I have zero expertise on anything related to fitness or diet. I eat too much; I eat unhealthy food; and I even enjoy it. I have no plans to become vegan, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, coffee free, etc. I don’t exercise enough; I complain my clothes don’t fit; and I enjoy sitting on the couch more than running.
BUT–when I do make better food choices or get off the couch, I feel so much better. It’s no secret that diet and exercise have a massive effect on our moods and I am no exception. How I feel mentally is directly related to how I eat or how much I exercise. I know this, yet it’s still a constant struggle! I actually enjoy exercising once I can get myself into the habit. I love how I feel when I am done, and I love seeing the results (although I typically check to see if I have a six pack after each ab workout…still don’t have one!).
Ivanka Trump is someone I follow on social media and who’s articles I tend to read. She is considered a “celebrity” but she is so much more than that. She appears to have it all together so when I read an interview with her regarding having balance I was actually surprised at what she said.
People obsess too much about balance, a scale is only in balance for a brief second. Inevitably the pendulum swings. It’s impossible to maintain.
I LOVE THIS! So many times I’ve heard people say we just need to find that balance between our work life and family life or our healthy eating and our not healthy eating. For me, the more I try to balance it all, the worse I do at either end of the pendulum. I end up giving up after I eat really terrible food and call it quits because I obviously don’t know how to “balance” it!
If you read the entire article, Ivanka talks about how rather than try to balance, she tries to focuses completely on whatever task she is doing. If you’re with your family but thinking and stressing about work, are you really with your family? If I’m exercising but making a list in my mind of all the things I need to do, is that exercise going to be effective? Probably not!
I tend to go overboard and be like I will eat only healthy, perfect food and will workout 6 days a week. When that doesn’t happen, I just don’t bother with anything at all.
This year I am aiming for a different approach. Last week I worked out twice. This week I am aiming for 3 times. Baby steps. I’m not worrying about eating perfectly healthy, but I am trying to pay attention to what I’m grabbing and how much of it I am consuming.
As I ease back into fitness, I am excited about some things I have planned. Aimee, my oldest, has asked to train for and run a 5k with me. I am really looking forward to doing this with her! We have a race in mind for June.
Also, both girls have been asking to do the CN Tower Climb, which I am undecided about. I have done it before and survived, but do I want to take two kids who may possibly whine and complain the entire way up??! Any advice, anyone?!
I am still debating a half sometime before it gets too hot and then, of course, there is the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in October. A couple of my amazing friends may be coming to do this race with me which I am SO EXCITED about! It isn’t all worked out, but I am praying that it can happen! If I survive that full marathon…who knows?! Everest, here I come! (kidding!! Did you see that movie? I have no desire to attempt any of that!)
Anyone have any race advice to share?