Balanced Living


I’ve written about my quest for a balanced life before so this could be considered an update, but really it’s just me sharing how another shot has been taken. ๐Ÿ™‚ I truly wish to be in balance…to find a flow…a rhythm if you will. ย I want all aspects of my life to be in sync. ย That’s not to say I think that all my ducks have to be perfectly lined up for me to be happy.

But what I would love, what I’ve been searching for, is a sort of ability to ‘ride the wave’. ย Perfection is boring and not what I’m interested in. ย I would just like to have enough balance in my life that when the tricky stuff comes up I can ride the wave instead of doing a belly flop.

This past week has been stressful and I didn’t accomplish much as far as writing goes. ย I did however start exercising.

My weight is an issue. The balance I’ve found in this area is to fluctuate by about 3 pounds in one direction and then the other. It’s mind-numbingly frustrating to say the least. My mantra….At least I’m not gaining!


I’d love to drop this weight and fit into the pair of jeans I’ve had tucked away for 15 years…but more importantly I am tired of feeling like a big ball of poo.

So last Sunday I made a decision.

Move more.ย 

Yup. That is the plan. The weight is not coming off. ย I am eating better than I have in years. I am proud of what I put into my body. ย I have no food shame at all. Yet the weight is not coming off.

So instead of focusing on that scale I took out my tape measure and measured EVERYTHING I could wrap it around. ย From my neck to my ankles.

I made a plan to start walking. My body hurts every single day. ย Yours would too if you sat most of the day for 15 years. It’s embarrassing to admit that…but it’s true. First step to changing anything is owning it right? I have been like a piece of furniture in my house for 15 years.

I made the choice in that moment. I may not be able to drop weight like I could when I was 15….25….30…but I can focus on being healthy and fit. ย If the weight still doesn’t come off I will be the healthiest, fittest chubby girl you ever did see.

I’ve walked every single day since…………in West Texas……in July!

10.5 miles and counting. That may not seem like a lot to you. ย But in the prior 52 weeks I walked zero miles that were intentional for exercise. So I am proud of my 10.5 miles.

Here are a few things I’ve learned.

  • Walking clears my head.
  • A mantra helps when it gets tough.
  • I talk to dogs more than people.
  • Go early…it’s July in West Texas
  • Bring water….it’s July in West Texas
  • Don’t wear a black shirt!!!….It’s July in West Texas.
  • It’s o.k to strut a little.

Today I woke up to pouring rain. I thought I would have to dig out my Walk-Away The Pounds DVD’s. ย But there was a slight break and I ran like Vivi does when she sees a squirrel! ย I was out the door walking in mere minutes.

We don’t get rain often here and when we do everything floods. Including the duck pond up the road. That means the neighborhood was trashed and every square inch smelled like duck poop.

But I walked.

I’m finding balance by moving more.

With each step towards a life of balance I feel stronger, more confident and more equipped to ride that incoming, unavoidable wave.

Hang Ten Penguins!

Thanks for reading~



30 thoughts on “Balanced Living

  1. I can feel your resolve, Nikki, this is a powerful “move” and I wish you all the best – I’ve recently started taking the stairs when I come upon them instead of taking the elevator/escalator, every bit helps and goes such a long way!

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  2. Way to go, Nikki! I’ve been in North Carolina for three years and I’ve lost 20 pounds. I haven’t really tried to lose but I’m glad that I have. I’m eating better and exercising more. Sounds like your formula. And I think it’s gonna work!

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    1. I was out that door so fast Amy! Truth be told…the walks are sometimes great and sometimes work. But at this point I think it’s vital that I go every day so that I don’t fall into old habits of one missed day flowing into another and another…..
      I need to get some traction before missing a day. ๐Ÿ™‚
      The best part about it is the pride I feel after for having gotten out there and done it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. That’s so great. I don’t take my classes on the weekend, which is fine, but if something throws off my schedule (like appts. the kids have this week) I can find that I have a hard time feeling motivated when I have a chance to get back in there. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Walking clears my head.
    A mantra helps when it gets tough.
    I talk to dogs more than people.
    Go earlyโ€ฆitโ€™s July in West Texas
    Bring waterโ€ฆ.itโ€™s July in West Texas
    Donโ€™t wear a black shirt!!!โ€ฆ.Itโ€™s July in West Texas.
    Itโ€™s o.k to strut a little.

    Loved this baby โค

    Hang ten ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. I have been told walking is the best exercise we can do. We use our whole body, it clears our mind, relieves stress, it gets us out and we feel good about what we have done. Keep up the good work. Let us know how it is going.

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  5. Girl, you are on the right track! I had your exact thoughts Memorial Day weekend. So I committed to walking (3 miles) everyday, and started calling my Mom during the walk, so she looked forward to the call and I kept accountable to walk!!!! I have cut out ice cream (my hideous weakness) and lowered my carbs. So far this summer I have lost 10 lbs and 5 1/2 inches (I measured like you did….everywhere) YOU GO GIRL!

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    1. I envy your gardening. It’s so hot here and I don’t care what all of Texas says…this stuff they call dirt is more like dust. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It would not be a fun hobby here during the summer. ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. Hello Nikki,
    Such a positive attitude and yes, every tiny victory counts!
    I love your writing style with the use of repetition to illustrate how hot it gets there and that makes your determination even more wonderful.
    I find early mornings good too, and before anything can sidetrack our exercise intentions…
    Great going and keep up your amazing attitude,
    Di ๐Ÿ’โœจโœจ

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    1. Exactly. It’s actually worked out well for me to start in the Summer. The only choice is to get out there early. I am not a summer person. The heat makes me feel terrible so it’s mornings or never.

      I kid you not Di…as I was typing this a bug almost flew in my mouth. HA!!! Summer. I’m not a fan. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  7. Hey there Nikki ๐Ÿ™‚

    A few things here….
    First of all, what’s all that “duck” talking? Isn’t this a penguin-related blog?? This is very confusing ๐Ÿ˜›

    It’s funny, because just before you mentionned that you had measured every part of your body, I was preparing to tell you to forget about the scale… Since you are changing your eating and exercise habits, your body will change, and you’ll get more muscle and burn fat… and the muscle gain can easily beat the fat loss! Therefore you might weigh more, while looking thinner! And by the way… About that scale… Weren’t you supposed to leave the sticker on it??? LOL

    Jokes aside… Congratulations on all your hard work! There’s nothing harder than changing our couch potatoe habits (ok, there might be harder things, but you know what I mean)

    Have a fabulous weekend!! ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

    P.S. you are NOT a big ball of poo!! BUT, that really made me laugh! LOL

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    1. Well if you have followed Steve much you will know he is the duck man so maybe it was rubbing off me for a minute…but in truth they scare me and that pond is so stinky. Blech!

      Oh yes. The glorious sticker! LOL I really regret the choice to remove it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Thanks for the support my friend. ๐Ÿ™‚

      About to post the Penguin Prompt. I missed last week Too much political drama around these parts. My mind was a jumbled mess.

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