How Do You Balance Life?


I think about this question a lot: “How do you balance life with fitness, health and FUN?”

So many people ask me how I lost the weight and how I keep it off. I tell them about the hard work it takes. It takes commitment and dedication.

Yesterday I realized something….I don’t think I have any hobbies anymore. Before I became a weight-losing-fiend, a big hobby was EATING. And laying around. I watched a lot of TV. In fact, I was a TV/Movie renting addict. I’d spend an entire weekend lost in front of the TV. I watched many, many hours of shows. Like I’d watch an entire season of something in one weekend.

Some other hobbies I had were more positive, of course. Scrap-booking, TONS of reading, writing, hanging out with friends, shopping, playing with my kitties. I also volunteered every weekend at Cat Adoption Team. I also volunteered for the Sunshine Division , planting trees with SOLV and other organizations. Volunteering made me feel really good and I enjoyed doing it! Sometimes it was really hard work, too.

Then I started working out.

Working out became my hobby. I was seeing progress and I was happy with the results so I did it more and more. Then my stamina improved and I could work out longer and harder. Whenever I had a free evening, I was in the gym working my butt off. Literally!

While this is all well and good, I got to a point where I was working out too much. I previously mentioned that I was over-training and worked out every day for 28 days straight. I was¬†desperate¬†to get over the plateau I was stuck in and nothing I was doing worked. It was then that I made the “Two Days Off a Week No Matter What” Rule.

It was needed. I still have that rule. But now I have the conundrum of “what do I do now?” Suddenly having free time, I didn’t know what to do with myself!

My reading hobby went by the wayside because you can’t really read much when you’re working out all the time. :)

Last night I decided to change that. When I got home from work, I took my book out to the back porch to enjoy the warm summer evening.

I laid on our chaise lounge and read my book. It was so peaceful out there! Our house is surrounded by farmland and green space. Our yard is really big too and I listened to the wind in the trees and the birds chirping.

The entire time, Fat Kitty was watching me from inside.

He scratched the sliding door and whined wanting to come outside! Silly cat. Michael finished watching Tour de France and we made dinner and ate outside on the deck.

Our kitchen is sort of a disaster zone right now. We have huge tarps covering the tiles until we can finish laying the rest of the tile and grout/seal them. Needless to say, we wanted something fast and easy for dinner. Hence: hot dogs and fries. :)

Calories for dinner:

Hot Dog Bun: 120 calories

Hot Dog: 190 calories

Fries (baked): 206 calories

Ketchup: 60 calories (over estimation)

Shredded Cheese: 100 calories

Total for dinner: 676 calories

Not too bad for a quickie dinner! Love Ketchup!


We sat outside on the deck for awhile, chatting and hanging out. Then the skeeters came out! The citronella candles weren’t helping so we called it a night.

While we were cleaning out the pantry, we found an old bottle of this:

Rumple Minze? What the heck? I think it was Michael’s before I moved in. There was barely even half a shot left. I swigged it down (trying not to barf) and recycled the bottle. Gross. It was like Peppermint Schnapps or something!

Last night was good. I really enjoyed relaxing on the deck and I plan on doing A LOT of that this summer!

So my question for you, dear readers, is how do you balance everything in your life? How do you find the time to work/go to school, blog, workout, spend time with friends and family, and have your own down time? What hobbies do you have?

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13 responses to “How Do You Balance Life?

  1. Haha I wish I had a good answer to that question!

    My hobbies include reading, writing (besides just the blog) and hiking, but I honestly don’t do enough of any of those. I’ve actually been wanting to read that book you have!

  2. I think hobbies are so important! Im glad you realized some of yours were slipping down the list and made an effort to put them back up!

    I like to read, dance, bowl and watch sports!

  3. I find that I rotate my hobbies around to fit them in. Working out takes time, but I also make sure that some of that workout incorporates fun (like weekend bike rides or biking to yogurt).

    I find that I can waste a lot of time on the computer, so I try to unplug early to read or go out in my garden.

    You really do have to schedule in fun activities.

  4. I hear ya on the hobbies, and I haven’t even really been working out that much! I used to scrapbook a LOT and now there are cobwebs on my supplies. I’m actually thinking of donating most of it to SCRAP in Portland!

    Our cat does that too when we’re outside. We call it “window washer.” Too funny.

    I can send you Audrey Niffenegger’s new book that I just finished. It’s a good quick read, tho not as good as TTW. I’ve been thinking about reading the “Girl” books though it’s not really my genre.

    Way to find balance!

    • I’ve never heard of Audrey Niffenegger but I am always in search of good books and new authors! :) My friend lent me the first “Girl” book and while it was slow to start, it got pretty good.

      My scrapbooking stuff is gathering dust too. :(

  5. Ryan just finished that book, so I’ll probably read it when we get home and I get through the 2 books my friend gave me “the godmother” and “the stepmother” by Carrie Adams (girly books). I don’t have a lot of hobbies either and am working on “reading” as a hobby. I need something that occupies my mind so I don’t get hung up on the other stuff.

    I’ll get on the wagon soon. Today is fun in the sun and tomorrow is driving back home. I have a feeling that the scale will frighten me when I get home…..But at least on Friday, I’ll be at a relay for life and can walk all day.

  6. My big struggle is not wasting time on useless stuff like Facebook or playing soduku on my iPod. 15 minutes so easily turns into an hour with things like that.

    I’m a big reader…love, love, love books. I scrapbook, as well, although I’m so far behind.

  7. Audrey Niffenegger wrote The Time Traveler’s Wife. I LOVED it and read it twice (something I rarely do), but I know other folks who were just sorta “meh” about it. The movie was ok (what with Eric Bana in it wouldn’t be?), but the book was better.

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