The other day my mom and I were talking on the phone and she mentioned how you need to keep the slices of your pie balanced. Specifically for me and Mike, she meant that we can’t just have our pie filled with running/triathlons.
FitFluential focuses on four main components of life: eat, sleep, move and enjoy. You could just say that these are our pie slices!
Mike and I are working on this one but we have gotten so much better! I eat breakfast, lunch and dinner and for the most part we eat healthy. There are times when we indulge but as long as it is in moderation that is completely fine.
I don’t count calories nor keep a food journal but I pay attention to when I am hungry. If I am, I eat.
I think that getting Bernie helped us improve this part of our life! We had to get up extremely early to take him outside and then we were EXHAUSTED by the end of the night.
We used to go to bed at 11-11:30pm and I was constantly tired. Now we go to bed around 10pm and are able to get 8 hours of sleep or a little bit more a night. As triathletes, we need sleep to train adequately!
We definitely have this component of life covered! Swimming, biking and running have become a huge part of our life in such a short amount of time. We love to train, race and talk about training and racing.
I think that this was the slice of life that my mom meant when we were talking, sometimes we forget to enjoy life because we train so much. I know that when we train for our Ironman that some of the components of our life are going to have to be put on the back burner for a little while but that doesn’t mean we need to let it completely take over our life. Even if it is just one night a week where we do something completely unrelated to swimming, biking and running that will help keep us somewhat balanced.
What are some ways that we enjoy life?
We love to hike (which I guess could go under “move” as well), visit lighthouses, hang out with our friends and spend time with our animals.
I also love to scrapbook, take classes, read and blog, of course! Mike LOVES, probably an understatement, sports. We are huge Yankees fans and try to go to games as often as we can, which unfortunately hasn’t been in a few years but hopefully we can go sometime soon.
There may be times that we have to miss a race because something else comes up in life that we want to enjoy and that’s perfectly fine because that race will always be there next year! As long as we keep balanced we will have a great life!
How do you enjoy life?
Jamie blogs at From Couch to Ironwoman where she shares her and her husband’s journey toward accomplishing one of the greatest feats in endurance athletics: an Ironman. Her blog features posts about their training, race recaps, recipes and lots of swimming, biking and running.