Finding the Balance in Our Lives

Take a look at the life of a professional athlete. Aside from their glamorous lifestyle, their life primarily revolves around training for their sport. We’re talking like 6-8 hours a day and it shows when they smash world records and/or lead their team to a championship. While they’re training hard to stay at the top of their discipline and continually impress their sponsor(s), we’re usually working, schlepping kids around, studying, and trying to maintain relationships.

Why do we compare ourselves to these athletes that are at the top of their discipline? We need to shift our focus to finding the balance in our own life, rather than comparing ourselves to others.Finding the Balance in Our Lives

This is what’s helped me in finding the balance in my life:

Set a lofty goal

When it comes to finding the balance in my life, I’ve found I need to always be working towards something. Right now it’s that pesky 170 mile cross Florida bike ride in April and if I’m not working, or training, for a big goal, everything becomes kind of pointless and dull. If that resonates with you, pick a lofty goal for YOU and work your butt off to meet that goal. All you should be comparing yourself to are your stats overtime, no one and nothing else.

That’s what I’ve found to be so rad about Garmin’s vívofit, the daily step goals are catered to YOU and no one else.

vívofit hack for cyclist: Strap your vívofit to your cycling cleat and you get credit for a whole lot of steps.

Take care of your body

This may take some trial and error, but dial in the diet that works best for you and what you’re working towards. Plan out your meals for the week and take a look at the recipes Whole Foods Market shares on a daily basis. Do your research and don’t fret if this takes some time, I think it’s taken me about three weeks to dial in my cycling diet.

A proper diet doesn’t take care of the kinks in your muscles. The ideal thing to do is get a sports massage, but that gets expensive. The cheaper alternative is to buy an inexpensive foam roller and get in the habit of foam rolling and stretching. Not too much though, twice a day’s plenty.

Schedule some fun

A regimented training schedule and a tight diet can get old, so I think it’s essential to schedule some fun into your life. Pick a day where it’s no holds barred, do whatever the heck you want. Go out and have a couple drinks with some friends, eat loads of fried foods with your family at the state fair, take a hike, or even try something new. Just do something that’ll take your mind off the training grind and let you relax.

Be alone

Call me crazy, but I don’t think you have to be in a quiet room by yourself to be alone. One of my favorite times during the week is my train commute to and from work on Monday and Wednesday when I get to listen to my favorite podcast and dream. There’s about 1oo people around me on the train, but it’s where I can escape, relax, and dream the best.

Right now, things feel pretty balanced in my life and I think the biggest piece of the puzzle to finding the balance in your life is to surround yourself with the right people. For the most part, my family and close friends don’t quite understand why I want to put myself through the pain of riding my bike across Florida and turn down countless invitations to go out, so I can train, but they all support me.

Follow these tips, make them YOURS, and start finding the balance in your life.

How do you go about finding the balance in your life?

Read more about my #PathToFit journey:

This is the final post in a six part series, sponsored by Garmin and Whole Foods Market, as part of their #PathtoFit program. The views and opinions expressed above are my own. Join in on the fun and use the above hashtag on social media.

Pin It

How to Make Egg Muffins

Eat some protein when you’re done working out is what I’ve heard all my life. Ask any doctor, trainer, dietitian, health nut, or reference a fairly credible health website and you’re bound to find the same information. Packing in some protein after my morning bike ride can be tough on my tight morning schedule and hard boiled eggs with some mustard get a little bland after a while.How to Make Egg Muffins

Lately I’ve been loving these egg muffins. When I get back from my ride, I grab a couple I pre-made on Sunday afternoon, pop em in the microwave and devour them before I start stretching and foam rolling. I’ve found numerous ways to make them, but this is how I like to make them.

Here’s what you need:

  • Muffin baking sheet
  • 6 eggs
  • Couple handfuls of chopped veggies, I like:
    • spinach
    • tomatoes (sundried if you want)
    • peppers
  • Shredded cheese
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • Non-stick spray
  • Mixing bowl
  • Fork or whisk

This is how easy they are to make:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray the muffin cups with the non-stick spray
  2. Mix your veggies together and evenly distribute them into the muffin cups. Sprinkle some cheese on top. Only fill the cups to 1/2 or 3/4 full, so there’s some room for the eggs.
  3. Whisk the 6 in the mixing bowl and add however much salt and pepper that you’d like. Pour the eggs over the veggies and cheese that are already in the muffin cups.
  4. Bake 20-25 minutes on the middle rack. Make sure the egg’s thoroughly cooked.
  5. Serve plain, with ketchup, salsa, Siracha, or whatever else you like.
    1. If you’re meal prepping and plan to eat them later in the week, let cool and store in the refrigerator. When you go to eat them, reheat in the microwave on high, start out warming for 30 seconds and go from there.

