How I Maintain a Well-Balanced Life

Man, I’ve been writing a whole lot of travel posts (I guess I’m excited about Alaska, huh?!) but it’s totally time for a food-related post. While I’m not posting one of my recipes (or a recipe fail, which you haven’t had to witness yet, I am posting about a recent change I made in my life and how it’s going. So, here are a few tips that discuss how I maintain a well-balanced life.

THE BIG CHANGE

About three months ago, in mid-March, I noticed that I was dangerously close to going up a pant size. Now, I understand that I’m petite and that going up a pant size wouldn’t kill me – but it would totally kill my wallet.

Therefore, I’m not interested in going up a pant size, especially after I worked so hard to look good for our wedding at the most amazing villa I’ve been to thus far.

In the past, I worked out but stopped in 2014 after my ex and I broke up (long story, that one, but feel free to email me if you’re interested). After that, I downloaded the My Fitness Pal app and counted calories. However, now that I’m 30, I know that things have to change. Losing weight isn’t going to be as easy as it has been in the past. Diets don’t work for me (believe me – you should see me around some freshly baked cookies) so there’s only one thing left to do: change my lifestyle.

So, after doing some research, I downloaded the Kayla Itsines Sweat app. I’ve been doing it for about 10 weeks now.

TIP 1: PEP TALKS DO WONDERS

When I’m having a rough workout or am struggling with motivation to eat something healthy, I literally give myself an internal pep talk. I’m doing this for me. I’m doing this to maintain the same figure I have, to get stronger, to be healthier, and to feel better. We’re all allowed to have so-called cheat days (for me, it’s more like four cheat days a week sometimes!) but remembering the long-term goal, whatever it may be, really helps.

I used to start off with phrases like “don’t eat the bread and you can have dessert later” or “if you eat this, you have to promise yourself to work out today” but now, I tell myself that I like the choice I’m making and remind myself that I feel better when I make the right choice. I tell myself that I’m strong (when I feel like I can’t do another burpee) and remind myself that my body is amazing.

And when I do cheat, I don’t blame myself. I take it in stride and work harder.

This past weekend, when I went home to visit my family, I mentally planned to work out with my sister; however, due to the nature of the plans and the timeline, I didn’t get the chance to. During dinner, I had two glasses of wine, lots of carbs, and even snacked on chips afterward.

What did I do? I went home and worked out the next day. I ate fruit instead of cookies. I drank water instead of alcohol. I took it in stride and worked harder the next day.

And I kept at it the day after. Yes, we can all have cheat days; they just can’t be every day.

TIP 2: KEEP UNHEALTHY FOOD OUT OF THE HOUSE

No lie – this is one of the most important things I’ve done. And while there is still junk food in my house – thanks to the hubs – it isn’t the stuff that I like to eat.

Once again, there are times when I’m craving ice cream or a bag of Peanut M&Ms – and I’ll purchase a pint of Ben and Jerry’s or that amazing “share” size in the checkout line – but now that I’ve been eating better (and noting the change in how I feel afterward) I haven’t been craving all that junk as much.

TIP 3: TALK ABOUT IT

One of the things that keeps me going is the community aspect on the Sweat app. Talking with other people about my progress, physical or otherwise, has helped me to turn what used to be a chore into a habit.

Last night, Adam said he wanted me to bake some cookies. Knowing what happened last time (I pretty much ate all the cookies), I was hesitant. However, I talked to him about this dilemma and, in doing so, I’m being more conscious. I even bought some thin chocolate chip cookies for me, just in case I had a craving. Talking about my thoughts and creating a plan will carry me through this freshly-baked-cookie phase.

All in all, these three tips have definitely helped me to maintain a well-balanced life. What do you do?

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