Finding Balance

People often comment on how “obsessed” I am – “always” going to the gym. I take at the most five classes per week. The classes are generally an hour long, add in time to go to and from the class, get dressed, etc – let’s say I spend ten hours per week on this obsession. Ten. Out of a potential 168 hours in the week. This seems like a pretty sad obsession if you ask me.

Maybe this isn’t politically correct, maybe this isn’t why you follow my blog. But I am really tired of apologizing for taking one hour out of my day. Tired of making excuses, brushing it off so people who don’t make the same decision can feel better about themselves. About their choices.

You don’t have to pepper your week with two-a-days. You don’t need to become a vegan and give up alcohol. I mean, you can – but it doesn’t have to be an all or nothing scenario. Just because I will never have the flat stomach I had in high school doesn’t mean I should have a gut. Just because I like to have a doughnut for breakfast, doesn’t mean I should eat a cake after lunch.

In college, I called my mom asking for advice. Do I kill myself, never go to parties or drink or do anything and get all “A”s or have an actual college experience but most likely get “B”s. I graduated with a 3.0 and have some good stories to show for it.

I go to yoga and I like to have a beer with dinner.  I go to spin class and I love doughnuts.  I could be thinner but I want to enjoy my life.  I could eat nothing but junk food, but I want to enjoy my life.  Being a lump on a couch jamming fries in mouth isn’t enjoying my life.

I want my cake and yoga too.

Namaste.

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29 thoughts on “Finding Balance

    1. Could not agree with you more, clearly. It’s strange how people focus on one or the other part of what I do and never the balance between the two. Nice to know there are likeminded people out there. Hope you have a great week!

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    1. PiYo looks interesting! I’ve never heard of that before. No jumps? I like that – I have a bad knee. Maybe I’ll give it a shot. Thanks for the comment! 🙂 Hope you have a great week!

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  1. Exactly! I am a bit tired of the ones who are talking about that you have to go all in, if you are doing yoga. I am doing yoga to keep my body healthy, and also my mind. It is a journey. Maybe one day I will be vegan, maybe one day I will sell of most of my belongings. But it will not be today. Let me just live where I am right now. Respect each other where we are. Eat your donut, and enjoy it! Enjoy the yoga as well. Namaste!

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    1. It’s strange how much competition there is in the “yoga community.” You are not a better yogi than I am because you’re vegan just as I am not a better yogi than you because I can touch my head to my knees. We should all support each other in this journey and celebrate the differences. I was a vegetarian for a year – ate some bad chicken. But I don’t know that I could ever be a vegan. I’m not big on “things” so I’m good there. But I doubt I will ever master all eight limbs of yoga. And that’s OK. Happy Monday to you – hope you have a great week. And thanks for your comment!

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      1. I so agree, we are on different paths, and so it should be. I would like to strive to get better, and the 8 limbs do make sense, but some I will never try to fully achieve, if that is ever possible. A wonderful week for you as well! You are welcome to stop by anytime:-)

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  2. Reblogged this on The GingerNut Lifestyle and commented:
    Love this post! It’s very important to remain healthy, but not at the expense of happiness. On the other hand, stuffing yourself with treats and only doing things you love is not always the healthiest option, and may not bring you happiness at all. Keeping fit and healthy has been proven to increase happiness, but there is always a limit to how much control you should put on yourself. Every person is different, so don’t let others pressure you into doing what they do. Live your own life, and own it!

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  3. Yes, I love this! I feel like a rebel yogi sometimes because I’m not a vegan (I couldn’t if I wanted to because of digestive issues that make eating lots of plant based foods difficult), and I love being carefree with my diet! To me it is all about balance and what makes you feel good. I will gladly have some ice cream with my watermelon 😀 Excited to read more from you!

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