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living a balanced life

5 Ways To Living A More Balanced Life

Living a balanced life is the goal for a lot of people.

Creating a work-life balance can be tough. It is very hard to find the delicate balance between a happy boss and happy home life. There are a few things that you should do both at work and at home to create a balanced life.

Because this is such an important topic, it has been covered by groups like Mental Health America, Web M.D., Forbes, and Business News Daily. Instead of sending you all over the Internet to try and find some tips to help you manage your time and create a work-life balance we’ve combined them into five tips that you can create a more balanced life both at home and at work.

Living A Balanced Life

  1. Create a Routine

One of the best routine tools to use at work is to make a list of tasks based on priority. Prioritizing your work allows you to get the most important things done and using a checklist allows you to see what you have achieved during the day. Having a daily routine will make you less stressed about what you will do each day at work.

Routines are great for home as well. They let everyone know what’s going on and when. However, sometimes you need downtime too. Don’t be afraid to allow yourself and your family some downtime. You can even put it on the calendar if you want to. Scheduling in downtime for you and your family is a great way to make sure you all are able to relax and bond together.

  1. Telecommute

If you can telecommute to work especially on days where you are sick, your children are sick, or the commute will be extra-long due to weather or outside circumstances. Telecommuting is a great way to provide your employer with what they need while giving you some breathing room.

  1. Learn to Say No

Many of us think we don’t have the ability to say no at work. This results in taking on too many tasks, working overtime, and being stressed about not being able to get everything done. If there’s a job you know, you won’t be able to get done or that you are not suited for say no. You may be surprised at how well this is received by your employer.

It is important to learn how to say no to social events and home life events that will be too taxing as well. Maybe you have social obligations that are just too draining, or don’t allow you enough time with your family in the evenings. Cutting these out will help you find balance.

  1. Learn Your Employer’s Policies

Learning leave, vacation, sick, and disability policies are paramount. Also, learn what telecommunication systems your company has in place. If there aren’t any, you may need to ask. This will alleviate any stress if you need to use vacation or sick days or if you need to telecommute.

If you have children, learn their school’s policies too. Knowing the procedure for turning in sick notes, calling out for the day, or showing up late is going to save a lot of headache for both you and them!

  1. Communicate

Let your employer know what’s going on. Let them know where you’re at on individual projects, if you’re going to be on time ahead of deadline or behind on schedule. Communicating these vital elements to your employer will alleviate stress on the job.

At home, communication is essential. This is even more so if there are a marriage and kids at home. Make sure you are letting everyone know what is going on with you. In addition, you need to know what is going on with everyone else.

Set a family meeting once a week to discuss upcoming events, stress points, things that may need planning and other elements of life that could cause stress if not well planned. This simple act will aid in your ability to find that balance between work and home.

These five steps will help you find some balance in your busy life. What are some ways that you have found a balance between work and home that weren’t on our list?

 

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mother's day

Mother’s Day: A DAY? WHAT WAS THAT?

Happy post Mother’s Day!

The best part of my life is being a Mom! Without a doubt… owner, operator, coach, trainer, motivator, doctor… there isn’t a title I could live without except, MOM. That is the most important title I have and the one I love more than any other.

Yesterday, Mother’s Day 2017. Oh the build up… the hype, the sales, the promises, the cards, the flowers, the breakfast, lunch, dinners and more! An amazing day… WHAT, A DAY??

A DAY?? THAT’S ALL WE GET? ONE FREAKING DAY?

Presidents get a day and there’s only been 45 of them.
July 4th gets a day.

Teachers get a week and they only play teacher for 8 hours a day with weekends, holidays and summers off.

Mother’s Day should be a month long celebration, with a massive one week build up and a day that every mom get’s everything they want for free.

Think… Thanksgiving, or Christmas. Massive build up for one day.

Don’t Mother’s deserve the same?

OK… rant over. I actually have some stuff to talk about here…

Mother’s Day can be a tough one for a lot of women. A lot of us spend some of the day reflecting on the moms that we’ve lost. (Especially if they were gone too soon).

I lost my Mom on my 20th birthday. Yes, actually on my 20th birthday.

There are so many things that happen daily, that I wish my Mom was here for. She never got to see me be a mom… I think she’d like what she would see though. There is a whole lot of her in my ‘mothering’.

My Mom passed early because of poor health. It has been a driver for me for the last 20+ years.

Your family wants to celebrate a lot of Mother’s Days with your.

Carrying 20 extra pounds increases your health risks – that is just science. Risky behaviors do the same.

Your family wants you around for a long time, trust me.

You want to be here for them.

Make that a part of your WHY to be healthy and stay healthy.

It’s not a punishment to be disciplined with your eating and exercise. It’s just what you do to maintain good health and longevity.

