I was compensated for my participation in Coca-Cola’s Balanced Living Workshop, but my thoughts and views are my own.
I am constantly trying to search for balance in my life; if you’re a regular here, you already know that. I’m constantly juggling a bunch of different projects, my workouts and my family stuff, all while trying to weave a bunch of fun in there somewhere. (Making room for fun, I admit, is something at which I excel. Go figure.) Sometimes though, it’s important to get serious.
Being a mom in my forties, I am busier than ever but also finally coming to the realization that taking care of myself really has to become a priority, both for my own good as well as my family’s. Not only can I take better care of everyone else if I’m healthy, but it’s also a matter of good role modeling.
I have been invited to the Coca-Cola Balanced Living Workshop on December 11-12 in Chicago and I am super-excited about it for many reasons. Here are just a couple of them:
1. Finding the motivation to exercise hasn’t been a problem for me AT ALL since I took my first aerobics class twenty-two years ago. I’m an excellent role model when it comes to working out. That said, it’s food I have a hard time with. Having worked in the fitness industry for so many years, I know exactly how (and what) I need to eat in order to be healthy, but I’m a baby about it because, to be totally honest, I just really like food. During the Balanced Living Workshop, I will participate in a one-on-one consultation with a dietician that will result in a customized wellness plan. Even though that scares the living daylights out of me, I know it’s something I really need to do, so I plan to embrace it. It’s called “staring down your fears”, kids.
2. We will be taking a field trip to a grocery store with a dietician. I am looking forward to adding to my basic knowledge of reading labels, so I can learn how to shop smarter for my family. Locating the information about calories, fats, proteins, sodium and fiber is old hat to me; I want to master reading the rest of the information on labels so I can arm myself with everything I need to know in order to bring home healthier choices for my entire family.
3. We will have a brainstorming/vision board session that is designed to put our biggest challenges right out there, front and center. I’ve never made a vision board but have always wanted to, and I’m looking forward to this activity which will mix a little bit of creativity in with some “serious business”. I write about “putting it out there in the universe” often right here on Suburban Scrawl. Making a vision board is another way of doing that.
4. The folks from Coca-Cola (one of my favorite brands!) will be talking to us about some of the things they’re doing to make Chicago a healthier, more sustainable city. I connected with a rep from Coca-Cola during the summer and heard a little bit about their outreach (it’s exciting stuff!), and I can’t wait to hear more.
Of course, there are other things about this two-day event that make my heart beat a little faster; I’ll be networking with Chicago-area bloggers (new friends and old, I’m sure!), I’ll be staying overnight in my favorite city (hurray!), and it’s going to be a jam-packed two days (which is a pace I’m used to). Overall, I’m looking forward to coming out of the Coca-Cola Balanced Living Workshop, ready to start Living with more Balance and helping my family members do the same.
I can’t wait to share what I learn later in the month. Stay tuned!