Good morning everyone! Happy Monday and I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! I know I sure did with my girls weekend and I’ll recap that in a moment, but first I want to talk about something that’s been on my mind since my update on my Getting Ready page – balance. From fitness magazines, to diet books, to healthy living blogs, to health expert recommendations, the one topic and catch phrase that is always discussed is – balance. When choosing to lose weight, balance is discussed to avoid deprivation through under eating, to avoid burn out and injury through over exercising, and to avoid a lack of energy and motivation from putting your body through all these changes.
My journey will always be a work in progress, I am not perfect, but I continue to forge on a path towards healthy living and achieving balance in all areas of my life. Although I have to admit, one area of my life that has been difficult for me to achieve balance in is – exercise. Fitness is my passion. I love it so much that I became a certified Spinning and Group Power instructor…and my Fitness page proves that I indeed love to exercise. However, as my lab results indicated, my body and my hormones are not happy with this amount/intensity of exercise and I have to make a change. Now is the time to achieve balance in that one area of my life and I am now ready more than ever to do it.
Since my version of a “normal” weekly exercise routine for me is a bit skewed, I talked with my family for their input in coming up with a exercise routine to lessen the intensity of my workouts, the duration, and getting adequate rest days. Per week will be a maximum of 2-3 spin classes, 2 rest days, and the other 2 days will be no more than 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of strength training. Getting my body healthy for myself, my hubby, and our future family is the most important thing for me right now, and if I’m going to do this and succeed, then I will do it the right way right from the very beginning.
So with that being said, today I started my day off with…sleep! Yes, sleep. No early morning work out, no 5am alarm beeping, no rushing around…and boy did it feel good. I think I’m going to like this sleeping in a lil too much 😉
I’m happy to have this lil blog here to share this all with you and have your support along the way. It will keep me accountable, motivated, and succeeding towards my goal in living a healthy, good life…all in the quest to achieving balance 🙂
It’s beautiful outside today so I started my day with a smoothie. Speaking of breakfast…I always seem to blog this but rarely ever my other meals. I’ve been going back and forth as to whether or not I want blog about it since my blog isn’t necessarily a “food” blog. But I think it would be a fun component to show you all what I eat, especially since I’m still forging on my Creature of Habit challenge, and to be sure I’m getting enough nutrients for our Getting Ready… journey. Granted I’m not going to post every single morsel that touches my lips, but I would like to show you all my breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. I’m still getting into the swing of taking pictures of my meals before scarfing my food down (it’s not second nature to me quite yet), but I think it will be fun and you all will have more than one post from me to read a day 🙂
Not the most appetizing looking smoothie, but I assure you it was a good one!
1 1/2 cups Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 frozen banana
1 tsp. xanthan gum
1 handful spinach
1 handful of Peanut Butter puffins, for crunch factor 😉
My girl’s weekend with my mom and sister was such a blast!
It first started with a sweaty spin class and my official workout buddy/best friend/sister joined me. It was so fun having her with me in class…it was just like old times… 😉
I then had to stock up on some essentials…toilet paper, paper towels, etc…so Target it was!
And I felt like a giddy school girl when I came across the infamous Champion Empire Waist exercise top that I’ve been seeing all around the blog world…
After all this running around, our bellies were a rumbling!! And I’m sure it comes to no surprise that salad beasts and fro yo were consumed…
Every Saturday we have a love affair with Nubi Yogurt, and we’re not at all ashamed about it 😉
After a few more errands to CVS, the mall, and Costco, it was time to start the fun with my sister!
And I found a new hot accessory…champagne earrings!!! (Thanks sis for the great tagline and photo op!)
A friend of ours then joined us in on the shenanigan fun…
It was a great night indeed with my favorite girls… 🙂
Now the hubby is back home safe and sound and I’m happy to have my other best bud back with me 😉
Hope you all had a fabulous weekend and are ready for the start of a fresh new week!
Questions: Do you try to achieve balance in all areas of your life? Are some harder to achieve than others?