Balanced Beauty

A lot of us lead very busy lives …………

I have always been referred to as a hard worker & I believe this to be true.

Growing up, both of my parents worked. My step father worked from sun up to sun down . My mom worked & sold cosmetics & miscellaneous other things on the side. As kids me & my sisters had household chores to do everyday.

I am glad my parents raised me in this way.

What they did not share with me was how to balance my ADULT lifestyle AND make a living .

When you are constantly on the go a lot of things get neglected. Often times our health is number one.

It’s so easy to pull up at a drive through or go to the drink machine for a can of soda . You can’t expect to look great & be in shape with eating habits such as this . Buy disposable containers from the dollar store & stock up on fruit, veggies, brown rice, beans & other healthy snacks.If you aren’t prepared, you can always grab a 200-calorie snack bar (with all ingredients that you can pronounce-for instance Balance Bars are great) and keep it in your purse, car or desk at work.If you need to stop for food, try to choose the lesser of the evils.

Go for quality over those fast food establishments.Avoid anything fried. Look for dishes that are grilled and skip anything covered in creamy sauces and dressings. Always leave a restaurant with food to take away. You can have it for lunch the next day or as an appetizer. It’s economical and helps your waistline as well.

Another thing that gets thrown by the wayside is exercise !

Try walking, biking to work. If this takes longer than your usual commute, plan ahead: Pack your briefcase and lay out your clothes the night before.

 Remember to have an extra set of clothes at work for a quick after-commute change, if necessary.If an alternate commute is impossible, get off the bus a little earlier and walk the rest of the way, park at the far end of the lot or take the stairs instead of the elevator.Make use of your lunch break. Play a quick game of racquetball, make a speedy gym visit, go for a jog or take a brisk walk.Stretch at your desk. This reduces muscle tension, gets your circulation moving and prepares you for more strenuous activity later.

Do some chores. Mow the lawn or rake the leaves for 20 minutes. Housework burns calories, and you have to get the work done anyway.

SLEEP is also something we neglect in an effort to “get ahead “. I think its okay 1 or 2 nights a week if you only get about 5 or 6 hours of sleep. Doing that every night is counter productive.

When you don’t get enough sleep your skin suffers & mentally you may not be on point.

 

Lets face it ! We are human beings not robots. We have to take care of #1 before we can take care of anything or anybody else. Ladies, we gots to keep our hair done !!! Wearing makeup everyday is not a necessity but healthy clean skin is . Lets stay on our grind but keep a healthy BALANCE too !

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