Creating and Maintaining a Healthy Balanced Life

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People often ask me a variety of health living questions.  I get questions about running, yoga, dieting, food, working out, and more.  I’d say the most frequent question I get is, “How do you do it?”.  People always want to know how I maintain a healthy diet, continually workout on a regular basis and fit it all in with this blog, career and my relationships.

Well, I can tell you it’s not always easy but it’s always worth it.  I pride myself on living a healthy life and I’ve made a commitment to myself to continually do that.  To understand what that really means, you first need to understand what I consider a healthy life.

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To me a healthy life is a balanced combination of eating wholesome and natural foods, regular workouts, lots of rest and a bit of indulgence.  I’ve lived this life for years because I avoid extremes (in fact I don’t believe in them) and I give my body what it needs and I never feel guilty for enjoying life.  Most of all, it’s about creating and maintaining balance.

In my day-to-day I regularly eat fruits and vegetables and natural proteins.  I focus on portion control and drink plenty of water.  I also go out to dinner each week with Michael, I love frozen yogurt and sweets and I enjoy a good cocktail from time to time.  If I know I’m going to dinner with Michael and plan to have a cocktail I’ll make sure my breakfast and lunch are filled with fruits and veggies and on the leaner side.  If I have frozen yogurt mid-afternoon I won’t indulge in sweets after dinner.  I plan ahead and remain conscious of what my body needs.

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Each week I plan out my workouts.  I always have a certain amount of cardio I’d like to get in and some yoga sessions.  I don’t confine myself to a set plan but rather let it remain fluid throughout the week.  That means that if I’m tired on Wednesday morning but had planned to run 4 miles, I’ll sleep in and get the rest I need.  That evening I might go for a walk instead of a run if I’m tired or I’ll let it be a rest day and run on the weekend instead.  At this point in my life running 3 days a week and practicing yoga 2 or 3 times a week is realistic for me.  It’s manageable and attainable.  I know that eventually this won’t meet the needs of my life.  Maybe I’ll be training for a marathon and need to run more, yoga less. Or maybe I’ll be a mom and leaving to go for a run will be a challenge but practicing yoga for an hour while the baby naps is completely possible.  My workouts are always changing with the changes in my life.

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The real secret is creating and maintaining that balance.  I’ve already created the balance; I love fruits and veggies just as much as sweets and chocolates.  I love running and yoga as much as I love sleeping in and relaxing with a good book.  Find your balance.  Then maintain it. Maintaining it is really about rolling with the punches and reflecting on yourself.  When my sweet tooth starts raging I have to stop and ask myself why I am craving sweets…is it because I’m stressed out?  Because I want to feel better?  Because my mind just wants a sweet but my body doesn’t need it?  I always try to understand what I am feeling and needing. This applies with working out too.  If I’m not in the mood to run, is it because I’m tired? Is it because my mind is saying no but as soon as I get out there I’ll love it?  Is it because yoga or a walk would be better for me?  Reflecting on my feelings and emotions can help me to put down the frozen yoga or get off the couch and out for a run.  Dealing with my emotions and feelings is what helps me to stay on track and maintain the balance I know my body likes. It’s the key to my balanced, healthy life.

What helps you to maintain a healthy, balanced life?

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13 responses »

  1. I couldn’t agree with you more about the importance of balance and flexibility as well. Part of living a healthy lifestyle is having the ability to adapt to situations around you. Like you said, if a morning workout doesn’t happen, finding a way to make up for that later in the day or over the weekend. I also find when I make healthy living a priority, it becomes easier to find that balance. I know if I want to fit in 3 or 4 runs a week, I need to adjust my schedule to fit that. It’s all about finding what’s most important and making it work.

  2. Great post, thanks for sharing this. A really realistic approach which we can all follow.

    As it is the start of the month, tonight I am going for my first run in months (since recovering from an injury) and will need to balance this with my yoga practice. Your post has inspired me and I can’t wait to get my running shoes on tonight.

    Thank you :)

  3. What a great post! I try to schedule my workouts and my food plan each week on Sunday. I also try to eat leaner when I’d like to enjoy a good cocktail later on in the day :) I enjoy seeing other people who eat and drink their favorite foods, just in moderation and learning to balance them with healthy things. Too many people preach deprivation and I’ve always found that leaves me unhappy – so balance is what works best for me.

    • Thank you! I couldn’t agree with you more. Depriving myself of something leaves me wanting it more, same goes for forcing myself to do something when I’m just not into it…I just end up miserable!

  4. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Balance . . . it is such a struggle but so important. A great reminder to be kind to ourselves.

  5. That’s a great mindset. I’ve struggled with taking diet and exercise to the extreme in the past, and am working hard to overcome that urge and find more balance.

  6. I love this post. I think it’s wonderful. It sounds like you’re in a really solid healthy place. You are absolutely right though that each person needs to find that healthy life and balance that works for them. And once you find it, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will stay that way either. Things change in life, and that means that all variables will change too. You just need to learn to adapt and change with it! Great post!

  7. I love how synchronicity still happens through our blog themes. Today I am writing about For Now and staying focused on what I need – for now! Paying attention and bringing awareness to ourselves is the key to a healthy lifestyle and BEING FLEXIBLE with our ‘plans’. I know for the longest time I had to work my training from the outside in because I couldn’t discern what I needed. How wonderful to now work it from the inside out! Love this post – thanks for sharing your wonderful wisdom.

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