Happy Friday everyone! What are you all up to this weekend? I’m really excited about my plans! I’m participating in the Contemplative Path to Health and Well-being immersion with Alive and Well Women (http://aliveandwellwomen.org) tonight, tomorrow and every Thursday evening throughout the month of April. We will be focusing on deepening our connection with our bodies and learning to trust our own intuition. I’m really pumped to be working with this inspiring group of women and have a feeling that I am going to learn a lot about myself and this beautiful work.
Since I will be spending so much time over the next month reflecting on my health, well-being and connection with my physical body, I was inspired to write a post on finding balance and keeping up our progress towards our health and wellness goals once the weekend is here. It has always been harder for me to keep up my “routine” once the schedule is a bit more flexible. There are always more temptations around, excuses to skip over exercise or my yoga practice and lose sight of what makes me feel good. I’m all about indulgence and enjoying life! How can we stay healthy and well and still make time for the fun stuff? I think the answer lies in our state of mindfulness and being present and balanced, especially when we are relaxing and kicking back.
I feel much better physically and mentally if I exercise daily and eat mindfully. I have realized over time that turning this off because it’s the weekend doesn’t serve me. Of course we need breaks and if we want to sleep in and have an ice cream cone or margarita, we should! My thought is that maybe we can do all of these things and also take a long walk, go to a yoga or spin class and enjoy fresh, seasonal foods that make our bodies happy. Balance! I’m definitely one of those people that wants to have it all, so I have found that finding balance in the day, even on the weekends, is pretty critical for me. Who wants to wake up feeling terrible on Monday? It’s already hard enough!
How about instead of giving up things we love, we just add more good stuff in? We don’t have to live in extremes and on one side or the other. We don’t have to have a “good” day or a “bad” day. They are all good days if we want them to be, we just have to stay true to ourselves and our personal goals and needs. We are the ones with the power to make the choices that serve us each and every day.
I hope this weekend brings you lots of time to relax and rejuvenate and treat your body with the love and care that it deserves. Eat, drink and be merry! I leave you with these words of wisdom from the great Maya Angelou as you head into the weekend and the glorious month of April:
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.”