I have a confession to make, you guys. I had a massive, massive set back to…well, just life, I guess, in December. It wasn’t really one thing that set me back. It was just all of these little things that made me feel like I was just drowning – just doing things that were on my to-do list, and I started falling behind in my personal life.
My work was busy. Rick worked every single day from before Thanksgiving until after Christmas, putting in 100 hour weeks. The kids were crabby, because we got hit with this huge blast of frigid weather that made it nearly impossible to go outside. And of course, there are the holidays, which are their own little joy of stress for parents. Sure – there’s a ton of fun that comes along with the holidays, especially when you have littles. But when you’re already feeling pretty slammed…well, you have the makings of a personal hurricane on your hands.
Slowly, I started to just focus on what needed to get done, and anything extra was falling completely off of my plate. I stopped working out. I stopped meal planning. I stopped giving myself time to take care of ME, and the results meant I was eating crap or takeout pretty much every day, I wasn’t planning ahead (which is SUCH a necessity) and made myself feel like I was constantly playing catch up, and I didn’t feel very good about myself.
Of course, that never happens overnight – so it kind of snuck up on me when I finally realized that I was just out of energy and out of balance.
At the same time, I was trying to think about 2017. How do I want to grow my company? How can I better focus on my family? How can I give myself a little bit of time to feel like I’m a whole person, instead of just the person that does everything for everyone else?
This all came down to a conversation that Rick and I had over Christmas break, about how our life has suddenly gone from being proactive to being very reactive. Instead of planning and being prepared for what can sometimes be (okay, often is) a very chaotic lifestyle, we fell into the bad habit of just reacting to everything. And that made life increasingly hard.
To be perfectly honest, there’s not a lot we probably could have done to prevent this from happening. After all, we weren’t expecting our life to go from 60 to 100 in the blink of an eye. But with the plans we have for 2017, nothing’s going to slow down – in fact, our life will likely only get more busy (Hellooooo new baby!), and we need to really buckle down, and focus on getting back in that proactive seat.
So my word to live by, at least for the next six months, is proactive. I like having a word that defines my world, because I can focus on building towards a common goal across all of the different aspects of our life. Being more proactive in my business, in my family life, in my health, in every way I possibly can be.
Part of this is just getting back to basics – taking better care in planning for myself and my family. When I have a plan, and a schedule, I know that I can fit in the meal planning. I know I will remember to order our groceries online, so that we don’t have three days in a row where I meant to go to the grocery store to pick up dinner, but didn’t have time, so we’re ordering take out. It means I can plan out where my workouts and meals will land, giving myself the ability to PLAN for a healthier lifestyle as opposed to wishing I could get myself on track with a healthier lifestyle.
And as part of this, I want to help all of you find that right balance in a way that actually works for your family, too. As a Beachbody coach, I have to tell you that having an accountability group, easy to access meal planning and the ability to work out wherever I am (which is usually at home….) is really essential to my proactive focus. If you can try all of this out for FREE.
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I personally lost 30 pounds last year with the 21 Day Fix and PiYo programs, in combination with the Shakeology shakes, and I can honestly say that it’s changed my life from making my health something that should be a priority to something that I can actually MAKE a priority.
I’d LOVE to have you join us to see if this is the program that can help you be more proactive about your own personal well-being this year. If you’re interested, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll get you set up and added to our winter accountability group.
Can’t wait to see you there!