In all aspects of our lives we need much diligence and organization. In fact, being organized is one of those things that is required for true success in all that we do. I’d say this applies to some of the most important aspects of our lives such as faith family, career, and our health. We simply cannot be at our best in any of those areas without being extremely organised and I mean extremely. I’d like to take this week to focus on organization, although I will only be able to tackle one aspect in order to be thorough. Here is a list of various organizational tips that apply to all of important aspect of our lives that require top notch organizational skills.
- Faith: Here is a big case for organizing your time. Be sure to set aside hours in your week to properly nourish your soul. Wake up earlier if you have to. Skip some social media time. Just make sure you schedule yourself to allow for this.
- Career: You should be prepared for anything. If your job involves an office, have a place for everything and keep everything in just that place. Be sure to arrange files efficiently and simply. If your job is with the public, keep your workspace neat as you use it and present yourself in an orderly fashion. In any work environment, be on time or early. Be sure to have a special place in your home for any work related items that is extremely well organized so that you never forget a notebook, tool or uniform accessory as the case may be.
- Home: Your house should be run just like an office. Put everything away immediately. If you remember to do this you won’t have time consuming messes.
- Family: As far as organization goes, if you have small children you probably already know the importance of organizing their things and teaching them (by example) to be organized and responsible as well. For you, however, it is important that you organize your schedule so that you allow for quality time with your family and close friends.
- Health: Here’s exactly why we created fitclub- to organize you. We’ve organized a step-by-step guide to keeping you and your family healthy. How do I maintain my own health by keeping organized? On Saturday or Sunday of each week I make a big pot each of: whole grains, oatmeal, beans, sauteed greens and roasted veggies. This week we will concentrate on this with helpful recipes for large batch food organizing. What I will also share with you this week is a recipe for roasting chicken and ideas to use it for snacks and lunches. Having these meal staples prepped will leave you with room in your well organized schedule for plenty of exercise!
Our mission is to make you the best possible you. So take this week to rethink your organization when it comes to healthy meal planning.
Stop trying to lose weight. This year simply stop trying to lose weight and just make an effort to become healthier. You think that may sound funny. One of the primary reasons why we created a wellness company is to coach and educate people on what being healthy really means. Over the last several days it seems we have been bombarded with weight loss marketing ideas. Corporations, television, radio…and the like; it all seems to be about weight loss. Something is terribly wrong. Obesity rates are rising not decreasing. Chronic disease is on the rise, certainly not decreasing. I know we’re living longer but oh my goodness, are we living healthier?
So I implore you, this year forget about weight loss, forget about inches and pounds, focus and become diligent about just simply being healthier. In fact, I shall make it easy for you.
- The snack stand at the movie theater, I love going to the movies; in fact I venture out to the movie theater at least once a week. But boy oh boy, please remember that most of the snacks do not even resemble real food. Sorry folks I must point out, watch out for the “cheese” sauce and the “butter” flavor.
- Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks, now most of you know that I love coffee. But I definitely limit how much coffee I drink and I know that the embellished coffee drinks are really, really tasty, but remember there are more calories in one of those drinks than a meal. So stick to just coffee and add a little cinnamon and raw sugar.
- Sporting events, I know these are hard. In fact I am one of those gals who absolutely loves sports. Ice hockey and basketball are favorites of mine, but I’m sorry, please don’t succumb to the garbage. Sorry, I would be remiss if I did not point this out.
- Fast food, just don’t do it! It is absolutely impossible to maintain a healthy lifestyle and eat fast food. And no, you don’t really have to stop at McDonald’s for a salad. With the abundance of beautiful supermarkets practically on every block, take a couple extra minutes, run into the supermarket and fix up a great little salad. You will save calories and money my friend.
- Roast, don’t fry, there are many, many ways to cut calories whilst we cook. Important to remember as often as possible, reach for your roasting pan and not your frying pan. You can roast just about anything you can fry. Well, except for eggs maybe, but give me a second, I’ll think of something.
- Read the ingredients, OK folks, why? Health is not just about calories. Eczema, psoriasis, headaches, yeast infections, tinnitus…so many issues that are borne from or worsened by the chemicals in our foods, it is even harder to imagine I’m sure. Here is the point, focus on a more natural diet and you might free yourself of many issues you didn’t think you could.
- Sodas, energy drinks and sports drinks, if you don’t know what I’m going to say about this, you don’t know me very well. Listen, want to get healthy? Well it will be absolutely impossible if in the year 2012 you continue to drink empty calories filled with chemicals. Solution? WATER!!!! Seltzers, juice, tea…I could go on and on, well I think I might in another blog.
- Eat breakfast, why oh why are we still talking about this? This is one of my most favorite sayings: Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper. Please oh please keep this in mind. I guarantee, yes I said I guarantee, if you eat the “right” breakfast you will lose weight. No, I did not say grab a low fat bagel at Dunkin’ Donuts on your way to work.
- Walk, bike ride as much as possible, park as far away from work and errands as you possibly can and walk briskly to the building. Bring running shoes to work with you, take a 15 or 20 minute walk at lunch every day. Remember to do some of our exercise videos every week (I’m sorry, I couldn’t help myself). Listen, what’s my point? Get moving! Don’t be sedentary.
- Fruits, vegetables, fiber…we simply do not consume as much as we should in this country. So for 2013 make it one of your resolutions. Increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables, I promise, you will feel better. I have to point out, if you’re getting your fiber from Metamucil, some contain aspartame, which is a no, no. Besides, why would you take fiber supplements when there are so many natural ways of sourcing it?
- Water, water and more water, it should be the first thing you drink and drink it throughout the day. Besides all the obvious health aspects of drinking water that you already know about, so many of us are walking around dehydrated all the time. Here’s the thing folks, if you’re at the point where you’re thirsty or parched well, you have simply gone too long without water. Remember, when you’re at the point of being thirsty, your body is desperately in need of a little H2O, no I should say a lot of H2O.
I know I hit you with a lot of information but folks it’s all the little things we do on a weekly basis that create an unhealthy lifestyle. I love walking around a big city or walking down by the beach. I love going to the movies and sporting events and if you love to do all these things like me, but still want to be healthy, you will have to become a little more organized and certainly more aware of the dangerous food that exists in all of these places. So my lasting thought, a little awareness and a little planning my friends, that’s what it will take to be healthy in the year 2013.