Today I’m getting on an airplane to Orlando for my cousin’s wedding. I’m really excited to be going home for the weekend and to spend time with my entire family, many of whom I’ve not seen in a few years. On top of that, Rich is coming with me – it’s the first time he’ll meet my extended family beyond my parents, brothers and sisters. And on Saturday we’re going to spend the afternoon with my sister, nephews and brand new niece. That should be exhausting and fun at the same time. Little kids are not usually my thing, but I’m their aunt and I really want them to know and like me.

So here’s my dilemma – do I take time out to myself Saturday and/or Sunday morning to get in a workout or a run?

The little angel on my right shoulder is telling me to take a break for the weekend and enjoy the time with my family. On the flip side, the neurotic little training obsessed devil on my left shoulder is telling me I’ve got to get in a workout and burn some calories – especially since I’ll probably have some cake at the wedding. Not to mention, I’ve been doing so well with consistency and I’ve lost about 6 lbs in 6 weeks. It’s no wonder I’m secretly worried one weekend off of my healthy eating and workout routine will ruin my progress and put me back a few steps.

Common sense, and science tells you that our bodies need a break from exercise every few days for optimal repair and recovery. Everyone knows this. I know this. But the more is better mentality always seems to take over. Even my dentist told me I was brushing my teeth too hard. Too hard? I didn’t know there was a too hard for brushing your teeth. You’d think that brushing harder would remove more plaque and debris. Apparently you can brush away your gums if you brush too hard. And those you can’t grow back, unfortunately.

The same can be said for training too much or too often. Over-training and Overreaching are real. So why is it that I can’t seem to take a break, even for a little extra time with my family? Deep down I know my body needs the break and my mind needs the time with my family. So what do I do?

Right now I can’t really answer that because I’ve not made a clear decision. My plan was to play it by ear. Bring along 1 or 2 sets of workout clothes and a pair of running shoes. If I find time for a run or to visit a local CrossFit gym for a drop-in WOD then cool, but if not, there’s no loss – my body will respond that much better when I do get back to my training on Monday. And any weight I may put on will most likely be water weight and will come right off once I get back to my routine. The world won’t end if I miss a workout – so we’ll see what happens and I’ll keep you posted.

Do you ever find yourself putting fitness before your friends and family? How do you find balance?

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