I have been working from home as a mom for the last 6 (almost 7!!) years ... before that I worked from home without kids, which I think we can all agree is MUCH EASIER. Having kids and working from home feels like a constant game of tug-of-war:
BE WITH THE KIDS AND FOCUS ON YOUR PARENTING, THEY ARE ONLY YOUNG LIKE THIS ONCE <<< >>> WAIT, WE HAVE BILLS TO PAY AND IF I DON'T FOCUS ON MY BUSINESS THEN I WILL LOSE MOMENTUM AND SOMEONE WILL REPLACE ME!!
The choice between giving your kids 100% of you and giving your clients and your business 100% of you is almost too much to take at times ... anyone with me?
That guilt leads to putting yourself last and a lot of times that means that your health and focus on staying healthy and happy can start to take a backseat.
IN JANUARY I SAID: NO MORE!!!!!
I woke up on January 1st and realized that enough was enough. That ME, MYSELF and I were no longer going to take a backseat and that things were going to start changing. That I was going to devote a little bit of time each day to ME and get on a healthy track.
Let's just say the road to actually getting there was bumpy ... after what felt like MONTHS of being sick, I am finally on a good track and it couldn't have come soon enough, because yesterday I got some pretty scary news.
DO YOU KNOW ABOUT 23ANDME?
Noooooo, this isn't a sponsored post ... 23andMe didn't pick lil ole me to write about them ... in fact, nothing I write on The Editor's Touch has ever been sponsored. I write what I want when I want ... in case you couldn't already tell ;) Haha ...
Anyway, getting back to it ... 23andMe ... heard of this? Along with being a pretty awesome way to learn more about your ancestry, they also give you info about your genetics ... and very recently they were given permission to release a few new reports, one of which will tell you if you have increased risk of getting Alzheimer's disease ... and mine said I do.
SCARY SH*T, RIGHT???
Time for some serious lifestyle changes to try to prevent and fight off the genes that could land me in a very sad state when I am older ... and just the kick in the pants I needed!
So, I sat down and decided what can I do as a stay at home working mom that will help me stay healthy even though I basically sit at my desk all day and never see the actual sun (not only because I live in Seattle ...)
Exercise!!! How many of you pay for a gym you never use? OMG, if I had all the money I've put into gyms I never used I could probably put a down payment on a house ... and just dragging yourself to the gym seems awful ... what will you do when you get there? What exercises should you do? What did you workout last time you came? UGH!! Too much pressure! I decided to skip all that craziness and join OrangeTheory Fitness. << NO, still not sponsored!!!
OTF is amazing and you can schedule your workouts! You go for one hour each time (they also offer 90 minute classes) and you work your ass off with a trainer/coach helping you stay on track and then you go home! DONE and DONE! What do I love even more??? Yes, you pay a monthly fee (duh!!) but you will also be charged a fee if you fail to show up for your scheduled class.
Yep!! And we do we call that???
Accountability is what most gyms are missing. Most gyms couldn't care less if you showed up or not ... they got their membership fee, they are good. But if I know that I'm going to be charged a monthly fee regardless of if I go or not but ALSO a fee for if I don't go??? You know I'm showing up! Each class is different, each coach has their own style ... I love it!! LOVE.
I love food ... love it. My idea of a fun time is going to an amazing restaurant and eating delicious food for hours ... I love bread and pasta ... cake ... ice-cream ... and don't even get me started on peanut-butter cups. But I had to put an end to how I was eating ... because even if I am exercising 3-4 times per week I was basically just barely breaking even and my 'mom bod' wasn't getting much better.
My husband, who loves to try new ways of being healthy, started reading about juicing and extended fasting. At first I was all: enjoy that ... I'm gonna eat some chocolate ... but then I started watching his body completely change ... and I felt a challenge coming on. So, now I am juicing! I will admit that I miss food, but the way I am doing it is:
- Start the day with my BulletProof Coffee - I've been doing that for 5+ years now each morning ... I don't eat any food for breakfast
- Have a green juice that I make myself around 11:30
- Have a berry based or fruit juice that I make myself around 2:30
- Eat whatever I want for dinner
- End the night with red wine << cuz, wine.
Sometimes I will throw a yogurt with flaxseeds and chia seeds in between the two juices ... but my goal is to not actually sit down to eat a full meal until dinner. It's hard at first, but now my stomach is so used to not eating that the hard days are getting to be less and less frequent. I know I'm getting nutrients, I'm not starving myself, I'm not having to buy a bunch of processed crap that some 'weight loss' company is selling and I am super proud of myself which is where the HEALTHY ME comes in!
I will say this about being a stay at home working mom, at least we're not tempted left and right with fast food ... as long as I only buy healthy stuff and veggies and fruit to juice with then I'm good to go!
It is hard to focus on me, the kids and work ... there is a learning curve there and if something is going to be thrown out, it's usually me (sigh ....) but at least I'm trying to toss some 'me' in the mix and so far it's feeling pretty good.
Oh, and another thing??? If you are also trying to get healthy, in shape and feel good like me, do this for me:
THROW AWAY YOUR F*CKING SCALE!!!!!!
Scales are the devil and they make you feel good then bad then good then bad then good then bad ... weight will fluctuate each day multiple times ... relying on a scale to tell you if you're doing a good job or not is pointless until about day 60 on a health plan. I go by how my clothes feel, how I look naked and sometimes I will measure my waist with a tape measure ... but scales??? No. Bad bad bad news ;)