How to juggle it all?
Many of us work full time jobs, have children and a household to run and organize; and sometimes it’s just too overwhelming to even consider adding one more thing on our plates.
When you are faced with low energy or lethargy due to being overweight, I can totally relate to your overwhelm and discouragement. I mean, how in the world do you have the energy (and time) to exercise, eat right (we don’t say diet in my world), and discover/clear the underlying reasons that are at the source of your negative eating habits?
Well I have come up with 8 steps to make your life easier when facing the need to release the weight and keep up with all your other priorities:
1. Well first of all, I want to tell you to take a deep breath. Rome wasn’t built in a day and if you feel you have to lose x amount of pounds by a certain date, then you are adding more pressure than you need. Relax, take it one day at a time. Aim for improvement not perfection, and learn to accept a gradual transformation.
2. Begin feeling good about yourself NOW. The better you feel about you, the more you will see results in your body, mind, and self esteem. Go out and buy some new clothes that make you feel pretty. (Yes, before you drop the weight!). It’s important to love how you look and feel right now. Accept your body the way it is, give it thanks for serving you these years, and let it know that it’s time for a change.
3. Release the need to “lose” a certain amount of weight by a specific date. A goal is great to have, but release the attachment to the goal, especially if the goal is a number on a scale. More effective goals are – changes in eating habits, increase in movement/exercise every week, eating healthier, etc.
4. Focus on eating healthy delicious meals that are quick and easy, and that your family will love. Now this may have just put you over the edge, if you wondering how in the world are you going to make quick and easy and healthy meals that everyone will enjoy! Crock pot meals and hearty soups are perfect solutions for busy moms. Stir fries are quick, easy and can be made with a variety of ingredients that you already have on hand in your refrigerator. Smoothies are a perfect breakfast, even for kids. Add a little protein powder, along with fresh fruit, and greens, for a delicious meal. Your children will think of it as a special treat!
5. Eat more beans. Beans are packed with protein and are very filling. Did I mention how inexpensive they are, especially if you purchase them bulk? It does take a bit of time to soak and cook, but you can cook large batches of beans and create a number of different meals for a couple of dollars. A few of our favorites are: hummus (using garbanzo beans), bean soups, refried beans (my son loves when I make refried beans – we put in burritos, or make a taco salad with them, or even just eat them as a protein packed dip). And let’s not forget using black beans to make burgers, they make a hearty and healthy alternative to beef burgers.
6. Quick journal every time you have the urge to eat. Whenever you go to eat, ask yourself the question: “Am I hungry?”, If you aren’t really hungry, jot down what’s going on around you and emotionally that could be triggering your need to eat. This is your tuning and in and awareness exercise. This is the key to your ultimate transformation – tuning in to what’s going on within you.
7. Carve out an 30-60 minutes a day for your meditation and clearing work. This is really an important step. Look at your journal of your eating discoveries and examine any patterns. Do you eat when you’re stressed? Do you eat because you feel out of control? Do you eat when your child has a meltdown? In this step, you work towards eliminating those eating habits. It’s so important because this is where you will begin to delete your old programs. There are many clearing techniques out there, try different ones and see what resonates with you. My favorite is Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). There are many others that are very powerful, like NLP, Ho’oponopono, The One Command, Reiki, Sedona Method, etc. The important thing is that you take time each day to work to delete the old programs. This step will set the stage for a new transformed mindset. And we all know that it’s not just about the body, but the integration of the body, mind, and soul.
8. Practice feeling good. Focus on better feeling thoughts. Like attracts like and if you want to transform your body, you have to transform your thoughts. The better you feel, the more you will activate a vibrational shift to that which you want. Instead of thinking that you don’t have enough time, shift that thought and think, Wow I have 10 extra minutes right now to ______. One perfect way to feel better is to think about the things you are grateful for. I know you’ve heard it before, but little things do add up and result in big shifts.
Juggling it all doesn’t mean that you have to neglect yourself or your family. Look at various ways that you can organize your time and your life, so you can place your health and wellness as a priority. It may mean doing some things differently and it may mean that you go out of your comfort zone a bit to achieve your desires. Remember, you are worth it! In order for you to fully take care of your family, you have to take care of yourself first.
Here’s a quick and delicious recipe for you to try. It’s a recipe that’s included in my 14 Day Synergy Cleanse that starts on January 27, 2014. It’s a great way to Kickstart your weight release:
Smoky Pumpkin Chili
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium white onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
3 teaspoons chili powder
2 tablespoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon oregano
1 jalapeño, minced (see note below)
1 cup vegetable broth
1 15oz can of pumpkin puree
2 15oz cans of aduzi beans, drained and rinsed
1 28oz can of fire roasted tomatoes
Small handful of parsley, chopped
2 green onions, thinly sliced
Salt and pepper to taste
In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until translucent, 3-5 minutes. Add the garlic, jalapeño, and spices and cook for a minute until fragrant. Add the broth, pumpkin, tomatoes and beans. Simmer for 30 – 45 minutes to let the flavors meld.
Top with chopped parsley and green onions.
Note: When mincing the jalapeño, I recommend you wear gloves so that the oil from the pepper doesn’t burn your skin. Also be careful not to touch your eyes after working with the pepper.