elisariva

Seizing life's joys and challenges physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Finding Balance

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With this being the height of the election season and as I type the talk is about balance – I can’t help but think of balance in life. Work, family, friends, social, exercise, and the delicate mind/body/soul balance. Like the differing political views, so too are differing ideas of balance in life. Unlike politics, it is much easier for each person to identify their own personal balance irrespective of anyone else’s balanced life. But do we do it often enough?

My own experience is not the most even weighted scales – my scale tilts far more to my fitness side sometimes at the expense of my sleep. However I am getting much better at listening to my body and eventually balance between fitness and sleep will occur. My goal is to find the balance before I have no other choice – if I over train to the point of exhaustion without listening to my body’s need for rest and sleep, a cold or fatigue will arise and force me to take the rest. Preventive measures are far better than forced. (hmmm, sounding more and more like the debaters on television right now…) As for nutrition, I am still trying to determine my personal balance. I was asked at dinner tonight if I am a vegetarian. My response was “right now I am not eating meat, but I am not ready to be classified vegetarian.” Like so many other aspects in my life, I am doing my research and experimenting before deciding. I spoke today with a dear friend I have not seen in a while only to learn that he has walked away from a vegan lifestyle and is very protein focused. Sometimes flip flops occur – wow just like in politics…

The important thing to consider is that each person has to find what works for themselves. In the fitness realm (which I am much more willing to blog about than politics) there is no one ideal fit. I do know in fitness we are capable of far more than we think, it is our minds that hold us back. It is also our minds that lead us to sometimes jump into activities before learning how to ease into something and build up. Trial and error occurs and hopefully we learn and grow from the experiences. There is no static ground – if we are not growing we are regressing whether we realize it or not. So my choice is forward motion. It may feel like I am on a treadmill sometimes going no where, but in time I will see the advancement of my progress. Just like my run this morning – I used my inhaler and ran a speed workout with inclines on the treadmill. Although I covered 5 miles, I was running in place. My inhaler worked, my lungs felt good, and I am building strength so when I tackle the challenges outside I will be prepared.

Author: elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

2 thoughts on “Finding Balance

  1. Great post! It is so true how important balance is and yet how it differs for each of us in all aspects of our life. Congrats on your half marathon last weekend!

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