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Nix the Corporate "Donut"

Business is bustling for Corporate America. People who work in offices rush to work in thick, stressful traffic, sit at their desks, sit in meetings, and sit some more, then back to the thick, stressful traffic to go home. Feeling like just a cog in the corporate machine, these dedicated people get home late, spend a little bit of time with their families, then do it over again the next day. Companies "offer" incentives to get their employees' health under control to avoid higher premiums.The unfortunate problem is many of these people either don't have time to go to the gym or they don't see their families at night except to tuck them in bed--when they aren't on a business trip, of course. This lifestyle ties people's health in knots.

Some of these people have been my clients over the years. Their lives are very, very stressful. They had to contend with other companies to keep from losing important accounts: no account, no job! It wasn't unusual for them to work 12 hours a day with an hour or more commute to work each day. Sometimes they worked through lunch, not getting important nutrition to fuel them through the day. They may have had a breakfast bar or stopped at the local fast food place on the way, gulping down their food with a chaser of strong coffee. They either kept food in their desks or quickly grabbed something from the vending machine because they felt starved.They shuttled their kids to activities most nights of the week. Dinner was either tossed into the microwave or picked up in the fast food lane. Some of them suffered from blood clots in the legs doe to long hours of sitting. Their only real down time was in the car. Many of them were divorced, not unusual for this lifestyle. The company "owned" them, meaning they were on call even when off-duty. As a result, most were on blood pressure and cholesterol meds, some had type 2 diabetes, a few on blood thinners, and were at least 50 pounds overweight. Executives and managers often told me they their first heart attack by age 40. Business might be bustling, but it's busting these people's health.

Maybe you can relate to them because you ARE one of them. Streamlining and simplifying life at home can help you manage your health while balancing work-home life:

  1. Delegate! Organize your home on a vacation day or two. Enlist the help of your family to get this done. Everyone has a task list of responsibilities to help. Set a day of the week to make sure these are done. Have a command center to keep all of the chore lists.
  2. Detox your meals! Pack your breakfast and lunches with healthy, nutritious food. Get out of that drive-thru! it's killing you.
  3. Check list! Have a grocery inventory checklist. Only put healthy, nutritious, low-cal food on it. Check off anything you run out of so you can re-stock.No junk food allowed.
  4. Get cooking! Pre-cook meals on a day off. Place in freezer for the week. Put the meal in the fridge in the morning for that evening's meal.
  5. Walk, walk, walk!  Don't park close to the building. Take the stairs whenever possible. Get a dose of sunshine with that walk at lunch if possible.
  6. Sprinkle in fitness! Work in your workout in chunks like the 3-10-3 Challenge. You can fire up your metabolism for the day while energizing yourself this way.
  7. De-fuse! Find effective ways to reduce stress. Hire a trainer to give you a compact workout that packs a punch--a stress reducing punch. Or take a class at the gym like aerobic kick-boxing or body pump. Exercise reduces stress which lowers cortisol levels,so you can manage your weight better.
  8. Keep things simple! Simplify the schedule at home. Each family member should make hard choices to keep from running you to death. Teach them a healthy balance. Kids do not need to be involved in activities every day of the week outside of school. Neither do they need to have hours of lessons after school. We had a rule of 1 major thing, and 2 minor extras.Yes,extra-curricular  activities, no more than 1 type of lesson per week. That means a blend of school and church!
  9. Be romantic!  Make a date night with your spouse. Silence your smartphone! Invest in knowing each other more deeply. You married your spouse, not the company.
  10. Relax! Find one day to relax and spend some time with God and your family. Sundays are usually it,but some people must work weekends. If you work on Sunday, find another day when you can worship the Lord and detox from the week.

Life is too short to live only for work.  It also doesn't honor God when you do. He gave you your life and your family, so they take priority for your time and attention. You also need to be a good employee for your company (Colossians 3:18-25). When you balance your life, you can live life.  Follow these principles,so  you will be a much healthier, happier person. May God bless you!

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