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Making sure you have lots of Mother’s Day celebrations ahead is pretty easy…

Do you even have a routine or just make things up as you go along?  Winging it…that’s where things go sideways. You can’t have a goal without a plan.

Life is crazy right?!

Things change daily, kids get sick from school, family issues happen, work is chaos, car breaks down, you get injured…etc etc etc…so how do you plan around that?

You have systems in place that allow flexibility.  You can have routines in place which give you a path to follow. Almost always the best paths are the ones that other’s have walked before you showing the easier, more successful route.  Those paths and systems make for at least 80% of the results you are seeking in everything you do in life. 

Otherwise you’ll do what most people do; achieve just a small percentage of what they say they want.

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What do I mean by routines and systems?

  • scheduling priorites
  • days you are working out on
  • food prep day
  • shopping days
  • family activities
  • the time you wake up (Pro tip: get up 30 minutes earlier)
  • when bed time is roughly (Pro tip: go to bed 30 minutes earlier)
  • social activities

“But, Carrie, I don’t want to live my life out of a daily planner”.  If that’s your first thought then you are basically saying that you don’t really want to achieve the goals you claim you do. You are making it up each and every morning you will be making your choices and decisions out reaction, out of immediacy and hurry which leads to living in stress rather than within priorities, purpose, intent and time.

Everything that is successful around us was built on a system. Everyone who is successful has systems in their life making things easier, more efficient, faster and flexible.

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Need some motivation?

You might think that you don’t have the motivation to take on a healthy lifestyle change… but you do.
Give yourself more credit than that. Use whatever you need to get you started.  Look at your kids or your family, that is motivation to do better!!!
You are a role model to someone.

Plan and prepare don’t just try to wing it, it does’t work like that.

Make small changes everyday.

I have programs that pretty much fit every lifestyle, need and situation. Not knowing what to do is an excuse… the Internet is full of information. Having a plan or a system is easy… choosing the right one for you may be a little harder.

Commit to better, that’s where you start.

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10 Minute Meal - Balsamic Glazed Beef Roll-Ups

10 Minute Main Course: Balsamic Glazed Beef

10 Minute Meal as a main course dish that is easy, fast, paleo and packed full of protein and veggies? Is it possible? Can it be done? Sure is and I did it! (Video Below)
One of the biggest reasons excuses I hear from people describing their struggle with eating healthy is, “I just don’t have the time to cook.” Well, put that one in the trash bin…read on.

Balsamic Glazed Steak Roll Ups

This is a 10 minute meal!

Ingredients
Family portion of protein.
Salt, pepper, garlic powder
Veggies of your choice – julienne chop
Balsamic Glaze
1.5 tsp oil (avocado, olive)
3-4 cloves of crushed garlic
1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup of liquid aminos (coconut aminos) or light soy sauce
2 tbsp red wine vinegar or worchestershire
2 tsp Splenda brown sugar (or coconut sugar or splenda)
Directions:
Heat the oil and add in the garlic.
Let that cook for about a minute.
Add in the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let it simmer on low for another 5 minutes. While that’s happening…
Season your choice of protein. You can use chicken, pork or steak, very thinly sliced.

I used flank steak.

Seasoning that I used:  garlic powder, salt (Himalayan) and ground black pepper.

Cut your meat or have it cut so that it is thin and wide enough to wrap around your veggies.
Roll Options:
-red, yellow, green pepper
-onion
-zuchinni
-sprouts
-spinach
Season your meat with salt and pepper. I also sprinkled garlic powder on the meat.
Add your veggies to the meat.
Roll the meat to wrap the veggies inside.
Place seam side down on your pre-heated (medium-high) pan.
Cook 3-4 minutes per side.
Cover the meat with your balsamic glaze and reduce the heat to medium.
You need to continue to baste and turn your meat until it is cooked through.
This is an awesome meal that can be done in just 10 minutes.
Pro Tip:
Chop up some extra veggies and add them to the pan with a little water to act as a deglazer so that they get to enjoy the awesome glaze as well!
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6 tips to making meal prep a breeze

6 Tips To Make Meal Prep A Breeze

Meal prep is what will you set you apart from the rest of the world when it comes to making the time to prioritize health and fitness in your life. The 6 tips will be game changers for you if you struggle with time!

Time is always everyone’s big struggle. “If I only had more time.” Sorry about your luck, but everyone from the corporate executive to the mom with four kids to the single twenty something grad student all share the exact same amount of time.

It’s not more time we need…it’s making the most of the time we have and one of the best ways to do that is to schedule it.

Yes, schedule your health and fitness time. Let’s face it, if your health sucks, so does everything else in your life. Maybe not today, probably not tomorrow, but ignore your health long enough and everything else will go with it.

Time for making healthy meals is one of the areas that my clients always find challenging when we start together and with a few simple tips, they become time shifters!

