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With so much on the go, all of us end up feeling a little unbalanced from time to time. If you’re looking for some tips to help achieve balance in your life, I encourage you to check out Basically Balanced. It’s a blog dedicated to providing tips and tricks to help you achieve a more balance life – and who doesn’t want that? 🙂

Here’s an excerpt:

“The goal of this blog is to show you the steps you can take to establish the balanced life you have wanted! This includes your environment, which is why I will talk a lot about home décor and design as well as the types of people and relationships you surround yourself with. This includes health and fitness, which is why you will see a lot of easy to understand information about developing healthy relationships with food and exercise on my blog. This includes fashion and beauty, because when done in a balanced way these can enhance the way we feel about ourselves and allow us to be creative and express our unique taste. And of course this includes mental health which is why there is an entire section of my blog dedicate to this topic which is where I hope to share information, resources on how to get the help you need, and tools for practicing the strategies that we know work to help us establish balance and overall happiness!  We have to strip away all of the demands, stress, and expectations in our life and really get down to the basics to establish thriving balance. And remember… i’m in it with ya! I am not there yet,  but for now I am ok with being Basically Balanced.”

I feel more balanced already! 🙂

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We moved into our house almost 4 years ago now and we never got around to painting the extra bedroom we’re using as our gym. And by gym, I don’t mean anything extravagant – it’s the room we keep the treadmill, stationary bike and a few free weights. The previous owners used it as a bedroom for one of their kids and the walls were pale yellow. Not really my thing. I had spackled the nail holes a couple of years ago but never painted. Until now!

I had a week’s vacation planned and decided that it would be a good time to get this room closer to completion. So, off to Rona I went for some paint, paint tape and a new roller and brush and I finally got her done!

I chose a neutral color – Stone Harbour (left) since there’s a beigey carpet in there):

Next, we moved the treadmill and bike facing the wall where we’d eventually put up a TV. I ordered white sheer curtains from Amazon – because we don’t really want our neighbors watching us exercise. 🙂

Next I started thinking about what to hang on the walls. It’s a gym, where you go to be active, so was thinking about motivational stuff. We travel quite a bit so I decided to select our favourite photos of us doing something active during our trips. It’ll bring back good memories and we can keep adding/updating as we do more. Buying frames and getting the pics printed is the next step.

So the room is still a work in progress, but it’s much closer to the end result and the vision has been established. Not much to show yet but I’ll post pics once I get a bit more done.

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We’re three months into the year (already!) and it’s time to check where things are at with my resolutions for the year. My original list (albeit short) is below:

  • Make an effort to connect regularly with family and friends. Whether that’s through letters, phone calls, emails/messages, anything. This is going very well – I’ve been participating the “52 weeks of mail” project and I’ve sent at least one item per week this year. I’ve sent letters, gifts, flowers and notes to friends and family.
  • Be more active (this doesn’t mean I’m starting a huge fitness regime that I’ll never stick to – I simply want to be more active in my every day life, which will, in turn, contribute positively to my overall health). Well, I could be doing more with this one. I can’t blame the winter weather since we hardly had any snow this year. must do better on this one…
  • Have more meatless / lean meat meals. We’ve all but eliminated red meat from our diet and eat mainly fish and chicken when we do have meat at all. I’d like to push this even further. This has been going super well. We typically have 2-3 suppers with meat per week (salmon or chicken). I have a chicken and cheese quesadilla for lunch at work most days of the week. We eat chick peas, various pastas, veggies, rice. Whole wheat grains. Breakfast is whole wheat toast, yogurt and fruit. I splurge once in a while (chocolate, ice cream, etc.) but all in all, we’re eating healthy.
  • Follow through with outstanding house maintenance items (upgrade windows, electrical inspection, etc.) and get at least two done in 2012. Now that spring is here, time to get going on this. 🙂

In terms of the forecast for any Life List items on the horizon, there are several:

  • Cruise to Alaska (booked for May 2012) where we’ll get to travel to the Yukon and BC, increase my cruise count to 7 out of a goal of 10, increase the number of cruise lines we’ve sailed with to 3 out of a goal of 4.
  • Cruise to Caribbean (booked for October 2012) where I’ll get to try snuba, stay in a suite (woohoo), increase my cruise count to 8 out of 10.
  • We’re planning on booking a hot air balloon ride once it gets warmer.
  • I’ve completed 5 out of 10 random acts of kindness so far. I have another lined up (donate used clothing) – I just have to get organized and make it happen.
  • I made my own bread. DONE
  • I’ll make sure to walk through a hedge maze this summer and possibly visit a batting cage as well.
  • I’ve made 4 colouring books (for my nieces and nephew). DONE
  • Participate in the walk to end breast cancer (September) – I’m still planning on doing this.
  • Make a homemade beauty product, try eyebrow waxing and wear fake eyelashes (not all at the same time) – still planning on doing these this year.
  • Read 30 books this year – I’m at 11 already and on track.
  • See 50 movies this year – I’m at 21 so far – on track.

So far so good!

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It’s that time of year again! My January 1st to January 3rd diet is about to begin – so exciting. 🙂 Ahem…

But seriously, it’s a new year, time to think about what I’d like to change, what worked, what didn’t, what would bring more happiness and health to my life.

These are my resolutions for 2012:

  • Make an effort to connect regularly with family and friends. Whether that’s through letters, phone calls, emails/messages, anything.
  • Be more active (this doesn’t mean I’m starting a huge fitness regime that I’ll never stick to – I simply want to be more active in my every day life, which will, in turn, contribute positively to my overall health).
  • Have more meatless / lean meat meals. We’ve all but eliminated red meat from our diet and eat mainly fish and chicken when we do have meat at all. I’d like to push this even further.
  • Follow through with outstanding house maintenance items (upgrade windows, electrical inspection, etc.) and get at least two done in 2012.

That’s it. Short, sweet, reasonable and achievable.

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So ever since Chris learned that his cholesterol was a bit high after our June physical, he’s lost almost ten pounds. He’s eliminated red meat entirely and has been choosing better options for his lunches while on the road visiting clients. Which is great. But it annoys the crap out of me that he can lose ten pounds without even really trying. Smug, smug, smug.

So, I decided to get back into active mode and since it worked great for me the last time, I’m back to doing Wii Fit Plus strength and yoga. I also picked up Just Dance 2 to see what that was all about. Oh my. And here I thought I was a pretty coordinated person…apparently not so much. Ha! I say this after my first try – I did about 7-8 songs – and it’s tougher than it looks. But it’s fun and gets me moving and that’s what counts.

Today, my shoulders, arms and legs are sore. The legs are probably due to the hill climbing/walking through High Park yesterday – there are some pretty steep hills along those trails. It’s all good.

One of my life list items is to exercise twice a week for a month. It extends to a year, etc., but baby steps people, baby steps. I only want to lose about ten pounds – the ten pounds I gained since the last time I lost weight (where I lost 20 total).

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Taller women more likely to develop cancer | Science | The Guardian.

It’s official.

At 5’11”, I’m probably a goner.

🙂

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Save or Toss: Shelf Life of Common Foods | Healthy Eats – Food Network Healthy Living Blog.

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