My original “plan” for this week was to have a WIAW post up about a long run. I think it’s obvious that I’m not posting about food and my long run, especially considering my long run didn’t happen last week.
You know what?
I’m okay with that.
I needed to scap my long run because I was sick and it would have done more harm than good.
Instead, today I want to talk about balance.
First off, I think having balance in all areas of our lives is a myth. Sometimes we need to borrow from one area of our lives because a different area needs focus.
For example, for the past few months I’ve been borrowing from my social life and giving to my running life. This weekend I borrowed from my running life (by taking three days off) and gave it to my mental life.
I really do think it’s impossible to “have it all” so I try to set expectations for myself that reflect that. Some seasons in my life I’ll spend more time focusing on my home life, or my running life, or my social life. It depends on my goal and what I feel my health (physical and mental) needs.
Last week I went through and cleaned out my blog reader to try to create some more balance. Now I have fewer blogs in my reader so I feel less pressure to read all the things. I also didn’t reply to blog comments until early this week. Why? I needed to step away from being connected to all the things in order to create more balance over the weekend.
So if I haven’t commented on your blog, responded to your comment, or responded to your email, it’s not because I’m ignoring you. I was just swamped and needed to focus on me – emails, etc are coming!!
While it may not always be possible to have balance at the macro level, I do think balance needs to be considered at the smaller levels in our lives, like nutrition and exercise.
I probably shouldn’t have to include a disclaimer here, but I’m going to. These are my thoughts and how these certain example would affect me. Your life is most likely different from mine and that’s okay.
I’ve noticed, a bit too frequently, people posting about exercising on rest days.
I also think it’s really important to pay attention to our mental health when training. I’m probably more sensitive than other people to this, as my mental state can be fragile at times 🙂
When we have a day when we don’t want to work out, I think it’s important to evaluate why that might be.
Is it because we’re feeling lazy?
Then get out there and run.
Is it because other areas in your life are stressing you out?
Then maybe it’s best you attend to those areas first.
Does the thought of putting on your running clothes and getting out there make you want to cry?
Then for goodness sake stay home and watch some bad TV instead!
What I’m going to say might get me stoned and thrown out of the healthy living bloggers world, so be warned 🙂
I have a problem with the phrase “clean eating”.
I’ve talked before about my food philosophy and truly believe in balanced eating.
Want an example?
Of course you do!
Last week I had salad planned for dinner on Wednesday. Thinking about my dinner, I knew the salad just wasn’t going to cut it. I actually spent quite a bit of time thinking about what I did want. I know if there’s nothing I want, then I’m just being fussy and the salad would be quite fine.
But it popped into my head: pizza. I had to have pizza. This was a deep visceral need.
So I went to the store and bought pizza and ate it and was fully satisfied.
If I’d opted for something other than the pizza I would have been cranky and unsatisfied and probably would have raided the cupboards after. Or I may have stabbed someone. Either, or, really.
Yes, I believe food is about nourishing my body, but sometimes food is about nourishing my soul.
I can’t (and wouldn’t) eat pizza every day. But when the craving strikes I’m more than willing to oblige.
Living a balanced life is about considering body, mine and soul. I don’t believe in forcing myself to eat certain foods (or shun certain foods). I also don’t believe in forcing myself to run when I need to rest (I tried that on Sunday, I cried. No joke).
Tell me: What’s your interpretation of “balanced living”?
Do you think it’s easy to have a “balanced” life?
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