2017 – The Year of Balance

1.  an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.
2.  a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions.
1.  keep or put (something) in a steady position so that it does not fall.
2.  offset or compare the value of (one thing) with another.
My “word” for 2017 is Balance.

This came to me the other night in the middle of the night when I couldn’t sleep.  I was thinking about 2016 and how I could make my health a priority in 2017 and God spoke this word to me…balance.


Last year was amazing but it was very unbalanced.  I was adjusting to being a new mom, taking care of an infant/toddler, working full time and running a household.  It was VERY different from what I was used to and I felt like life was not balanced.  This year, I want more balance in my life.

I know if I don’t take care of myself, I can’t take care of Delaney.  I know she needs me to be the healthiest me I can be.  I know Jason needs a healthy wife who is around for many more years to come.  I know my parents are getting older and they need me to be healthy so I can help take care of them when they need me!  My students need me to be healthy and have more energy so I can be the best teacher I can be.  EVERYONE needs me to be healthy but most importantly, I need me to be healthy so I can live life to the fullest.

Too much of one thing is not good.  In life, we must have balance.  This year, while I want to be the best mom I can be, I will also have balance.  If it means asking someone to watch Delaney while I work out, so be it.  If it means I put her in a confined space in order to cook a healthy meal, so be it.  If it means leaving Delaney with a sitter (relative) so Jason and I can have a date night, so be it.  This year, I will strive to show more balance in life.

That being said…I do have a few goals in mind but you will have to wait to hear those.  Can’t reveal all in ONE post!

What is your word for 2017?  Make it a good one and then live by it as best you can!  You never know the impact your word will have on you!

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About Jennifer Swafford

Jennifer is an elementary school teacher who is trying to lose 100+ pounds. She has certainly learned how much It Sux To Be Fat and is here to motivate you to live a healthy lifestyle.

  • Vicki

    Mine word is Change. I need a change in my life to stop giving excuses. Change to be a better me. Change to turn to God and not food when I am feeling emotional. Thanks for sharing your word it is a great one!

  • Katie Croall

    My word is strong. I will be a strong, confident Mommy. I will be strong and achieve my weight loss goals. I will be strong and fuel my body. I will work out to achieve a strong body and mind. Thank you as ever for sharing and inspiring!

  • Tanisha Crisp

    Hello Jennifer,

    You have a great blog it was very moving. You will meet your weight loss goals as long as you stay motivated and dedicated. I battled my own weight loss goals after I had my daughter. If your ever need any advice contact me and visit my website. Thanks!



  • I do agree with your words that we cannot find balance but one has to create the same. And for sure I am finding it very difficult to maintain the balance between my Office life and Personal Life. And now it started impacting me like anything. Not sure if I can get out of this mess.

  • Your posts always motivate me to come ahead and take some decision for myself I become great fan of you because sometime I feel that your posts changed my life. Thank you so much for this.

  • You are my favorite because your blog are awesome. Always rocking.