Life is a Balancing Act!

Hello Friends!
It’s been a while since I’ve blogged.  I’ve been quite busy trying to settle in a new city, then our family took an emergency trip to see my ailing father in the Philippines.  We were gone for almost a month and now we’re back trying to get in the groove.

Here we are visiting my Daddy.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of balancing my life.  It’s so easy for me to get obsessed with one area of my life and neglect everything else.  One thing about moving to Austin is that I’ve been able to let some things go from my life.  Number one, my stress factor has gone down just from not having to deal with LA traffic! LOL!  Also, I think the environment that I have been a part of my whole life has been to focus on the exterior.  Growing up close to Hollywood and being in the business, you become conditioned to a certain standard.  I’m not down on anyone, but for me, it’s been a little freeing not having to obsess about my weight, what I’m eating, how much I’m working out, etc…  I have to practice what I preach and that’s to live my life in a balanced way.  When you start to grasp the frailty of life, you really start to see what’s important.

Another area that is important to me are relationships.  I think that focusing on building and mending relationships are just as important as trying to get healthy.  It pains me to see “experts” in success, relationships, life coaching, etc…that are failing in their relationships.  I know a woman who is a life coach and she is so unhappy!  She’s given up on relationships and struggles with depression and is on medication.  I know a few others who are divorced and yet are teaching on how to have healthy relationships.  There’s no question that these people are “qualified” and have all kinds of credentials but for me, I’m much more impressed by someone’s example than the letters after their name.

So, for me, in this time of my life, I’m focused on being a great wife, a great mom, a great friend to many, a great coach and trainer, a person who lives a healthy lifestyle, and trying to be a great example.  Actually, I live my life as an example of what not to do sometimes!  I got in to the health and fitness industry not because I was a perfect picture of health but because my body was falling apart and I had to rebuild it.  My marriage is the best it’s ever been not because we’re perfect but because we’ve been through hell and back and have lived to tell about it.  I work out and teach fitness classes but I’m not afraid to live a little.  We went to National Cheesecake Day yesterday and I enjoyed a yummy, gluten free cheesecake guilt free!  I didn’t work out today and I don’t feel bad about it.  My point is, life is a lot more than being perfect and doing everything right.  Just take a deep breath and give yourself permission to be yourself.  Sometimes, we have to get to know ourselves.  It takes time.  It’s OK.  There’s no hurry.  Enjoy the journey.  Love the journey!  It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

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We will be looking at what a balanced life looks like for you and how to overcome emotional eating.
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Lastly, while I was in Manila, I had the honor to teach Zumba at one of the best Yoga studios in the city.  I Go Beyond Yoga!  Filipino people know how to party!!!  We rocked the house:)))