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Inspiration

It’s Called Balance: A February Update on January Intentions

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Nearly every morning I’ve hit that button and blended those greens and apples and protein powder.
I’ve biked to and from work, ran before 7:00 a.m. or attended the free group workouts at Gas Works Park.

I’ve stopped drinking heavy craft beer…. for now.

It’s February and I am rocking it!

…until it’s March.
…or the snow melts.
…or it’s Saturday.

No! I tell myself. Many times over. Not this time!

Sound vaguely familiar?

 

 


 

Welcome to the ebb and flow of “healthy living.” I use this term loosely because health is relative. Sure, there’s government standards of nutrition, recommended amounts of exercise, habits to avoid, etc. etc. But we all have our own standard of healthy living and, if you’re like me, there are some days you’re living up to that standard… aaaaand other days you’re not.

For example.

There’s this meme that’s been floating around the interwebs lately; it goes something like this:

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My version of this important saying. 

The first time I saw this, I was nodding my head and raising my hands like a Southern Baptist on Sunday.

“Preach!”

Unfortunately I’m also a person of extremes.
You’re either all in or all out.
There’s no such thing as running six miles and then eating cake later that day. Or eating fast food breakfast and having a productive day.
Why these extremes exist within a 24 hour period? I have no idea.
They just do.

For example, this past Sunday I ran five miles and went to the gym… which were preceded by 6 hours of movie-watching and chow mein on Saturday.
Like I said, sometimes you’re with it and sometimes you just don’t give a sh*t.

AND, if you’re like me, how you’re taking care of yourself physically directly correlates to how you’re functioning as a productive human being.
I like to compare it to a person in training.

 

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My life is either coming together or falling apart.
It just depends on the day.
And if I’m running.

How’s your February going?

About Erin Spaulding
Northern Michigan born 'n' raised and living in Seattle. When I'm not running (sometimes to work, literally!), I enjoy fly fishing, craft beers, exploring the Pacific Northwest outdoors with my husband and pup, and *gasp* my job! Loving my Brooks family <3.
1 Comments
  • Truth! It’s comforting to know that we love ourselves enough to not stress out about resolutions, THE plan, and that pizza for dinner 2x per week can be ok. Love this. thanks for sharing!