For the past 5+ years, I have been working online from my home. What do I do? I am primarily a web designer and online marketer and have a flair for blogging. I have clients based all over the world and I love them all.
I have a lot of freedom working from home (or wherever I am traveling), but can sometimes get so busy that I don’t take the very important time to walk or do exercise. I try to limit my time at a desk by standing, modifying a treadmill in order to work on it, or I’ll buy an exercise bike that’s also a desk in order to stay active.
But that wasn’t always the case.
When I first started working for myself, I didn’t take very good care of myself. I worked 50-60 hours a week and kept telling myself I would make the necessary changes soon. But, of course that never happened. I didn’t take care of the health of my mind or my body.
I started gaining weight (over 50lbs!) and stress and anxiety became the reality of every day. It was a bad combination that kept feeding itself. When I’m stressed, I eat. And when I am out of shape, it adds to the stress. A vicious circle!
Eventually, I had a pretty bad breakdown. Anxiety got out of control and it took me down.
I lost my relationship, lost my health, and nearly lost my mind!
So I started over.
I made two big changes in my life:
1. I started implementing things that I had already known were important, but was choosing to ignore them in order to focus on work: My physical and mental health. Just like stress and weight can be a vicious circle, taking care of your mind and body can be a vicious circle in a positive direction. The more you take care of your body, the better your mental health. The more you take care of your mind, the easier it is to work out. If you’ve ever been in that situation where you are struggling with your mind and body, remember that the circle can work in the other direction as well. Start caring for yourself. Take care of your mind and the rest will start falling into place.
2. The second biggest decision I made was to join The Home Business Academy. This may seem like an odd choice and wonder how it could make such a big impact, but it did. At its core, The Home Business Academy is an online training program that teaches you everything you need to know to succeed online. But the biggest difference it made to me was the fact that they also focus on an area that is so often overlooked for entrepreneurs: mindfulness.
The Home Business Academy has a full training section on mindfulness with training and motivation to help you take care of your mind and outlook on life and your business. This, plus the positive, helpful community, helped me tremendously – with my life and business!
From there, as things started to improve, I wanted more motivation and accountability. Enter WiseJug.com. 🙂
I purchased some BowFlex 552’s, some BeachBody bands for when I am traveling, joined the BeachBody On-Demand service, and started p90x’ing my way to better health working out from home.
I also started getting very interested in eating healthy, weight loss products, protein supplements and powders, and really trying to understand what they are, how they help, and if they actually work. That was the biggest question.
I struggled with my diet though. I was a bit addicted to the bad foods that I ate when I was stressed. But I knew I had to figure it out. I’m sure you’ve heard the motto, “You can’t out-work a bad diet”. That’s so true. Nutrition makes up about 80% of your health efforts.
I tried some diets, supplements, fads, but never got a lot of traction.
It wasn’t until I started following the 3 Week Diet. It worked finally because now I do not cut food. I just fast half day and for the rest of the day, I eat my favorite foods. I still keep it reasonable and healthy usually, but give myself some fun cheat days. 🙂
Initially, it was not easy to chart a plan but I must say that Nate, the founder of 3 Week Diet, is a nice guy. I sent him a couple emails and he responded quickly.
I started losing weight at a decent pace and life has improved so much. I eat what I like to. I’m loving my life.
So WiseJug.com became a passion project devoted to researching products and programs out there, reviewing them to give you information that will be helpful on your weight loss and fitness journey.
With my main web design and internet marketing company, my passion is helping people succeed online, whether they’re just starting out or already have a small business.
WiseJug is no different. It’s my passion to help you achieve your weight loss and fitness goals. If I can help, shoot me a quick email and let me know where you’re struggling.
Thanks so much for visiting the site and I look forward to connecting with you.