Balance. I've never been good at it. Yes, I can take on a multitude of responsibilities, juggle oodles of events, and book my calendar up to the gills. But that's not balance. That's frantically running from one end of the teeter-totter to the other with my arms full and trying not to drop anything or fall off the beam. And some things do get dropped. And sometimes I fall off the beam flat on my face. I don't spend enough quality time with my husband. My well-intentioned training plans get backed up by half-assed execution and my race performances have been lacking. I successfully lose weight and then unsuccessfully gain most of it back. I cancel plans because I'm triple-booked. My flower and veggie gardens die. I end up overwhelmed, sick, and burned out. Not healthy.
So starting now, I will be changing things that don't contribute to my overall well-being. From the big things: eliminating fast food filled with salt and saturated fats, consuming alcohol only in very limited quantities, and getting enough sleep. To the small things: turning off the television and computer more often, keeping caffeine to a cup or two a day, and actually taking a break or two during the work day. As well as the really difficult things: letting go of people who bring me down and suck away all of the good energy, saying no to social events when I'm exhausted, and learning a little bit about the word "moderation".