Fitmark Ambassador Melissa Creal talks about being a perfect planner
Balance was the one thing I knew I had always lacked in my life. I saw everyone else leading a healthy lifestyle while still maintaining an active social life and I truly never understood how anyone did it. I sought advice from numerous people whom, in my eyes, had their lives and the perfect equilibrium and found out that finding and creating a balance that works for you is a lot easier than you might think!
My first realization was that I was a poor planner. “Fail to plan, plan to fail.” I never packed meals or my gym bag. I figured I always had the proper food at hand wherever I went (which is entirely false looking back) and if I was going to make it to the gym I would be able to make it home and change before heading to a workout. What I did not realize is that once I got home all motivation was gone. I “had more important things to do” such as lay on the couch watching reruns of shows that I truly was not interested in. Homework? Nah, that could wait until the day before or even the morning of its due date! Time and time again I questioned why I was so unable to create a balance that my role models seemed to have naturally.
My balance was easily created after taking the first step into a word that was foreign to me at the time: planning. I always thought people who had their life together flew by the seat of their pants. Finding out this was not true, that the people with life/balance were perfect planners was a shock. I got my first lesson in planning and life balance from a fellow CrossFitter who always had her car packed with the necessities to get through that particular day. She packed her meals, brought her gym bag and accessories with her to work, and she carried a planner wherever she went. “Alright, I’ll try it out for a week” I thought. I figured this would create more havoc than ease in my life, but it was worth the shot.
That week was the changing point of my entire life. Planning is now a necessity! Life/balance falls into place when you plan for the little things and making time for things you want to do like hitting the gym, eating dinner with friends, seeing a new movie, or even completing your homework. I now even plan my rest days around times I know I have other events or obligations that may cut into the time I usually spend at the gym.
Living a balanced life may be a hard thing to grasp at first but I promise you won’t look back when you find it.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013