How do you feel on a daily basis? Do you feel energized? Excited to start your day Happy? Confident? Can you eat what you want without guilt?
This is the question you need to ask yourself if you are looking to improve your lifestyle and yourself. It’s a very loaded question because there are many different factors to how you may be feeling on a regular day. However, for the most part generally I feel the same, that is happy, confident and excited about my life and myself. After working towards a balanced lifestyle, I can confidently say that that finding balance has truly become about how I feel on a daily basis. Not how I look, not how other perceive me, but how I feel waking up each day, how I feel throughout the day, and how I carry that feeling into my daily routines.
Unfortunately a lot of the time people will put a number on happiness or on how they feel about themselves.
When starting your discovery of balance, I want you to think about how you want to feel. I don’t want this to be for anyone else but you and how you feel about yourself. Unfortunately a lot of the time people will put a number on happiness or on how they feel about themselves.For example, “I will be satisfied when I lose 10 pounds” or “I just need to lose an inch or two on each leg then I will be confident”. I understand that body image is a huge struggle for women these days with all the “perfect” bodies and images we are exposed to on social media. But if we can learn to focus on the feeling inside before the physical appearance, then the confidence and happiness will come, trust me. You can find my top tips to starting a healthier lifestyle here to help if you don’t know where to start.
I’m still working on this and have been for years. The body confidence will follow. I’m learning that discovering balance makes me happy and confident even though right now I don’t have a “six pack”, although I’m still working on it 😉, I would really rather be eating the yummy brie that’s out at a Christmas party then not! This is where I’m discovering my balance.
Start small, but smart. Ideally, its really important to educate yourself on what types of food are good for your body. This way you can understand that healthy food can actually be very yummy! When cooked properly and combining the right ingredients that you can make delicious food for every meal and every craving that is actually nourishing for your body. For me I give into my sweet tooth craving daily, by eating one small piece of dark chocolate, or mixing up a quick sweet treat, however I’m not going to tell you to give into cravings in the beginning. I think of the beginning portion of working towards a healthy lifestyle a bit like an alcoholic. You would never tell an alcoholic who is trying to stop drinking that it is ok to have one glass of wine a day. In this sense I mean you need to gain control and develop an understanding of your body before you start giving into cravings. Otherwise you will most likely end up in a vicious cycle of good weeks and bad weeks. Therefore, in the beginning stages of working towards a balanced lifestyle I always recommend sort of “detoxing” or being relatively strict at least for a month to diminish your loss of control when around certain foods you struggle with. I highly recommend looking up healthy recipes and learning your way around the kitchen to make the beginning part of this lifestyle change easier on yourself. Feel free to check my recipes or take a look on Pinterest there are tons! There are many simple swaps you can make in your daily routine when discovering your balance.
I used to think of the gym as a bit of a chore too, however I kept pushing myself to go, then I started to think of it more as just part of my day then a chore, then it really became a part of my mental health and started making me feel really good, and now I crave my workouts.
Next, for beginner balance, exercise! I know a lot of people cringe at the thought of going to the gym or working out on a regular basis like its such a chore! At least whenever I tell people I go 4-5 times a week I get “Good for you” or “How do you have time”. But in reality, I love going to the gym! Now it wasn’t always this way, I used to think of the gym as a bit of a chore too, however I kept pushing myself to go, then I started to think of it more as just part of my day then a chore, then it really became a part of my mental health and started making me feel really good, and now I crave my workouts.
This all started because I began to educate myself on how to properly workout (as well as I had a baby and was eager to lose the baby weight!). I started trying new kind of workouts, new classes, lifting weights, HIIT training, and more. I began to figure out what I enjoyed doing at the gym and what I didn’t. My advice, take working out with an open mind, find what works for you, what you enjoy and don’t push yourself to misery, find a balance. If you start off moving twice a week and that’s all you can manage at the moment that’s a start! Just try and enjoy movement before you throw yourself in the gym feeling totally out of your element and get discouraged. Try home workouts to get yourself more comfortable with moving your body. Try getting outside for walks, enjoying the fresh air. Eventually you will learn the type of physical activity that your body likes and needs.
The beginning is the hardest part! Just remember you are making a commitment to yourself to working towards a happier, healthier, more confident, and better life! AND finding your own balance! It’s hard to find motivation every day, this is why I often say that motivation and commitment are different, in my opinion, you won’t succeed with motivation alone. You need the commitment first because motivation will come and go. Just keep in mind you are only competing with yourself in the end!
Happy balancing babes! Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have about beginner balance or discovering your balance!