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Living a Healthy Life is Not Easy and Anyone Who Says Differently is Lying

Posted Mar 27 2013 10:11pm

I’m not going to lie, these last two weeks have been killer. I lost a relationship with my Dad (loooong story), quit my gym for being mistreated, helped friends through a suicide crisis, got a new job and am trying to juggle working 50 hours a week away from home while making sure there is freshly prepared Paleo food for Tim to eat (he’s in week two of his Paleo cleanse!) and juggling my clients. I kinda feel like I am going to crash, lol. I haven’t hit the wall yet, but rest assured, it is coming.

So, I apologize for Wednesdays missing post. I was at my new job :0) I have been wanting to stop running my own business for a while now. It’s exhausting and super difficult. I wont bore you with all my whining about it, but will say that I spend more time doing things I don’t like and am not good at then I do doing the things I love. And life is way too short for that. So, I have been interviewing at a number of gyms trying to find a good fit. I finally accepted a position at Boom Fitness in Tualatin (waaaay too conveniently located next to Peets, Lululemon, Whole Foods and REI, just to name a few) doing personal training and nutrition consulting which I am really excited about.

One thing I am realizing is that living a healthy life is not easy. Balancing work with play, exercise with rest, strictness with moderation, carbs with protein….it’s just not easy. I want you to take a big breath and nod your head and say, “living a healthy, balanced life is not easy.” And then, smile really big because you know that you are doing the very best you can and learning more and more. Stop beating yourself up for not meeting your too high expectations for yourself. Stop berating yourself for not looking like a Victoria Secret model or CrossFit athlete. Stop whining because you can’t cook like Rachel Ray or Julia Child. Just stop. Stop and take a moment to think of all the awesome ways you take care of yourself and your family.

Take a minute to re-commit to what you want to do. What do you want to do? Do you know what living a healthy life even looks like for you? I know for me it means the following:

-First, taking care of myself emotionally by praying, journaling, time with friends and lot’s of affirmation from my husband who knows me better than anyone. 

-Working out hard three times a week and walking as much as I can.

-Eating strict Paleo 90% of the time balanced with the occasional glass of wine or cream in my coffee. 

-Learning more and more by studying articles and books about subjects I like (ie: cooking, fitness, Paleo, nutrition, healthy pregnancy, religion, self-help). 

-Helping others as much as I can.

-Cooking healthy food that is tasty, easy and fun for me and my hubs. 

These are some of the things that I want to direct most of my energy toward because I know that when these things are in place, I feel balanced and healthy. I know it’s going to get bad when I:

-Compare myself to others (whether it be trainers, athletes, models, friends)

-Indulge in negative self-talk (the little voice in your head that reminds you how bad you are)

-Have unhealthy relationships in my life

-Spend too much time watching tv or being unproductive on purpose (ie lazy)

So, all that to say, take care of yourself dear friend. You are worth the time, money and energy that it takes to live a healthy life. You deserve the very best from this life. Don’t be dragged down by too high of expectations for yourself and others. Expectations are the enemy of happiness. Remember, if it were easy, everyone would be doing it. 67% of Americans are overweight and a whopping 34% are obese! You are in the minority! Keep reminding yourself of all these awesome things you are doing and chose to commit to those things every day.

What do you do to keep yourself healthy and balanced?

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