It’s been a crazy week full of running around, coordinating family schedules & lots of workouts.
I honestly do my best to maintain balanced nutrition (and hydration) during the week…but life happens, meals are skipped, and sometimes (Tuesday)
ARBY’S IS THE ONLY OPTION…well, it served a function – no judging!
This morning I felt like I had reached a fork in the road:
– do I keep going at this pace?
– part of me wants to add another workout today, BUT,
after my marathon teaching day yesterday….perhaps a little rest and a little balance might be the best thing?!
– is it fish and veggies for dinner or do I go for the pizza and glass of wine that I really want?
Today I decided to listen to that little voice inside that always knows what is best for you. Sometimes it is hard to hear, but it is always there if you ~just listen~
There was a part of me that wanted to take Dee’s amazing spinning class at noon. But, that would have meant:
– sitter for my daughter instead of a visit with her cousins
– probably short-changing lunch due to being on the go
– more time away from home and everything that needs my attention (i.e. laundry, cats, kids)
– additional tork on my already exhausted and sore body (not to mention irritated vocal chordes)
I had to stop and ask…WHY? Dee will be there next week – I can plan ahead and arrange my schedule to achieve BALANCE.
You don’t have to do it all at once…FOR REAL!
There was a time in my life when the voice within that was craving balance and attention and home would have easily been overridden by a chance to get to the gym for one more good workout before the weekend – get the calorie burn to prepare for any “damage” that might occur.
There is a better way my friends.
Today I listened to the voice,
I found my joy.
My daughter and I took a mini roadtrip to St. Paul to visit our extended family. The kids played and the mommies had time to chit chat about everything and nothing.
AND WE HAD PIZZA!
It was absolutely perfect – exactly what both my daughter and I needed.
I am so happy that I have taken a deep look inside to work on the part of me that gravitates to extremes.
As I go through life, I realize that everything has a price. It’s up to us to listen to the voice within and spend our days under the sun on this great earth wisely.
To me, that means
I am reminded of one of my favorite scenes in the movie “Eat, Pray, Love” based on the book by Elizabeth Gilbert.
I’m paraphrasing, but it goes something like this:
*Liz is Julia Roberts’ character*
Liz: I’m in love, I’m having a relationship with my pizza. You look like you’re breaking up with your pizza. What’s the matter?
Friend: I can’t.
Liz: What do you mean you can’t? We are in Napoli, it is your moral imperative to eat and enjoy this pizza!
Friend: I want to, but I’ve gained like 10 pounds. I’ve got this (grabs stomach) ….right here in my tummy, what’s the word for it?
Liz: A muffin top, I have one too.
Friend: I had to unbutton my jeans 5 mins ago just looking at this.
Liz: Let me ask you a question, in all the years you have ever undressed in front of a gentleman, has he ever asked you to leave? Has he ever left?
Liz: Because he doesn’t care. He’s in the room with a naked girl, he’s won the lottery. I’m so tired of saying no and waking up in the morning and recalling every single thing I ate the day before, counting every calorie I consumed so I know exactly how much self loathing to take into the shower. I’m going for it. I have no interest in being obese, I’m just through with the guilt. So this is what I’m going to do. I’m going to finish this pizza, and then we’re going to go watch the soccer game, and tomorrow we are going to go on a little date and buy ourselves some bigger jeans.
Friend: (eats pizza)
Liz: That a girl.
As we enter the weekend, let’s do this:
EAT THE DARN PIZZA!!!!!!
Don’t just tell the people you love that you do, show them. It really is the little things that matter most. I firmly believe that.
In the interest of full disclosure, I will be teaching my 8am CRT class tomorrow. 😉
**(let’s keep this in perspective, I’m not saying sit on the couch and don’t move and eat as many M&Ms as humanly possible. seriously?!)
However, I will be home by 10am ready to embrace my daughter, kiss my husband, and enjoy any little indulgences that come my way.
This weekend, I’m choosing balance.
Until next time,