I have a confession to make... A few years ago while I was prattling on, as well as helping people by teaching them about creating a balanced lifestyle for optimal physical and emotional health, I was a complete workaholic and absent mother. For the first three years that I had my Personal Training business, I did not take any holidays (with the exception of Christmas and statutory days), along with one small break when I went to Egypt for my 40th. And I can say that if it hadn’t have been a trip I had been saving up for years, then I wouldn’t have even gone on that. I worked day and night, weekends, and missed heaps of my daughters' events at school.
The saying ‘practice what you preach’ became very relevant in my life. Because I love what I do, I found it hard to say ‘no’ to things. I was not following this rule 'practice what you preach', or really thinking about how out of whack my life balance was. More importantly, what my priorities were either. That was until I started to burn out!
So I sat myself down and asked the question we teach you to ask yourself when you do Busyslim - HOW can I change things to still be investing time into what is really important – my family and my health?
It meant changes for me, and some fairly scary! It meant cutting back on some hours, employing help in the form of people in my business and outside of my business (like having a cleaner once a fortnight... I LOVE HER!!) and outsourcing lawn maintenance.
Being a solo parent running a growing company leaves little time if I’m trying to do it all. I learned that spending money actually helped me to create more money because I am much more productive when I am working. And it gave me the balance I was missing. While I still have a very productive life, I am so happy to be able to attend special things with my girls like taking my youngest to dance class. We have our weekends and always aim to have a day together doing something that is memorable. I do take holidays. My weekly exercise is a priority and I value taking time for me! Sure I still have those weeks where my wheels fall off my wagon but they are moments in time…not my whole life.
When people are dealing with weight issues and poor lifestyles it really is a reflection of unbalance. I believe it comes down to a couple simple things
1. Rebuilding new healthy lifestyle habits.
2. Becoming educated & learning how to eat better and exercising regularly.
These things should be a non-negotiable in your life, thereby helping to create balance that encompasses the whole picture – sleeping well, eating well, exercising, not working 24/7, spending time doing things for yourself and with special people that fill your cup of ‘self’ up.
We often say we can’t fit in exercise or that we're planning to eat better. We are thinking the wrong way. We should place these things as a priority. They are on the HAVE TO DO FIRST list and then we plan the rest of our life AROUND these essential things that mean we are living, not just existing.
Busyslim is a 12 week weight loss program but it is so much more than that. It is about helping others get their lifestyle back into balance, empowering you to make choices that bring out the best in you, and in turn, everyone else gets the best of you.
So this month I encourage you to stop for a moment and take a look at your life. Is it how you want it to be? If not, even making a few small changes and not saying I can’t but, asking the question, ‘how’? This can lead to much greater things. And it should because you deserve to leave this world saying you lived the most wonderful like you could. Start to create the life you want and become the person you truly want to be.