Friday, January 20, 2012

Finding Balance (A Guest post by Bambi from

Hi I’m Bambi from over at I’ve been blogging there for a little over a year. I started my journey last January. I’m down about 35lbs in that year. Not only did I lose some weight in that time I learned several lessons and learned a lot about who I am.

You could say I’ve been pretty nonexistent in the blogging world since about October. It was right about that time that my life took a pretty serious and unexpected turn. I started seriously dating a man with two kids. Now that might not seem like a big thing but for me it turned my life upside down. I was walking/running 5 or 6 days a week, teaching dance class, and working out with a strength trainer twice a week. I went from that to cooking dinners and reading bedtime stories, going out for dinners, and spending time with The Don. I was lucky that I have maintained my weight with that change in the last three months, especially with the holidays.

However as 2011 is winding down and we are approaching 2012 I’ve begun to look at where I am and where I want to be this time next year. I want to be a healthier version of myself. For me and my new family. This will require something really important…finding balance.

I will need to find the time to meet with my trainer, teach my dance classes, run, and still be there for bed time stories and family dinners. I’m certain that I can make this happen. I can do this because I have a supportive boyfriend who understands my goals. I can do this because it is what I want. I can do this because I want to be healthier as I have others who are relying on me.

I’ve talked to my trainer and set up a schedule that will ensure I’m getting in two strength training sessions a week, I’ve got a new dance class scheduled with my troupe practice following it, I’ve got permission to go to the gym at my dad’s office to walk with him, and the biggest thing is that The Don has committed to walking and even some running with me.

So has my life changed a great deal in the last three months? Oh heck yes. Has it changed in a negative way? Not at all. I’m extremely happy and have gained another person in my support system. Someone who is willing to exercise and eat healthy with me.  Have I achieved balance? Not yet but I am going to work hard at it.

Have you found balance between your healthy life style and your family? What are your tips for maintaining balance?

DubyaWife's take:
I met Bambi via Twitter and a mutual running group.  When she started she was walk/jogging and wishing she could do more. Her joy and tenacious personality has gotten her to this point.  She is self-aware enough to note when she needs to take a step back and let life happen and when she needs to step in and intervene.  Sometimes in trying to control everything in our lives we lose balance.  Bambi does a great job of finding it and maintaining it.  I'm so proud to be able to witness her triumphs and struggles.  Keep at it girl!

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