Friday, February 22, 2013

Balance and Challenges

I love a challenge. I love to challenge myself. I think this is why I really enjoy losing weight. Don't get me wrong, the health benefits of living a healthy lifestyle is my number one reason for losing weight, but the challenge is what makes it fun for me.

Lately, I have been feeling a little drained. I didn't follow through with my challenge to go to the gym last night and sometimes that just has to be okay. Work has been extra challenging lately as I cover for a co-worker who is on maternity leave and another who will be going on vacation, soon. While doing three different jobs makes the word "challenge" seem like an understatement at times, I really do enjoy accomplishing something that I didn't think would be possible.

Work has been a constant challenge lately, and while it is tiring, it is very rewarding; and I love it! The down side to this is that I have had less fight in me for my personal challenges. Life, however, is all about balance. Just because I am giving a little extra of myself at work this week, doesn't mean that I am giving up on my personal challenges all together. It won't always be this challenging, and I'll be ready for the shift. The important thing is to recognize when you are pushing yourself to the limit, and give yourself a break. Burning out is not an option. I have been down that road way too many times. Life is to be enjoyed, and it can be enjoyed by practing balance.

Following my meal plan is something that I did accomplish yesterday and I plan to do the same, today.

Meal plan for today:

Breakfast: Egg and Cheese Muffin
A.M. Snack: Pudding
Lunch: Soup and Salad
P.M. Snack: Fruit Snacks
Dinner: Calzones

I plan on grocery shopping for some fruits and veggies this weekend so next week I can eat less fruit snacks and more of the real thing. Sometimes you don't realize what you're missing in your diet until you write it out.

Do you keep track of what you eat daily?

How many fruits and/or veggies are you planning on eating today?

Photo from this past weekend with my friend, Mindy.

P.S. One of my best friends, Mindy, is celebrating her birthday this weekend! She's a pretty neat girl, the neatest you'll ever meet. If you wish her a happy birthday in a comment, I bet she would really like that.

Happy Birthday, Minders!


  1. Happy Birthday Mindy!!! I hope you had a great birthday weekend / week / month... however long you chose to celebrate I hope it was filled with fun!

  2. Happy Birthday Mindy!! :)! I track everything with My Fitness Pal. I struggle with getting veggies in WAYY more than fruit. I love fruit, it's always in a giant bowl on my counter or right on the top shelf in the fridge so I'm constantly grabbing it, but veggies on the other hand I have to work on. I just don't like them. lol