As I write this, I find myself thinking about how quick time passes. I usually dread January
living in the Northeast area of the US. This month has gone by fast.
Working in a metropolitan medical center, I see all kinds of people with one common complaint:
There is no time to take care of “me”.
This blog is dedicated to time and the word that I find myself using a lot is BALANCE. Who
has this mastered?
I coach weight management and bariatric surgery patients on finding that balance between
work and home life so that they can achieve their weight loss goals. The conversation’s are
quite similar with every patient.
Quotes from convo’s:
“i do not have time for exercise since I work full-time.”
“The gym is closed when I go to work and it’s too late when I get done working”.
“I have no one to watch the kids while I work out”.
“My pain is intolerable so I cannot exercise”.
“I work too much and have no time to make healthy meals”.
“I do not have any energy to make healthy changes for myself”.
And my favorite:
“I’ve tried everything and I can’t lose weight no matter what”.
If any of this speaks to you, read on for tips to find the Balance!
Start your day with a journal. I know, I know, there’s no time. Well, if you want to make healthy
changes, the first thing to change is that. You have to make time for yourself! This could be a
five minute break for just you every morning. Writing things in a journal can give you some
empowerment and, sort of, control over your day. Trust me, I was skeptical as well but this has
become an important part of my day now. It is a daily commitment that I will keep always.
I use my journal time to first jot down what I’m grateful for.
I then make my list of what I want and need to achieve today. These are two different lists
because there are always going to be things we NEED to achieve and things that we WANT to
achieve but may not get done today but keep for tomorrow. Let me just say how good it feels
when you check off an item on the list when it’s completed!
If you are a meal skipper because you’re “too busy” or eating in the drive-through:
Plan, Purchase and Prepare
1) Plan your week’s meals ahead of time
2) Get to the store
3). Meal Prep for the week
Developing this habit will cut down on stressing over what to eat and save so much money and
you will be surprised at how much better you will feel to have this control. I find that most
people keep this skill once they start it. This is a lifestyle change to help find the BALANCE!
Find 15 to 30 minutes most days of the week to get some sort of exercise. Stop thinking that
you can only exercise in a gym. Have fun with this and involve the kids too by putting on fun
dance music and have a dance party with them for cardio. Search the internet for free
workouts on YouTube, Instagram or other online sources. All you need is comfortable clothes
and your living room floor to walk in place, maybe add some handheld weights or stretch
bands for resistance training. If you have joint pain or balance issues, look up chair exercises
online or look to join a community pool for water walking. Doing a little bit each day will help
you want to do more and will 100 percent help your energy level and improve your mood.
Again, a lifestyle change to help find the BALANCE.
I have yet to hear one patient say that they hate these lifestyle changes. Making personal
goals will give you energy and confidence that will bring better control over your day. These
are steps to becoming healthier and happier.
My hope is that you start to make some of these lifestyle commitments for yourself and help to
find the BALANCE and, as always, be well!
Sherry Jenko, NDTR, Group Lifestyle Balance Coach