Don't think I'm crazy....I know, Personal Trainer saying we need less balance. Trust me, I'm questioning myself as I type those words...
Balance-A condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions.
Ok, so who decides what these correct proportions are for me? You??? My neighbor??? The cashier in the grocery store??? I don't think any of these are correct in terms of what is being balanced to me.
If I was so focused on balancing out my life perfectly there would be no way I could do all that I do. Do I spend just as much time sleeping as I do working??? HA! That's funny. There isn't enough time in the day. Do I get exactly the same amount of workout time everyday? No way! Today is a Monday so I have more time to workout because I schedule myself less work time on Mondays because well lets be honest, I hate Mondays. So, today I will be working out more than I will be tomorrow because tomorrow I don't have as much time. Does this mean I'm unbalanced or I'm failing at having balance in my life? NO!!!!!
This "Balance" we are suppose to have with everything is constantly being judged not only by others but we judge ourselves. I find myself sitting down at night thinking wow, I feel like I accomplished nothing today because I spent too much time working or other way around I spent too much time goofing off or playing with the kids. This is when I have to tell myself to quit trying to balance everything on a daily basis. I physically and mentally am unable to do it. Not going to lie. I'm a Type "A" personality and have to have everything perfect so coming from me saying it's not possible, then it's not possible! Relax! Enjoy life! Don't focus on how you balanced everything that day. Look at your life in a whole.
Answer this question not thinking of how today is going for you. Answer how life is going in general. Are you eating well? If I'm answering for today then no, not really. I ate a pop tart earlier. Yeah, trainer of the day award goes to me!!! But, if I was answering the question right my answer would be yeah, I am eating well. I choose to eat healthy protein, veggies, fruit, healthy carbs, drink plenty of water, don't eat too much sugar, etc. I eat a very well BALANCED diet. Today, no. No I haven't. But in life, YES!!
Now, don't take this as me saying go eat whatever you want whenever you want or skip workouts for a week. This isn't what I mean. Just find the right amount of balance for you!
If any of you are wanting any extra help on finding what works for your needs, don't hesitate on contacting me for a consult to see if we can figure out the right BALANCE for you!!
Happy Snowy Day here in Indiana!
Laura Thorne-Flick, EP, CPT