Balance Is Not Always in the Center

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

As an SP Community Team member, I get occasional blog prompts, suggesting a topic to write about. This week, the suggestion was moderation. In what aspects of my life do I have it or lack it?

Something I heard at the "I Can Do It" conference that was held in San Diego in conjunction with the Spark Your Life conference was this: Balance is not always in the center. I can't remember who said it or in what context, but this phrase has really stuck with me! I like it so much.

Almost everyone I know has got too much going on in their lives to have everything in balance at all times. If you have a strong interest or passion that makes you happy, let's hope it takes a big, maybe even disproportionate, chunk of your time and energy!

I'm spending more of my time these days doing the things I truly love. After years of wanting to regularly do artwork, I am finally doing it! Also my "sideline" eBay business, which I enjoy immensely, has become more of a money-maker than my actual part-time job. I am making concrete plans to eventually quit my job in order to put all of my time and energy into things that I love.

It's funny, but when I'm taking the time to do the stuff I really enjoy (which also includes gardening, travel, reading, and many other interests), I rarely overeat. I can't say that I'm moderate in my activities these days--I am really going for the gusto and doing more of what I love all the time--but that seems to help make my eating more moderate. It really confirms for me that I'm an emotional eater. I eat less when I'm enjoying life.

I've never had any real "control" over my eating. When I specifically try to be moderate in my eating, it's too hard! So now I've taken the emphasis off of the food, the eating, the so-called "diet," and I'm putting the emphasis on living a life of joy and fulfillment.

So, in my way of seeing things, moderation be damned! Full speed ahead, doing the things that make my life a great one!
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    Wow! That was transcendent reading! You're on your bead!
    3155 days ago
    If there is an activity that I am doing that really holds my interest, I often FORGET to eat!!!
    Making life the focus rather than food really makes sense!! emoticon
    3155 days ago
    Hooray for you. I strive to do more things that I love doing. Now that is a goal. Thanks for the
    reminder and yes the busier I am doing and living the less time I spend thinking or dealing with overeating or eating unhealthy.

    Moderation for eating not necessarily for living!
    3155 days ago
  • MTALL848
    Thatt is so true for many of us..that we eat when we're sad, bored, or anxious. emoticon
    3155 days ago
    Good points! And thinking about it, I tend to eat when I am bored---so the more activty the better. Thanks for the reminder---I will need it this summer with all the time off.
    3155 days ago
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