breakfast

Balance Makes Perfect

They say have a balanced breakfast.  I say, have a balanced life.

Especially as I get older,  I can’t stress this enough.  I see people around me who are unorganized, sloppy, lazy, and endlessly busy.

These people do not know how to add a little balance to their life.

At this point in my life, I can say that I am constantly doing things.  I work an internship by day, and a part-time job by night.  I have friends, family, a boyfriend to tend to, a kitten, and household chores.  Any free time is spent reading, writing, or sleeping.  Oh, and eating.

I dislike when people act like their lives are more complicated than mine.   I chose my life, you chose yours.

Things I hate:

I hate seeing people complain about how much school work they have.  If it’s too much, you shouldn’t have applied to a prestigious school.

I hate when I see people complaining about how long they have to go to work until.  No one is making you have a full time job.  If you need the money, and the job, take it like a man and go to work.

I hate when I hear people “bragging” about how tired they are and how little sleep they received.   Drink some warm milk at night, shut down your Facebook, and go night-night.  I don’t want to hear about how you got two hours of sleep.  So did I, but you don’t hear me complaining…

I hate when people use the excuse of “I’m busy,” when they are treating all their loved ones like dirt.

If I may continue…

Balancing out your life is really not a complicated task.  Once you get into a set routine, your life will be a lot easier.  You can have friends, a family, a boyfriend and girlfriend, school, pets, and free time.  The President can do it, so can you.

That’s not to say every day needs to be dull and repetitive.  Sometimes, I break my routine, and it will be worth it.

Example: Last night I stayed up watching an episode of Game of Thrones.  I didn’t go to bed until 2 a.m.  The next morning, I have 10 hours of work ahead of me with no break (and yet I have time to write this post).  It was great to watch that episode, but now I will be tired.   Instead of complaining about it, I’ll drink some coffee and get over it.  It was my decision after all.

We all make mistakes that will alter the balance in our lives.  You are late too many times and get laid off, and now you need to strive to get a new job.  You room with your girlfriend and now she’s your ex, and you have to suffer another year with her.  You break a girl or guys heart and now your emotions are all confused.  You have a hangover and have to go to work all day.

I have one thing to say to you: Life goes on.

Even when you are emotionally confused, heartbroken, sick, jobless, tired, stressed and busy, take a breath and relax.  You will be okay.

Don’t think about what you have to do tomorrow, think about what you have to do today.  Keep a planner or a notebook for future events and occasions. Stop making excuses for yourself.  You are the boss of your own life.  It’s time you start taking control.

Just because you’re busy, doesn’t mean you have to have a horrible, terrible life.  And it doesn’t mean you have to make everyone around you feel like they have a terrible life, either.

Don’t whine and complain about your life when you have the ability to change it.   Every mistake you made was actually a good decision at one point.  So don’t dwell on the past.  You’ll never make it to the future.

Everybody handles a schedule differently.  My schedule is busy for who I am.  But, I sort of like to be doing things all the time.

All I have to say is get out your Cheerios, orange juice, toast and a side of fruit.  Perhaps if you start with a balanced meal, you can start your balanced life.

The Detox Diaries: A Day of Doubt

Today was day two of my body detox.  Unfortunately, I woke up with a bad headache.  I always get headaches so not sure if this is the caffeine withdrawal or just a typical day in the life of Madi.  However, with some slight hesitation to get out of bed, I headed to the kitchen to fix me a cup of tea.  This time it was Salada’s Citrus with original antioxidants.  Thoroughly enjoyed this tea, even though it was not a steaming cup of joe.  Besides my tea, my breakfast was a smoothie (frappe as I like to call them) consisting of:

One mango

One orange

One apple (any kind works) peeled

Three plump strawberries

Handful of spinach leaves

Ice

The combinations were quite delicious.  I really enjoy mangoes in any kind of smoothie.  I tried using apples after trying a smoothie in the mall where they used them.  I was skeptical, but the taste is refreshing and sweet.  The spinach leaves were thrown in last minute.  Blended up spinach is a beneficial way to get protein, a variety of vitamins, fiber and iron!  Plus, it has relatively no taste when mixed in with all of the other fruits, so it is a plus to add this leafy green.

It rained the entire day so there was no chance I was going to run (like I normally do).  I could have tried to do some cardio, but do to the pounding that was my headache, I opted out of that for today.  I did go for a brisk walk to the supermarket carrying a gallon of milk on my back, so I wasn’t completely immobile.

My lunch consisted of a salad with iceberg lettuce, carrots, cabbage, and sugar peas.  When I eat salads, I normally choose a light vinaigrette or some sort of oily dressing rather than a ranch dressing.  Since I can’t eat any of those, I made my own dressing consisting of squeezed grapefruit juice, orange juice, and a little lemon zest.  I found it to be surprisingly juicy and fresh.  It made the vegetables in the salad have flavor, and they were juicy because they were not weighed down by a thick dressing.  I also had a handful of almonds for a snack.

My dinner was a stir-fried medley of broccoli and cauliflower, with a side of brown rice that was blended with a mixture of onions and peppers.  Overall, satisfying.

Today was a disappointment in the way I felt emotionally.  At one point I really wanted to stop this detox nonsense, and pour me a cup of coffee and have a big bowl of cereal.  This upset me even more because I was having doubts on the second day!  I had a horrible headache, and this contributed to my crankiness, for sure.  The fact that I can’t eat any of the foods I normally would played a part as well.  Then I had to have a nice chat with my subconcious.  This detox is teaching me some self control.  I do enjoy eating good food, and I am at a comfortable weight for my age and height (of course it would not hurt to run a little more, maybe some crunches here and there).  Despite that fact, I need to learn to not eat just because I can, and to be a little more conscientious about the foods I do eat.  It was helpful that my mother was around me today to coax me back into my positive attitude, and my kitty was there waiting for a good cuddle.

Today was difficult, but overall a good learning experience.  I am gaining more self control that I can use later on in life, and it will help me maintain a good healthy lifestyle after this detox.  I think I will try yoga tomorrow, and start up my meditation again.  That seems to help when I am stressed.  Having people around me that support my decision also is helpful.  The more people cheer me on, the more I want to continue.  I don’t want to let down others, but more importantly, I do not want to let down myself.