Balance is something that I’ve struggled with over the years. I know how to be super diehard strict- sticking to a workout and food plan diligently for several months. I also know how to be super lenient- eating whatever I want, drinking wine several nights a week, and not working out much, or at all. What I can’t seem to do is find the middle ground. The balance where I can eat well and workout most of the time and then splurge once in awhile.

I also need to find balance in life, just in general. Work takes up so much time and energy that it is often hard to come home and have the energy to engage in things I enjoy or to be mentally present when spending time with family and friends.

When all these aspects of balance in my life get off kilter, I often find myself slide into a funny, depressed state I call a “funk”. And boy are funks hard to get out of! I have found that eliminating or limiting sugars and processed carbs from my diet is highly effective in helping me get into a better state of mind.

This is ironic because part of the reason I slipped into this funk in the first place is from eating bad foods. I also find that listening to music I like is very uplifting. Even just blasting my favorite song on the short car ride to work puts me in a slightly happier mood as a I start my work day.

I guess I could say that my whole adult life has been one big teeter-totter ride…bouncing up and down over and over again, trying to to balance the darn thing out and never being successful for long. So balance is going to be a big focus for me this year in my attempt to live a happy, healthy, and active lifestyle.

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