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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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10 Fitness Tips For Beginners

10 Fitness Tips For Beginners are solid steps for you if you’re just starting out on your new fitness journey. These tips are also great if you’ve been away from health and fitness for awhile and you’re just getting going again.

Always consult a medical professional before starting any new fitness program to make sure you’re ready for it. The best way to adopt a new fitness focused lifestyle is to find a program you like and stick with it!

10 Fitness Tips For Beginners

  1. Make Your Workout Worth It

If you want to get the most out of your workout, you need to remember that around 80% of the results that you get from your workout actually come from just 20% of your workout.

That means that in an hour’s session, only 12 minutes of the workout will contribute to the bulk of your results. You need to make those minutes really count. Use compound movements that work more than one muscle group at a time to really make the most of your time.

Here are some simple to follow examples of compound movements that you can do anywhere, anytime. Click the link => Carrie Burrows YouTube Play List

  1. Remember To Eat Healthy

Your body shaping goals can only be achieved by eating a healthy diet. If you’re going to the gym so that you can go home and eat a double triple cheeseburger with a 2-person serving of French fries, you won’t do your body any favors ever.

You should make sure that you eat in moderation, and remember that if you’re burning off more calories, you will need to eat that little bit more so that you have enough energy. Balance your nutrition and avoid faddy diets.

  1. Change Your Eating Habits

You need to make sure that you eat properly as well as eating healthily. Eating properly includes eating at the right times of the day. Skipping breakfast can be a really bad idea and you shouldn’t eat too late in the evening either. On the other hand, some people can’t eat breakfast at all.

Here’s how to keep it simple.

If you are overweight, or not in the shape you want to be, your current eating habits aren’t working for you. Speak to a personal trainer or nutritionist (a current one that has been trained in the last decade or has at least kept up with current science) about what would work for you so that you can achieve your goals.

To help you with #2 & #3 you can download this free 139 Low Carb Food Shopping List… just click the picture and download it!

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  1. Plan Out Your Routine

To make sure that you know just when you’re going to be working out and when you can look forward to some downtime, you really should come up with a plan. Remember to include rest days and be realistic about how much time you can make free.

Remember to stick to your schedule as much as possible so that you don’t slide into the habit of skipping the gym and make your targets achievable.

  1. Make A 100% Commitment

You need to remember that your body transformation needs complete dedication from you. You can’t skip a day or two here and there, because you feel as though you deserve it. Plan when your rest day will be and stick to that. Even if you have a vacation planned, check out the local gym, and make sure to take some time each day to continue to work out. Keep up with the healthy eating too.

  1. Don’t Let Perfection And Perception Put You Off

It’s easy to look at a female bodybuilder and suddenly panic. You’re a woman who is trying to lose weight and develop a petite and slender figure and you see these ripped, cut, beefy, thick women.

Or, you scroll Instagram and see these fabulously beautiful, slender, slim, tight 20 somethings and immediately get discouraged by the perfection.

The reality is that it is virtually impossible for women to bulk up like a man; it requires a particular plan and effort and when you were 20 you could probably look like Barbie from Instagram too.

You see the results of hours upon hours in the gym daily. Lifestyles that are out of balance. Full time jobs and sponsorships that pay them to work out.

Your plan will be a lot different than the Barbie or the Barbell body. Stick to a plan that is right for your goals, your needs and your life. You won’t go wrong when you have a plan that is easy to follow and simple to do.

  1. Keep It Simple 

You should remember that you are only starting out with fitness. Familiarize yourself with the basics first to avoid injury and putting yourself off.

We want you to continue with your improvements!

Start off with some shorter sessions and then expand your workouts as you become more confident and as your fitness, levels start to rise.

There is no shame in taking ‘baby steps’ when they lead to bigger steps and jumps and leaps. There is shame in quitting and not getting back up again.

  1. Prepare For Your New Routine

Make sure that you make the time workout and have a rough plan of how you would like your it to go. You need to come up with some realistic goals too. If you want to have 6-pack abs, aim to achieve muscle definition within 6 months! You would like to lose 30 pounds then you need to make sure that the timeframe that you set for yourself is achievable.

If you don’t know what your targets are you will never get there.

  1. Remember Cardio

So you want to get 6-pack abs, bulging biceps, and strong legs? You can’t get those things by just lifting weights. You must remember that while you’re working out, you should fit in a good amount of cardio.

If you’re already carrying excess weight, you need to make sure that you burn off the fat by doing cardio combined with resistance training. Your muscle will start to show through while the fat gets burned away properly.

Fat does not turn into muscle. One gives way to the other. You want a program that speeds fat burning, focuses on lean muscle strengthening and overall fitness.

  1. Use A Visual Inspiration

It is very helpful to have a visual inspiration to keep you motivated to lose weight. Try performing a Google image search to find photos of people who have a body shape and size similar to your own ideals.

Print them out and put them where you’ll see them. Your work desk, on your car dashboard, bathroom mirror or on the fridge. This will ensure that you have a visual goal that will keep you motivated every single day!

Next Steps

Follow these easy 10 Fitness Tips For Beginners and you’ll be on your way to a great new you!

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gluten free paleo pancakes

Gluten Free Paleo Pancakes – 5 Ways

Gluten free paleo pancakes were the showcase on Facebook LIVE last night – you can catch the replay HERE.

Using a base pancake recipe, I put together 5 breakfast combinations that are great for everyone in your family!

Quick, fast, easy and tasty!

I made:

Pancake Fruit Kabobs

My kids ate them and I wasn’t fast enough to get a pic – watch the video!

