I hope my American readers enjoyed the July Fourth
holiday. We did,
despite rather cool weather. It's my oldest
daughter's birthday, so it's
ALWAYS a special day for us!
This issue of the "Don't Diet Digest" is
personal. I'm gonna "preach to
the choir", as they say.
I'm finding myself at mid-summer, busy beyond
belief. Yes, there are certain things you can't avoid when
you have kids, big families and are experiencing certain stages of
your life. There are definitely "seasons" we go through, and
some are busier than others.
However, when a busy schedule begins to affect you
physically, it's time
to step back and make some changes.
I've noticed that when my schedule gets overly hectic,
I tend to overeat
AND eat foods that aren't as nutritious as I'd
like. While I don't always
gain weight (because I'm running around, or because
I'm so busy I skip
meals), I do find that I don't feel well, don't sleep
well, and I don't always
have the energy I need to do what needs to be
done. I'm much more likely to stop by the drive-thru, which
isn't good for my wallet, either.
Does this sound familiar to you? It's ironic
than when we most need to
be in tip-top shape, we stop taking vitamins, stop
eating right, stop
exercising, stop sleeping, and so on.
It's not just "busy-ness" that creates this
scenario. Guilt, depression, grief and other emotional
strongholds can plunge folks into this destructive cycle.
So, how to get off the merry-go-round and get back on
Here are a few great quotes I found online from a
woman named Jeanne
"You can't add new activities without first asking,
'What will I remove from my schedule?'"
"If you don't calculate the trade offs, the most
precious things in your life will
get the short end of the deal."
"Do simple things to take care of yourself--take
vitamins, exercise, sleep.
B-complex vitamins (the stress and energy
vitamins) are just my best friends!"
"Twenty percent of what you do creates 80 percent of
"The non negotiables are time with God, my husband
and the kids. You will
have to make brutal choices throughout the years."
"Make decisions that will be effective and
beneficial for the long haul."
I especially like the first quote.
If you tend to be a people-pleaser or have a hard time
saying "no", you need to realize that you are making short-term
decisions that will have disastrous long-term effects. Your
health will be affected. Your relationships will be affected.
As hard as it might be, you MUST stop caring what
other people will think
about your decisions. You WILL upset people by
saying no. But THEY are not the ones affected by your overly
busy schedule, and they are not the ones who will be ignored
because you're too busy for what's most important.
There will always be work to do. There will
always be things left undone. If 20% of what you do produces 80%
of the results, then let the 80% go.
You can leave the dishes in the sink until tomorrow
morning if it's already way past your bedtime. You can have
friends over even if your house is a disaster.
Trust me--they're just glad you aren't at THEIR house!
How does all this relate to losing we ight, you
It's virtually impossible to stay at a healthy we ight
if you're overly stressed, guilty or busy, that's how.
Take the time to make up weekly or monthly
menus. Build in an hour or more for dinner before
activities. Have quick, healthy meal and beverage
options available for those days you just can't seem to fit
anything in. Keep snacks and drinks in your car, briefcase or bag.
Decide to draw a hard line in the sand when it comes
to your priorities and
Above all, STOP FEELING GUILTY about making choices
that are long-term,
better for YOU, and better for your family.
I know I'm going to retrench. How about you?
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