It’s so simple, really. When you have balance in your life, it also shows on the scale.
Sounds easy. Too easy. We’ve all been on diet after diet and have had mixed results. Some work, some don’t. Some last, most don’t. We change our behavior for a short period of time to shed the pounds but then we find that we have reached our goal and go back to our old patterns. Or, we find that after months, weeks or even days of dieting, we are exhausted, hungry and wonder why we are suffering just to fit into a smaller size jeans. Chances are we are also disorganized, stressed, and falling behind on the day-to-day tasks we have to do. No wonder diets don’t work. If we can’t figure out how to keep our own houses and schedules organized, how on earth do we think we can count calories and prepare home-cooked meals and have time to shop for healthy ingredients?
Are you having an A-HA moment?
A few weeks ago a book arrived in my mail. Balance Your Life Balance The Scale, by Jennifer Tuma-Young. Definitely NOT another diet book, this guide to balance was exactly what I needed. With three kids, a husband with a very erratic work schedule, and me being a blogger, I needed to find balance in my life. Now!
So, it’s all well and good to say balance will help shed the pounds, but it’s the HOW that always gets to me. In the book, Jennifer, herself a recovered yo-yo dieter, actually lays out the tools you need to change the imbalance of your life and end your weight struggles. Awesome!
And what is this B.A.L.A.N.C.E. that is going to help us all get back on track? Jennifer has developed a program that anyone can follow – a series of techniques to help us in our everyday lives and allow us to all find the balance we crave. The book goes into much detail about each step but I want to give you a hint of what they are.
B – Brain Dump and unclog your mind
A – Assess and clearly understand your current state or situation
L – Let go of anything that does not serve you or the greater good
A – Add In to enrich your life and help you create your vision
N – Navigate the journey
C – Confront issues along the way
E – Engage in life and what you set out to do
Each chapter goes into depth about how you can follow these steps and start back on the path to balancing your life. Sometimes we truly do know what is holding us back but we can’t figure out how to let go of it. Jennifer is amazing with her knowledge of how we can get to the core of our issues, weight included.
Personally, my biggest issue was how to juggle everything I have on my plate. I always wake up feeling like I’m spinning my wheels and not really getting all I want accomplished. One of the big take-aways I got out of the book was that as a blogger, I have a tool at my disposal that I haven’t been using as well as I should be: writing. As Step 1 clearly indicates, Brain Dumping is the first key to letting go and being honest with yourself. My “brain dump” is my writing. If you don’t blog, start a journal, or just write notes to yourself. Getting your thoughts down on paper is so therapeutic and seeing your thoughts on paper is a huge wake-up call. Go on… write down how you feel. I guarantee you’ll notice a huge difference in your perception of those feelings.
“The bottom line is nurturing yourself and loving yourself go hand in hand.”
What are you waiting for? I highly recommend you check out Jennifer’s website and learn how YOU can be an Inspirista. And follow her on Facebook and Twitter so we can all learn from each other how to find balance once and for all.
I was provided a complimentary copy of “Balance Your Life Balance The Scale” for review. All opinions are my own and I honestly recommend you pick up a copy if you are struggling with finding balance and have wondered why the pounds aren’t coming off. This book truly has changed the way I saw my relationship to food.