Ooooh weeee. It’s just Monday night and it’s ALREADY one of those weeks. I thought it was just in my head but when only one person out of close to forty was grooving with me when I threw that Outkast on, I knew I needed to just bypass this whole week and make it to the weekend. Give me a bottle of Riesling, some Luther Vandross CD’s (yes, I’m THAT old to still like Luther and still use the word CD’s) and let me just forget the fiasco that has been my life for the last two days.
I wish it were that easy.
It’s SUPER hard to find balance when you’re the teacher, when your the mom, the wife, the trainer. As I looked out into blank faces tonight while I was teaching that class with all of my heart praying the feelings of wanting to pass out and headaches and stomach aches would go away, trying not to think about my text messages that seemed to be going off every time I went to change a song, still keeping in mind that this was only one class number two and I had one more class teach, wondering if my kids had done the laundry and their homework like I asked and hoping I’d make it home on that two ounces of gas because I was too busy to stop and refill on my way to the gym, I just wanted to pass the mic and say, “Here. You do it.” I felt like I was standing on one leg spinning plates on my head and palms, trying to dance salsa, inspire people who didn’t want to be there to begin with and plan my life that was going on around me after the music stopped. And, oh, not pass out.
Balance. How in the world do you find balance when you just want to bail?
You refuse to give up when you feel like you’re falling. And, if you should fall, you get back up. That’s it. It’s not perfection. It’s persistence. This #BOSUChallenge…..well, I was challenge to not participate this week because I am having a hard enough time just doing my every day thing. But this week it’s balance. Oh my goodness, I need some balance.
If you forgot to join me last week for the #BOSUStrong challenge or just weren’t up for the cardio, make sure you join me this week as it’s all about the balance! We’re standing on one leg, lunging, and BOSU squatting our way through the week.
But balance means more than just being able to stand on one leg, it also means being able to do what you love while making healthy choices at the same time. It means putting in the work and still finding time for wine and Luther. Or eating the dark chocolate almond clusters but balancing it out with plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and water. Or Zumba(workout) (even when you feel like you’re fighting alone) and yoga (workout) at home when you can’t make it to the gym.
Here are the 6 ways I stay balanced – what are yours?
I make time for myself by turning my phone off at a certain time in the evening.
My favorite me time is nap time.
My rule when it comes to a balanced diet is I eat what I want knowing how it works for/against my goals. No obsessive behavior. No guilt. Just choices. Sometimes the coconut ice cream is totally worth it.
I make fitness a priority by not letting people who aren’t into it talk me out of it.
When I get stressed or overwhelmed, my go to is prayer and a latte..
I do encourage responsibility, ownership and self-sufficiency in my children to help my family stay balanced. That’s been a big help and a load off my shoulders.
Here are my fave 6 moves to help improve your balance:
1) Pray often
2) Practice yoga.
3) Trust yourself to know what’s best for you.
4) Practice standing on one leg while you’re waiting in line.
5) Set boundaries
6) One leg deadlifts
So I want to know – are you #BOSUStrong? Copy and paste the above, fill it in and make it your own and then tag me in it and share with your friends! Let’s all be #BOSUSTRONG.
You can follow the prompts here and join me for the week. You do NOT need a BOSU to participate although I will have to say, we are having a ball at my house having two in the living room.
As for balancing out my evening, well, I’ve done number two and I’m about to go do numbers 1, 3, 5. I’m doing number 2 as I type this blog and since I’m the “all in” type, I’ll do number 6 before I go to bed.
Let’s get balanced!
This post is sponsored by BOSU. All opinions, as always, are truthful and my own.