, staying active has done wonders for my sleep schedule, which in turn helps me to balance stress levels. When ten o’clock rolls around, I’m usually fighting the heavy pull of my eyelids (proof of a day well spent).
I prefer to workout in the evenings, aside from the occasional 6:15 a.m. Bar Method class, because that’s what works for me. Maybe you feel more energized in the mornings – get up and get to it, girl! Some wise person once said, “If it’s important to you, you will find a way to make it happen. If it’s not, you will find an excuse.”
And as for those donuts…it’s no big secret that I have a slight infatuation and I’m fully aware just how many squats I’ll have to do, or how many stairs I’ll have to climb in order to burn off that sprinkled donut and I’m okay with that (for now). Que the buzzword: balance.
I’ve come a long way and I still have a long way to go. I want these photos to serve as a progress report – one that I can look back on in several months to see how far I’ve come. I say this with certainty because I’m ready to push myself harder because I deserve it.
This week marks the start of training for my fourth half marathon. I’m anxious to get back into a running routine after taking a few months off, even if this weather confines me to the dreadmill for the time being. Luckily, Shanley will be by my side to ensure that we rock that parkway like no one has ever rocked it before. I’m aiming to break two hours – eek!
What health/fitness/wellness endeavors have you set out to conquer? How do you find balance in the different areas of your life? I can’t think of a better way to kick off Motivational Monday (according to social media, it’s a thing) than with a healthy discussion. Get the party started down in the comments and don’t forget, I’ll be sharing my #halfmarathontraining updates on Twitter and Instagram if you care to follow along!