Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Finding balance

"Happiness is not a matter of intensity, but of balance, rhythm and harmony."  -Thomas Merton

...So true!  
Recently I have realized that I have felt a bit off due to a crazy, inconsistent schedule and no desire to get back into my workout groove.  As I decided to jump back on my Wii Fit this morning, I realized I have gained 10 lbs since before the cruise in March!  WOW!  Prior to the cruise, I was super busy with school but I was still eating right and working out, in some form or fashion, daily.  This lifestyle brought me down 13 pounds and even below my "ideal weight" of 130! Now I am back up a whopping +7 up from my ideal weight and I am feeling quite worthless!  Let me interject with, it is not about the weight anymore for me.  It is about feeling great and being healthy, and to get there I need to find some BALANCE with...

  • eating right
  • exercise
  • quality time with family and friends
  • spiritual life
  • finances
Now, how I am going to do that?

Eating right will be a piece of cake granola bar.  I know what to do, I just have to start making wise choices, again.
Exercise is something I have to make time for.  It is not that I don't have the time, I just don't think about making the time.  Therefore, I am going to start writing my workouts in my planner so I will think of it more as a "must do" opposed to an "uh, I'd rather lay on the couch and watch Hoarders." 
Quality time is something that I think I have under control. But when you think about it, Is it really quality time when you are sitting on the couch watching a movie and not talking to each other? Maybe to some, but take a peak at The 5 love languages-- truly life changing. 
Spiritual life is something that I used to make a lot of time for, but my church going and bible reading has dramatically decreased over the college years.  I have made small steps to going to church more often, reading devotions nightly with Clint and reading The Shack.  Tonight I will make another small step in attending a bible study group!
Finances..YUCK! Hate dealing with finances and quite frankly I am not as great at saving money as I think I am.  I have recently taken up coupon cutting which has been helpful, but I still have a long way to go.  In my defense, it is pretty difficult to save when in graduate school and can only hold a part time job, but still have those lovely bills coming in each month.  

With a little dedication and a lot of encouragement I might actually be able to pull this off.  After all, you only live once! 

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