*blog post from our 2015 spokeswoman, Rachel Kaiser
Balance is key. It’s really hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle when your life is completely off balance. Between juggling work, home renovations, and near constant traveling, it’s been really hard for me to keep up with the healthy lifestyle that I adopted during Winter 6Fit.
I fell off the 6Fit wagon a couple weeks after it ended, so I was really excited to hear that there would be a Spring 6Fit and signed up immediately. I felt like I needed one more kick in the pants to get back on track. The past few weeks have been a whirlwind though, and it’s been so hard to put a healthy lifestyle first.
Work has been nutty lately and the work/life balance has been a struggle. I participated in a new pilot program at work for two weeks, completely immersing myself in a new area of my company. Besides learning a completely new position, it required day trips to NYC. Day trips!! Those of you who know me know that I am NOT a morning person and I very much value my sleep, so waking at 4am to fly to NYC and coming back the same night is not my idea of fun. While it would have been easiest to eat processed junk on the go, I did my best to eat healthy whenever possible. I got vegetable pita pockets for lunch at Prêt a Manger between appointments, yogurt with honey for dessert, and salads for dinner while waiting for my inevitably delayed flights at La Guardia.
Besides traveling for work, I have also been traveling all over visiting friends. I’ve been up to NH for my niece’s first birthday party, flown to Atlanta to visit a college friend, and driven down to CT for a friend’s baby shower. Accompanying all this travel is celebrations, and along with celebrations comes unhealthy food. The key for me was not to deny myself a piece of birthday cake or margaritas with a friend, but to balance out my week and plan appropriately. I knew I’d want a piece of cake at the party, so I made sure to go light on the sweets during the week leading up to it. I packed healthy snacks for my flights down to Atlanta so I could go out to eat for tapas and margaritas once I got down there.
With all the craziness going on in my life, I still wanted to be able to get in as many workouts as I could every week. As the weather has warmed and sleeve-lengths have shortened, I’ve started to get more comments about how great I’m looking lately, particularly my arms (yay for a new favorite body part!!). I really wanted to keep up the workout schedule, but I was feeling exhausted all the time and my house was in shambles from never being home. Dishes and clothes were piling up everywhere!! As much as I don’t love waking up early, I’ve been trying to get in some morning virtual classes. It’s been a really relaxing way to wake up and I start my morning on such a nicer foot. There’s time to eat breakfast and watch the Today Show after my workout, plus it leaves me plenty of time to run errands and cook dinner after work!
I love sleeping, but early morning runs start the day right, especially when it’s with a friend!!
When life gets hectic, it’s important to find a way to create balance or you might just find yourself going a little crazy. Getting plenty of sleep keeps me in the right state of mind to tackle the day’s schedule. Meal planning and packing healthy snacks helps deter from grabbing “convenience” foods. Packing workout clothes when I travel makes workouts on-the-go easier. Getting up just a little earlier isn’t all that terrible if it sets me up for success the rest of the day. I don’t know if life is going to slow down anytime soon, but if it doesn’t, I know that finding balance is key and I’m heading in the right direction.
Mom of 3, wife, business owner, ballet teacher and fitness instructor. Trying hard to raise healthy, happy and grateful children while running the studio of my dreams. Trying to stay FIT, flexible, stylish and take care of myself in the process!