Hi Balanced Beauties! Happy New Year! It’s been a while, but I’ve been shifting my focus from social media to new things, such as my job and family. Most of all, my main source of focus has been back allocating time for myself. I love blogging, however, blogging can potentially be a full time job. Who knows what the future holds, but for now, this is something I will continue to do on the side of working. 🙂 I really enjoy your questions and comments, so thank you <3
Back to shifting my focus: I think it’s important to take social media breaks from time to time. I find that when I implement these “brain” breaks, I am able to focus on all of the little things in my life that I purposely avoid. Let’s be real, who wants to spend their free time meal prepping, cleaning, going to annual doctor/dentist appointments or taking extra workout classes during the week? Maybe you, but not me! We all get caught up from time to time, and that’s perfectly ok. However, I know the instances where I need to step back and take a “break” to focus on my personal priorities and goals.
I am always thinking of things to write about on here, and with the new year and new resolutions. I’ve been switching up my health routines and starting to expand my horizons by incorporating new workouts, new classes and getting back to meal prepping. My husband and I have been really into health for some time now. Often, questions can arise such as, why? … For example, questions like:
- “Why are you so healthy?”
- “Why do you spend more money on organic or healthy foods?”
- “Why do you NEED to workout?”
- “Yoga is weird, isn’t it?”
- “Are you really not going to eat the pasta?”
- “They don’t eat that, they only eat healthy food!”
- “Shopping at Whole Foods is for health freaks!”
I used to take offense to these questions or assumptions. However, you’re damned if you do, and you are damned if you don’t, right? You are damned if you are too skinny, and you are damned if you are too fat. So similarly, you are damned if you are a health freak and you are damned if you enjoy a little extra pizza and donuts (which I still love in moderation!).
I’ve come to the realization that people who are usually asking us these questions or making assumptions, are usually the ones who’ve never tried eating healthy and don’t enjoy workout out, OR are really interested in doing so, right? I’ve learned that in order to understand the power of eating healthy or working out, you have to live it (for more than just a month) and see results from it. So here’s the long answer to most of these questions that are asked:
The truth is, when I put stuff into my system like simple carbs, processed foods, sugars, and dairy, I feel more tired, heavier, and less energetic. I hear a “Why?” question and my usual response is “Why Not?”. Why not develop healthy habits for both my mind and body? Why would I not want to be more energetic, feel more awake and be in a better state of mind? I do believe that even the healthiest of people can potentially get sick or become ill, however, why not develop healthy habits that can only help and not hurt my ability to fight off sickness? Developing these healthy habits makes me feel good, happy and at my very best.
Everyone has different habits, hobbies or passions that make them their best selves. This is just a lifestyle that has made me a better version of myself.
Side note: Eating healthy and working out is NOT easy to do all the time. In fact, sometimes I go weeks of eating whatever I want. Sometimes, I will go weeks without working out. However, once I start to feel sluggish and less energetic, it’s an instant wake-up call for me to get back into my healthy habits. For me, it’s about balance.
Eating healthy and working out is not for everyone, but why not give it a try?
Have a balanced week <3