I was in the 20th year of my career. My current job required a 2 hour commute each day. I left my home at 6 a.m. and didn’t return until at least 6 p.m. that evening. That left me only 12 hours each day to have dinner, attend to my family, exercise and sleep. I was absolutely exhausted at the end of my work day, my eating choices became poor, exercise rarely happened, relaxation was non-existent, and issues with my 50 year old body made sleep almost impossible. I pushed on.
Maybe I should eat better and exercise during my work day? So now my lunch hour which previously included working and eating lunch at my desk became running to the gym, rushing through a workout, then eating the same boring salad every day. I ridiculously was trying to cram 30 hours into a 24 hour day. Sound familiar?
Well one day my body just said “NO!” It told me I needed to seriously pay attention to my lifestyle and the unrealistic demands I was requiring of myself. . Our bodies say “NO!” in a variety of ways including:
- Pure Exhaustion
Related to Poor Meal Choices, Too Much Stress, and The Wrong Exercise. When it happened to me, I IMMEDIATELY FELT DEFEATED, OLD, OUT OF SHAPE, and FAT. Yes, many of us take ourselves through this process on a regular basis, but here’s a solution. I’m sharing some simple anchors for longer term change.
1- Make Coffee a PART of Breakfast, NOT all of Your Breakfast
Shannon’s story: Having coffee by itself, first thing in the morning contributed to my hormones being out of whack. Incorporating a healthy breakfast, along with my coffee, increased my energy. Focusing on eating first thing in the morning made me care more about what I ate for the rest of the day.
2- Do Absolutely Nothing for 15 Minutes Each Day
Baxter’s story: I told my family that when I get home, they need to give me time to just relax. And they actually did it! I wouldn’t plan, I wouldn’t read, no email…I just sat and looked out the window and took a breath. It became my 15 minute vacation. I felt relaxed and I’m sure I was more fun to be around. Amazing!
3- Only Do Exercise That Makes You Feel Good
April’s story: I hated going to the gym so I found a dance class. I now go to my dance class 5 days a week – no matter what. No more hardcore workouts. I walk. I enjoy it and my body feels wonderful. The last Saturday of each month, me and a friend check out a workout we never did before. Last month was anti-gravity yoga. This month it’s hula hooping.
I invite you to choose an anchor or create one of your own that makes your body feel GREAT!