Egg Muffins Ingredients

As I’ve already said, I like to prepare egg muffin on Sunday afternoons/evenings, after my weekly trip to Whole Foods Market, and eat them after my morning rides. I’ve found they kick my hunger and provide the protein I need after a ride. Oh and did I mention they taste great?Egg Muffins in a Muffin Tray

Try making some egg muffins yourself, just might make your hectic morning a little less hectic.

I like to make mine vegetarian style, but you can easily mix in some cooked sausage, bacon, or some other meat.

This post is part five of six, sponsored by Garmin and Whole Foods Market, as part of their #PathtoFit program. The views and opinions expressed above are my own. Join in on the fun and use the above hashtag on social media.

Pin It

Earning Steps In The Office {Giveaway}

Earlier in the month I mentioned that to help with my fitness goals, I was going to start moving more, specifically around the office, which I’ll get to in a minute. I’m training for a 100 mile bike ride in March and a 170 mile bike ride across Florida in April, so makes sense, right?

I found out firsthand that, for me, it’s easy to meet my daily vívofit step goal during the holidays and on the weekends. I mean I would hit over 11,000 steps between surfing and walking on the beach. Then the party was over and the 40 hour/week work schedule took over and my steps plummeted.Garmin vívofit downtown Orlando

Reaching my step goal for Monday and Wednesday’s a breeze since I take the train into work and climb those nights and do yoga on Wednesday night. That just screws up my step goal for Tuesday and Thursday, the mornings I ride my bike and don’t get any step credit. My typical trip to Whole Foods after work has helped combat my step deficit, but I still come up short!

Saying I’m going to do something’s much different than actually doing what I said I’ll do.

The “Red Bar of Death” is showing? I’ll fire off these 3 emails (which turns into 7) and call these people…then I’ll get up and move.

Before I know it, hours have passed and my vívofit’s lit up with red bars telling me to get off my butt and move. Starting out I’d just put it off and hope to make up those steps later on in the day (that never happened), but now I have a different approach.

Stair Workout In The Office

I work on the third floor and about an hour or two into the work day, I get a little groggy when the coffee’s worn off. Sound familiar? That just so happens to be about the time The Red Bar of Death lights up on my vívofit. Rather than just taking a bathroom break or getting a water refill from the break room, I run a couple flights of stairs.Garmin vívofit running stairs at the office

Run down to the ground floor, run back up to the third floor, repeat that routine once more and my time’s been reset. Not only has my vívofit been reset, but I’ve been reset. With some blood pumping, I’m more focused, awake, and alert (all of which my boss appreciates). Not to mention I’ve gotten closer to my daily step goal since I do this routine a couple times throughout the day.

For the most part, I think it’s common knowledge that the more we sit during the day, the more damage we do to our bodies. Simply by standing or walking, we can undo a lot of that damage and a little nudge to get moving’s always helpful.

That’s why Garmin and I think you need your own vívofit! Enter using the form below and I’ll announce a winner next week.

Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

How do you earn your steps in the office?

This post is part four of six, sponsored by Garmin and Whole Foods Market, as part of their #PathtoFit program. The views and opinions expressed above are my own. Join in on the fun and use the above hashtag on social media.

Contest Rules: Contest only open to those 18 years or older, living in the United States

Pin It

SMART Goal Planning 101

We make goals or resolutions at the beginning of the year and sometimes throughout the year. A week or two later, they’ve been put on the back burner or we’ve forgotten about them all together. Rather than just setting a goal, we need to set a SMART Goal.Smart Goal Planning 101

A SMART Goal’s a mnemonic acronym where each letter in the word “SMART” guides us in setting objectives to meet our end goal. When we take the time to write out our SMART Goal, our chance of meeting our end goal increases exponentially.

Never set a SMART Goal for yourself or need a refresher? Here’s my SMART Goal, as an example, for my 170 mile cross Florida bike ride I’ve got coming up in April.


