Balance=the secret to life

16 Aug

I am just finishing up quite a busy, but wonderful Thursday.  At the start of the day, I had it all planned out-literally down to the hour.  PT sessions, when I was going to eat, workout, work, run work errands, coach, walk Joey (that’s my dog!), all the way until ‘grab dinner, go home to clean, do the dishes, start my laundry and blog!’. Then my buddies at CFD invited me to go have dinner at DMK.  First off, if you have not been to DMK you haven’t lived. I’m just saying. It is out of this world amazing! (that is my new favorite thing to say, ‘out of this world’ =) but this really is!) The food there is so good! Grass-fed beef and sweet potato fries-does it get much better that? Plus add deviled eggs and yummy draft cider, I’ll take it! So clearly I said yes; cleaning, dishes and laundry can wait! And not only was the food fantastic but so was the company! (and I’m still blogging =) )

After some great conversation with my guys, I had a moment of realization.  Now, I’ve had this feeling/thought before but it can be hard for me to follow through on.  For those of you that don’t know me well, I am a very dedicated person. I have a goal in mind, something I believe it, someone I care about, whatever it is and I go for it! I have pretty clear priorities in life and it can be hard for me to ‘relax and live a little’. (For those that do know me well are probably thinking I just summed myself up pretty darn well haha) I’d like to think that this is a strength, a positive characteristic that I have.  I know what is important to me and in my life and I put it first.  With that being said, I think it can also be seen as…maybe not a weakness, but as a ‘not so great all the time’ strength.  You see, balance is the secret to life. I need to start practicing what I preach because that statement can be applied to many different avenues of life.

Staying up late, having a beer (with wheat and gluten!), eating dessert, taking extra rest days, laying on my couch on a Friday night, sleeping in, buying myself something that I don’t need, eating a burger with a bun! (It has been about a year since that has happened), watching trashy TV-these are all things that I need to do every once in a while to balance out my structured routine.  I truly believe that my friends/family respect me for not doing the above all the time because of dedication to my work and my aspirations, but I also think they respect me just as much when I do. I am beginning to realize more and more that even though I want to make it to the Crossfit Games one day does not mean I have to stop living.  Yes, Crossfit is a HUGE part of my life, but there has to be room for more too.  I think this can be said for anyone and everyone. Do things for yourself, take risks, enjoy life, and share your time with your family and friends.  Will it all be worth it in the end if you haven’t enjoyed the journey along the way, shared by the ones nearest to you? So remember, it’s all about balance.  Don’t ever lose sight of what is important to you, but be sure to get outside of your routine and live your life to the fullest-we only get one of them!

All examples of times when I brought a little balance to my life and ‘lived a little’ =)

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