Blueberry Pancakes With Strawberry Sauce

 

gluten free paleo pancakes

 

Bacon And Egg “Sandwich”- My Healthy Version of a McGriddle

gluten free paleo pancakes

 

Avocado Pancake Toast – (my take on the ever so popular avocado toast)

gluten free paleo pancakes

 

Pancake Dipped Bacon <— not a typo, the real deal

Sadly no pic, once the broadcast was over my kids swooped in and inhaled all of the pancake bacon dippers #Sorry

You can make these pancakes ahead and freeze them. When you are ready to eat, take them out and pop them in the toaster!

Gluten Free Paleo Pancakes Base Recipe

1 1/2 cups of gluten free all-purpose flour (I have Pillsbury and Bob’s Red Mill)
3 1/2 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups of dairy free milk (almond, coconut, cashew)
1 egg
3 tbsp of an oil (avocado, ghee, coconut oil or melted grass-fed butter)
Sweetener (see below)
Water
Directions
If you’re making them to be savory then only add 1 tbsp of sweetener
To make them more traditional add 1/3 cup of sweetener of your choice.
Mix the dry ingredients together with a fork, then add in the milk, egg and oil. Mix well.
It will be thick but you can thin it out little by little with water. You don’t want it soupy.
Heat your griddle or frying pan, I used KerryGold in the pan.
Scoop out the size of pancake you want. Wait for the bubbles to form then flip.
What I like to do is a make one pancake, cook it and taste it. I can adjust the flavor of the remaining batter if need be.
Optional Add in’s
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • butter extract
  • maple extract
  • blueberries
  • Sprinkles
  • Powdered peanut butter
  • Flax seeds, hemp seeds, coconut flakes
  • Seasonings
Get creative!
Coconut Flour Pancakes
gluten free paleo pancakes
In the broadcast I mentioned a coconut flour recipe.
When you use coconut flour, it has the hint of coconut flavor so be prepared for it.
If you don’t like coconut, this might not be for you.
Coconut Flour Pancakes
3 tbsp coconut flour
3 eggs
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp non dairy milk
3 tbsp oil (coconut, avocado or melted grass-fed butter)
1/4 tsp baking powder
2-3 tbsp sweetener of your choice
Blend all of the ingredients together.
Cook on medium heat, scoop out the size of pancake you want.
Once you see the bubbles, flip.
You can use the same add in’s as above.

You have options!

…just have to use them!!!
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I care about me

Do You Care Enough To Live A Healthy Lifestyle

In 20+ years of spending time with people to help improve their health and fitness you get to meet a lot of people who care, but you meet a lot more that don’t care. A healthy lifestyle is just something that they don’t care enough about.

What do they care or not care about? Themselves.

The people who have decided on a healthy lifestyle come from every walk of life there is. Rich, poor, happy, sad, fat, fit, male, female and every other opposite you can think of. They all share one common and powerful trait…they care about themselves.

They also care about those that are in their lives.

Care Vs Don’t Care

They never make excuses why they, ‘can’t’. The use what others call excuses and make them reasons.

Those who don’t care…”I don’t have the time to exercise.”, “I don’t have the time to prepare meals.”
Those who do care…”I’ll make the time.”

Those who don’t care…”I can’t afford it.”
Those who do care…”I can’t afford not to do it.”

Those who don’t care…”I need to spend time with my children.”
Those who do care…”It will give me more quality time with my children.”

Those who don’t care…”I’ve tried everything. Nothing works for me.”
Those who do care…”Other people are fit, I can be too.”

You get the idea. Excuses are like belly buttons; everybody has one.

I love living a healthy lifestyle. I’ve been doing it ling enough that I don’t know any different. It’s just the way I live my life. It’s the way I would love to see everyone live their lives.

It’s a choice…a simple choice. Either you care enough about yourself and your loved ones to live a healthy lifestyle or you don’t.

Living a healthy lifestyle say you care enough about you and your loved ones.

 

Care Enough To Live A Healthy Lifestyle

You either care enough to do everything you can to avoid obesity, being over weight, fat related disease, improving your quality of life and making the best odds at longevity…or you don’t.

The best part…once you decide that living a healthy lifestyle is the best choice, it’s stops being about living a healthy lifestyle, it’s just your lifestyle.

The question is…do you care enough?

What do you think? Let me know, leave a comment.

 

 

If you’re looking to make a lifestyle change and improve your health and fitness, I encourage you to take a look at the programs that I offer. If you’re not ready to make a big commitment, you can try the “3 Day Diet Plan Challenge” for free.

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Win A February Fitness Fun Pack

This Couldn’t Get Any Easier…

Hey my #FitFriend. How are you doing today?

February is the month of love and since I LOVE FITNESS, I think it’s important to share that love with you.

You can win:

  • 2lbs of my Protein Powder
  • 1 Bottle of Fat Burner
  • 1 Tub of Pre-Energy Workout Mix
  • 1 65cm Stability Ball

Here’s how to enter and it couldn’t be easier…

1) Find out how many Weight Loss / Diet Programs I offer on CarrieBurrows.com.

Here is where you find the answer: http://bit.ly/2l9PFR3

2) Complete the minimum entry on Facebook.

  • Like the giveaway post on Facebook
  • In the comments under the post, give the answer to how many programs I offer and if you could win one, which one would it be.

Doing that gets you one entry into the contest.

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Want more chances to win?

  • Tag a friend in your comment and you get two additional entries.
  • Share the giveaway post and you get 5 additional entries.
  • Share this email on Twitter (using the share link below) and you get an additional 2 entries.

That’s it… up to 10 entries to win and it couldn’t get any easier. You don’t have to buy anything at all!

I’ll announce the winner on Facebook Monday evening on my Dr. Carrie Page at 8:30 pm.

Good Luck!!!!