Meal Prep Tips: 6 tips to make meal prep a breeze!

  1. Schedule The Time
    There are two times you need to schedule. In the evenings to prepare lunch, breakfast and snacks for the next day. A block of time on Saturday or Sunday (or whenever you enjoy a day off) to batch prepare food. You won’t need more than 20 minutes an evening or 2 hours on your free day.
  2. Design A Menu
    For me this was HUGE! I lay out in menu form what my families meals will look like for the coming week. (I actually do two weeks at time). This guides me for my shopping needs, my batch prep time and saves a lot of time and ‘last minute mistakes’, “There’s nothing to eat”
    There’s always something to eat when you plan it, make it, prepare it.
  3. Storage
    Don’t overlook this super simple fact of life. Having the proper storage containers makes EVERYTHING about meal prep easier. From portion size, to convenience, having great storage containers that can go from the fridge/freezer to the microwave and be your plate saves time and
    money!
    I use the “FitPakcer – Meal Prep Containers” pictured on the left and centre [AF]. There are lots of different options available.6 tips to making meal prep a breeze Fitpacker
  4. Pre-Packaged Healthy Foods Can Help
    Pre-cut vegetables, microwave veggies, rice, pre-cooked chicken, turkey…all of these can come in handy and really cut down on prep time. But, make sure you read the labels. You want just the pure food that is on the label with minimal additives and preservative and NO ADDED SUGAR!
  5. Shop Smart
    Foods and supplies that can be bought in bulk are the way to go, but you can’t always do that with fresh foods and you need to buy a couple of time per week. I shop for bulk items whenever I can so that my quick trips to the grocery store are just that.
    Make a list and stick to it that is designed from your menu. This will save you time and money.
  6. Make It A Family Affair
    I involve my kids and my husband in our meal planning and the prep. The kids love having input into what the menu will be for supper and for their lunches and the extra hands on batch prep days makes for less time in the kitchen and more time for play and fun!

I guarantee when you use these 6 tips to make meal prep a breeze you will save time and money and it won’t take long before it becomes fast and second nature!

Do you use any of these tips already?  Let me know how it works for you and what other tips and tricks you use to stay pin track.

If you haven’t used any of these, try it and let me know how much of a game changer it is for you!

 

Health and fitness became a priority for Brett Young.

Say Hi To Mr. Brett Young

Meet Brett Young. This guy is awesome!Health and fitness became a priority for Brett Young.
I’ve known Brett for a few years now. It all started back when I was active on the Walt Disney World Mom’s Panel and doing a lot of promotion of two of my passions at the time…Disney and running.

Brett and I first connected on-line through our mutual interests of Disney and running but most of all, health and fitness in 2011. Brett had already begun a transformation, but the Brett I met then, is not the Brett we all see now!

CAN YOU SEE THE DIFFERENCE!!

Brett made a choice…and amazing choice it was. This was Brett 9 years ago when he made that choice. It was a very simple choice. In his own words;

“9 years ago, today, I made a bet with myself. Change something. Do something. Anything. Why? I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. Tired of walking up stairs and having to stop to catch my breath. Sick of having to keep adding notches to my belt. Tired of buying big graphic shirts so that I could camouflage what was underneath.”

I’ve watched Brett’s journey both online and in person. I was at a running expo and I heard a voice ask, “Carrie Burrows?” It was Brett and we were finally meeting in person!2000 people at a RunDisney Expo, a 1200 mile journey to run 26.2 miles and 2 Canadians are able to meet in real life. What are the chances of that!!

I’ve even had the pleasure to run with him. #JustKeepRunning

Brett is an absolute inspiration. 9 years ago when he made that bet with himself it didn’t matter to him it might take time to make his transformation…what mattered to him was the end results and to Brett, those results never end. He knows that it was lifestyle choices that he was giving up 9 years ago and that it is lifestyle choices that he still enjoys…just different ones.

Now Brett enjoys the lifestyle choices that come with a love of health and fitness. The choices that allow for greater longevity and more enjoyment.

What he has done is nothing extraordinary. It was lots of little changes that made a BIG difference. Once again in his words;

“Change something. Move forward. Walk the perimeter of a gym. Now jog. Now run. Move forward. Eat different. Eat fuel. Eat balanced. Move forward. Get injured. Deal with it. Move on. Move forward. Challenge yourself. Get scared. Train harder. Run a half marathon. Get less scared. Sign up for a full marathon. Get scared. Train harder. Move forward. Get injured. Deal with it. Run a full marathon. Take it to #RunDisney. Don’t be scared. Move forward. Train harder…Be consistent. Keep training….Move forward…..one day at a time.”

How Did He Do It?

Here is the exact secret to Brett’s transformational journey.

