I see talented professional women struggling with their weight day after day, month after month, year after year.

We women are super amazing, we put others first — clients, children, husbands. And we survive even when we’re stressed out, frazzled, and overwhelmed with all the responsibility of balancing a career and a family.

Today in session, she told me, “I know when I care for myself (fitness & food) I can be a better support for my clients, children, and husband. But I don’t do it and I’ve gained 40 pounds in the last 4 months from sitting and working from home.

Earlier this week another woman told me that she sits for a living. That cracked me up. But on a more serious note, did you know that sitting is killing you?

Why don’t we put our health first? I have a few ideas…

»» my client is paying me, so I feel like I have to earn that money and work longer and harder
»» the way I got fit before was to spend 2 hours at the gym, I don’t have that kind of time or motivation anymore
»» the joy of being in shape isn’t greater than the joy of having unscheduled leisure time
»» I get so caught up in my work that I forget to eat, and then I’m starving and so I eat whatever I can get my hands on
»» I’m a stress/emotional/compulsive eater

Why should we put our health first? First of all, we are talking about your body, right? Like, the body that transports you to work and the very body you live inside?

Imagine if your house was shabby and sagging and the pipes didn’t quite work, and some drains were clogged.

Eventually we’re gonna get kicked out of our metaphorical “house.” I don’t want you to get kicked out of your house.

It’s not fun feeling like “a big, fat pig” (as one client jokingly called herself in our early days working together), it’s not fun feeling run down, overweight and tired all the time. And I’ve heard it’s not fun to get sick, to worry about doctor visits and insurance issues.

Too often we are inspired to work on our health and weight and cardiovascular system AFTER we receive The Call. And by then it’s too late to avoid doctors and hospitals and medicine.

Change your mindset so that you enjoy healthy activities.

“Without good health, it’s hard to enjoy life. So I’m going to keep myself and my loved ones always healthy.”

  1. Eat more fat. Fat doesn’t make you fat. In fact, since our lovely country started the cholesterol scare, we’ve gotten fatter and fatter and had the highest heart disease ever. Maybe it’s time to eat more fat, not less.
  2. Stop eating processed sugar. The average sugar intake in 2008 was 76.7 grams (19 teaspoons) per DAY. Most of us aren’t literally eating 4 donuts every day, but did you know a bagel has 6 grams of sugar? What other “healthy” foods are you eating that contribute to your sugar intake?
  3. Show up consistently. Starve your belly during the day and it will make you pay for it at night with cravings that are impossible to ignore. Eat a balanced meal, complete with your new friend, Fat, every 3-4 hours to balance your blood sugar levels and avoid diabetes, heart disease and other inflammatory diseases.