When you set a goal, it needs to be clear and well defined. You need to fully know what you’re striving for because generalized/vague goals give you absolutely no direction.

My example: Pedal my bike 170 miles across the state of Florida


Keep track of your success along the way by adding exact dates, amounts, times, etc. The celebration when you reach your end goal is special, but give yourself some smaller goals to work towards that’ll help you accomplish your end goal.

My example: By keeping a 14 MPH pace during each of these rides, I know I’ll be able to finish my 170 mile ride in the allotted time.

  • January 10: 50 miles
  • January 17: 70 miles
  • February 7: 80 miles
  • February 28: 90 miles
  • March: 15: 100 miles
  • March 21: 110 miles
  • March 28: 150 miles


Setting a goal for yourself that’s virtually impossible for you to achieve will only demoralize you. Set a goal that’s realistic and challenging.

Saying that you want to run a marathon without ever having run a day in your life is pretty unrealistic. Make it something more of a progression. Start with running a 5K and progress to a 10K, half marathon, and then tackle a marathon and the rigorous training plan that comes with it.

My example: I’ve already ridden 100 miles, so the next progression for me is to ride 170 miles across Florida.


Your goal actually needs to make sense to you and the life you lead every day. A goal that jives with you and what you stand for is going to be more meaningful than something that just sounds or looks cool.

My example: I love riding my bike and have been looking for a reason to get back on the saddle more often.


Your goals, measurable goals and end goal, need to have a time frame. This way you’ll know when to celebrate, when to put in the work, and without a specific deadline, everything’s more likely to get pushed off to the last minute or forgotten about.

My example: I’m going to follow my training schedule to meet my distances mentioned in the Measurable section and eventually 170 miles on April 12th.

I’ve used the SMART Goal numerous times over the years and have also made the choice to forgo putting one together and it’s a night and day difference. When I took the time to make a SMART Goal, I conquered almost all of my goals and when I got lazy and forwent the process, I failed.

Take the time to write out your SMART Goal and stick to it!

What’s your SMART Goal?

This post is part two of six, sponsored by Garmin and Whole Foods Market, as part of their #PathtoFit program. The views and opinions expressed above are my own. Join in on the fun and use the above hashtag on social media to share your SMART Goal!

Pin It

The New Year Brings New Goals

2014 was a bit of a mess for me, but in a good way. My life was shaken up early in the year, but that made me venture outside of my comfort zone and do things I thought I’d never try, like running.New Year New Goals with #PathToFit

I was able to run a 200 mile relay race that took me to the Pacific Northwest for the first time in my life, I ventured to a new part of Costa Rica for a week of surfing, took my mountain bike on new trails, and climbed my first 14er, among loads of other weekend shenanigans.

2015’s shaping up to be even better with new goals and bigger adventures. Here’s how 2015’s looking so far:

  • January–Ski trip to NC and a boulder trip to Rumbling Bald to put some projects to bed
  • March–Century Ride (Shooting for a sub 6 hour PR)
  • April–Cross Florida bike ride in one day (170 miles)
  • July–Climb Mt. Rainier
  • November–Run my first marathon

You can bet there’s going to be a surf trip in there somewhere, when we get around to planning it, and I know going into this year that I’m going to need to stay on top of my nutrition and fitness to conquer these lofty goals.

As far as nutrition goes, I’ve really been digging this weekday vegetarian diet I’ve been on. One of my favorite meat-free meals has been the strawberry, banana, and Greek Yogurt concoction. It’s simple enough to make five days worth on Sunday and it packs a ton of protein in one 8 oz serving.

First on the fitness list is getting in shape for these HUGE bike rides coming up. Aside from riding my bike fours days a week and climbing and surfing in between. One thing I’m trying to do more often is staying active in the office, at my day job. For that I’m using the Garmin vívofit because, what I call, The Red Bar of Death appears after an hour of being sedentary and smaller arrows appear every 15 minutes after the initial one pops up.

There are some ambitious goals on my list for 2015 and I want to really do it big this year by staying active and being diligent in what I feed the machine.

What are your new goals for 2015?

This post is sponsored by Garmin and Whole Foods Market as part of their #PathtoFit program. The views and opinions expressed above are, as always, my own.

Pin It