  • He ate the right foods to fuel his body.
  • He exercised.
  • He said good-bye to old negative habits.
  • He embraced a new healthy lifestyle.
  • He kept (keeps) going.

Was every step of the journey positive and perfect? No. Not at all. But when he stumbled, he got up, dusted himself off and picked up where he left off.

He never quit. He didn’t fail.

I am so proud of you Mr. Brett Young! You are a true inspiration!!!

Health and fitness changes are what has made Brett into who he is now.
To learn more about Brett, follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

Here are links to the pictures used:
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https://www.instagram.com/p/BPfLvvkgNHm/

FULL DISCLOSURE: Brett is not a client of mine and he didn’t use any of my services to reach his goals. He did what you can do. He made a decision to change.

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January 17th is officially Ditch Your Resolutions Day so you could do that or you could think about why you made a resolution in the first place.

Ditch Your Resolutions Day

Happy “Ditch Your Resolutions Day.”

Yup…it’s actually a thing. January 17th is the day set aside for all you well-intentioned resolution makers to throw in the towel and forget that those last 17 painful, uncomfortable and deprived days.

Too bad…science says it takes 21 days to create a new habit or break an old one…you are so close!! But, why put off till tomorrow when you can ditch your resolutions today.

I’m not much of a resolution setter as much as I’m a reflective person. I look back at the last year, figure out what I liked, didn’t like. What I want more of, what I want less of and I go from there.

I’m actually against New Year fitness resolutions. Who wants to decide that January 1 is a great day to start getting healthy? The gyms are packed!

Everyone involved in the shady side fitness industry is launching their new, “NEVER BEEN SEEN BEFORE WEIGHT LOSS MIRACLE POTION”…no thanks.

Worse, that kind of stuff kills the information stream of the legitimate fitness pros that actually offer solid programs based on science and facts.

STICK WITH IT

If you did make a fitness resolution…just keep going! Don’t quit….even if it’s hard. As the quote has been attributed to Winston Churchill says, “If you’re going through hell, just keep going!” It will get better, easier. Hell is no place to stop! STICK WITH IT

Remember why you decided to make the resolution. Get healthy, get fit, lose weight, lose fat, get sexy? It doesn’t matter why you made it…STICK WITH IT!  You had to want to change fro some reason so keep going.

Don’t expect to be perfect…just aim for it. You’re going to make mistakes, give in to cravings, miss a workout but that’s no biggie! Those are speed bumps…they slow you down, but they don’t stop you. STICK WITH IT!

IT’S A LIFESTYLE

 

Let’s say you buy a lottery ticket and tomorrow morning you wake up to find out you won 50 million dollars.

You would get rid of your old car for a new one. Probably get a new house or a second home in some amazing location. You would probably upgrade a lot of things in your life.

Would you refer to your new way of life in temporary terms?

Of course you wouldn’t…it would be your new lifestyle. Out with the old, in with the new. New thinking, new outlook, new priorities.

That’s what health and fitness improvements need to be seen as. Not a temporary change, but a new awesome lifestyle.

You wouldn’t cry over giving up your 7-year-old car for a new one so why would you need to go back to garbage food when you can have great food!

You’re giving yourself an awesome gift…improved health. You can do it, stick with it. Don’t ditch your resolutions. Leave that to someone who doesn’t care about their health.

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Joni has every excuse available to keep her from making her health and fitness a priority.. In stead, she uses those excuses as reasons to make her health and fitness a priority.

Meet Joni

I am so proud of Joni.

She is the real deal. Down to earth, funny, smart and a self-proclaimed foodie.

Joni has every excuse available to keep her from making her health and fitness a priority.. In stead, she uses those excuses as reasons to make her health and fitness a priority.

Joni has a stressful career (lawyer)

She is a Mom to 3 little ones.

Her husband works shifts.

She also runs her own business (after being a full-time lawyer) focusing on helping others.

She is active with her children and her community.

To say her life is full, is an understatement BUT she makes it work.

She multitasks like a boss.

Not too long ago, Joni made her health a priority. She wanted to feel better.

Eating healthy is something she does for herself and her family.

She carved out what time she had left in her day or she got up a little earlier to fit in a workout.

Joni made it important. She made health and fitness a priority.

This girl could’ve come up with reason after reason why she just couldn’t but decided that it was more important that she gave herself all of the reasons why she should!

Joni looks fantastic!!!!!

  • She didn’t suffer on some crazy juice diet.
  • No ridiculously long workouts.
  • She ate real food that she fed to her family.

Look at that smile!!!!

Wherever you are, just know you can do something.

“if you don’t quite believe in yourself yet, that is ok. You can borrow our belief in you until you get there!”  ~Joni

Wise words Joni!!!

I want this to motivate and inspire you.

Take action, any kind of action.

You Are Worth it!!