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Monday, October 26, 2009

Don't Put You in the Back Burner

Dear Boys and Girls,

Back in 2007, I let life get the best of me. My divorce, my dad's death, the end of a doctoral degree, a job search all became too much for me. I somehow made the decision, because YES it was a decision, that I didn't have time to eat healthy and to exercise.

The result? After having gone through that period of struggling, I felt fat and miserable.

If you are in this situation now, if what I'm saying is calling your name: listen up!

Life will inevitably happen. It will ALWAYS and I mean ALWAYS get in the way. Your spouse will get sick, your pet will die, you will get laid off, you'll get a sinus infection, back pain, you'll be evicted, you'll get depressed, SOMETHING will always happen.

When it does, yes, it might be time to cut back SOME on your workouts, but never to abandon them. When life gets tough, it means you'll probably have to CHANGE YOUR PLAN.

I know it's tough to eat well during difficult times. It's like your body craves comfort food. But, you do have control over what you put in your mouth. Don't let yourself off the hook. Don't let your family let you let yourself off the hook.

You have to make the time, even if you think you don't have any, to take care of yourself.

I know you're saying, but my child/husband/dog/friend needs me. This cookie needs me! They do, and I know it, sometimes working out and/or eating clean feels like it's too much of a pain, too much of a hassle. And it often is a pain in the neck! It's also probably the easiest thing to let go of because you're probably too busy reacting to life to complain.

Please believe me when I tell you that I am speaking from the heart and not from a high and mighty place. It honestly pains me to see my customers tell me that they have fallen off the wagon hard because of circumstances in their lives.

What will happen when things slow down, go back to "normal" or rather, to what seems manageable? You'll go back to P90X or Slim in 6, you'll go back to eating clean...until the next crisis happens.

And yes, you will be caught in the never ending cycle of the YO-YO.

Don't be a yo-yo. Modify if you need to! (I hear Tony Horton's voice saying, Modify! Modify! Modify, if you need to!) If you need a coach, lean on him or her just a bit. That's the beauty of BeachBody! You have a personal coach to serve as your accountability partner.

If I'm your coach, I would love to hear from you. I can't give you the drive and will to succeed, but I can be there to respond to your emails and push you along.

You really are worth it. Believe that.

Much love to you and now bring it!
Barbie, PhD

(In writing this post I feel like I'm speaking to at least 4 of my coachees. So, yea, if this speaks to you, it probably was written just for you.)


Carl Mason said...

Love it! Great blog, Barbie! Thank you for continuing to inspire us!! We love Barbie!!

screwdestiny said...

Very inspiring blog. It's pretty easy for me to fall off the wagon with exercising if life is going crazy, but whenever I get back to it I'm like, "Man, this feels good! Why did I ever stop?" As far as eating though, it's weird. When I'm super stressed or depressed, I lose my appetite and have a really hard time eating. It's like my body is so focused on the other stuff going on that it doesn't care about food, even if my stomach is telling me it's hungry. But I guess that's lucky.

Virginia said...

Thank you for posting this. I really needed to hear some encouragement. You are awesome!