Happy Monday, my friends! I hope you had a lovely weekend. Mine was pretty good and featured some tasty food, fun and fitness.
It’s often that I start a Monday morning post in this way, because fitness, food and fun are three things that are very important to me. And believe it or not, all of these items can and do fit into one life, when you approach them with balance. That’s because life isn’t about being an “all-or-nothing” person. You don’t have to eat clean 100 percent of the time and work out every single day to be active or healthy. In fact, I think it’s better to approach life with a less-strict outlook. Most people call it the 80/20 lifestyle, but I don’t even think you have to label the percentages, if you just do what feels right to you. We’re all different, and we all have to find what works best for us as individuals.
Because yes, you can call yourself a healthy-living blogger who works in fitness, yet still have a thing for store-bought cream-cheese frosting and cold white wine. Balance, ladies and gentlemen, is where it’s at.
How I maintain balance in my life
I’m a creature of habit. Someone who loves routine and thrives on order. That being said, there are a few things that I always do to achieve a happy and healthy state …
Eat a balanced breakfast every single day.
I really couldn’t tell you if I’ve gone a day without breakfast ever. I not only look forward to my first meal of the day, but I crave it. I usually have a big batch of overnight oats, mixed with fresh fruit and some hot green tea as well. Starting a day with a hearty meal is a must in my book, because a happy and full belly is the only way to take on the day. I truly do not understand how people can go without breakfast. But once again, we’re all different and to each his own.
Sweat and move most days of the week.
I work out about six times a week, with a full rest day off of exercise each week. To me, movement is medicine. I find that a good sweat session, or even a gentle yoga class, increases my productivity, clears my mind and generally makes me happy. There are days when I walk out the gym after a great workout and just smile. While my workout routine is probably a bit heavier than most, due to the fact that I teach so many group fitness classes and work at gyms, I still make sure to hit my foam roller, stretch and take a day off each week to even it all out. I also strive to fit in about the same amount of cardio as resistance training, so that I don’t focus too much on the same type of work, which is why I always recap my “Weekly Workouts” on Monday morning, as I’ve done below.
Snack regularly and eat often.
I’m a snacker. I typically have a mid-morning snack and a mid-afternoon snack, resulting in about five meals each day. I like to have easy snacks on-hand in my purse or gym bag, because I’m constantly on-the-go from gym-to-gym to teach classes and work, and I hate being super hungry by the time my next meal rolls around. Some of my favorites snacks are Chobani Simply 100 Greek Yogurts, nuts and healthy bars. And how do I take yogurts on-the-go when I’m not near a fridge? I pop them in the freezer for a couple hours before I leave the house, and by the time I need my snack, it’s defrosted just right.
Connect with loved ones every single day, but enjoy some quiet time.
I do not go a day without talking to my Mom, chatting with my husband and communicating with friends via text or social media. It’s good for the soul. I also like to make plans for the weekends in advance to have a fun activity to look forward to. Yet, I know to schedule a little time for myself every day, because I do like my quiet time, to piddle with my things, daydream and make mental lists. I’m a dork at heart, and my “quiet time” is essential for my sanity. A good mix of being social and alone is just what works for me.
Have a relaxing evening routine and get a good night’s sleep.
Dave and I are accustomed to eating dinner very late, being that there are many nights when I get home after 8 p.m. from working at the gym. While our evenings together are short, we have a good routine down, and it works for us. We usually have a general idea of what we’re going to have to eat, and we split up the prepping and cooking responsibilities. We eat at the table together, quickly clean things up and then watch a show together until bed-time (while caring for and playing with our new little puppy). We don’t have a TV in our bedroom, so when the show is over we head to bed and are usually pretty tired. I like the structure of the evenings, because I so look forward to cleaning up that last dinner dish, putting on my slippers and curling up on the couch. It’s a wonderfully relaxing moment to appreciate all that was done that day. And doing this every night, helps me to be able to fall asleep around the same time and wake up at the same time every day.
Choose healthy foods most of the time.
While I believe that I eat pretty clean most days of the week, I’m absolutely 100 percent fine with eating some processed and packaged snacks and foods. In the fitness world, I’ve worked with and met many people who are so dedicated to a particular diet that they prepare every single thing they eat fresh at home and bring it with them. However, that’s just not for me at this stage of my life. My balanced diet comes from doing the best I can, eating mostly whole fresh foods, but incorporating pre-made snacks at times and always fitting in some indulgent meals, wine and dessert on the weekends. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be such a big responsibility that you have a lunch-box and bring your own food to parties — sometimes you just have to make the best choice you can in the situation you’re in.
To me, a balanced life is one with room for rest, fun, sweat, sweets and a healthy dose of routine. But to you, it may be something a little bit different — you’ve just got to do you.
Snack smart with Chobani Simply 100
Being that I’m a huge Chobani fan, I was totally onboard when the folks at POPSUGAR Select reached out to me about working with them on a campaign about living balanced with Chobani Simply 100 Greek Yogurt. The Simply 100 line includes all-natural ingredients and is sweetened with stevia, monk fruit and evaporated cane juice. And as you may have guessed, Chobani Simply 100 Greek Yogurts only include 100 calories and are a lighter way to enjoy a Greek Yogurt when you need it. Not to mention 12 grams of protein and five grams of fiber in each little container, keeps you fuller longer. And the taste? Just the same deliciousness that you’d expect of a Chobani product.
Thanks for supporting Chobani as an awesome A Lady Goes West sponsor, and if you’re in need of a little snack, give these beauties a try.
Let’s switch gears and talk about fitness …
My weekly workout recap
Because it’s Monday, and we’re talking all about balance, it’s time to go through my last week of workouts …
(Photo credit to Leah Bentley Photography, 2015.)
- Monday – Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, foam rolling
- Tuesday – Took a one-hour Orangetheory class, foam rolling
- Wednesday – Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, foam rolling
- Thursday – Taught a 45-minute BODYPUMP class and a 30-minute core class
- Friday – Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, did 40 minutes of yoga at home with weights
- Saturday – Took a 30-minute POPSUGAR bodyweight class, foam rolling
- Sunday – Rest day
What was good about my week of workouts?
This past week included plenty of balance. I did three sessions of cardio (BODYATTACK) and two sessions of resistance (BODYPUMP and Orangetheory), as well as tried something new with a Pilates-inspired rooftop workout class at a special event hosted by POPSUGAR. I also fit in a short yoga session (with light weights), a core session and a full rest day. A great week of fitness!
What could have been better about my week of workouts?
Perhaps I could have done another short yoga session throughout the week for some extra stretching and of course, one more session of lifting weights would have been ideal. But overall, I’d say it was a good one.
That about covers it! Today, I’m teaching a couple of classes at Orangetheory in the morning and teaching BODYATTACK tonight. I’ll see you back here tomorrow, my friends, because I’ve got some more pictures and stories to share from the weekend.
Please note: This post is sponsored by Chobani through a partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write about Chobani Simply 100 Greek Yogurt, all the thoughts and opinions are my own.
Questions of the day
How was your weekend?
How do you maintain balance in your life?