The question I get asked a lot is “How do you do it all?” I quickly try to regain my composure, because inside I am laughing and outside I am shaking my head. I then begin the story of how I absolutely do not.
I think of myself like a duck, Quack Quack. I am calm on the surface and paddling like mad under the water.
I think there is a belief from looking in the window of someone else’s life that the life/balance juggle is easier for some. I don’t think any of it is easy.
The short answer for me is that I don’t. I can’t do it all. I am just finally in a place where I am ok with tearing apart this illusion to show you behind the curtain.
I want to mentor and guide other women to create a life they love without compromising their lifestyle. Most of the time, I am able to make an impact by clearing up food confusion so people, like you, feel educated about the foods to eat to get the weight off and keep it off.
The truth is, most of the weight loss has to do with emotional and psychological weight loss. It is mental, so this piece of TRYING TO DO IT ALL is important to me to consider.
One of the biggest ways I can illustrate this is to discuss my big and little rocks. The rocks are my priorities and the order of my values.
The big rocks:
One of the reasons I am most passionate about sharing CarpenterOne80 with the world is the freedom I found when I understood how exercise fits into the weight-loss equation.
I formerly believed that exercise was the way to control my weight. I would sacrifice more than I care to admit to get the time in with cardio. I would punish myself, exercise hours a day, I felt exhausted, hungry, and miserable.
Now, I exercise because I like the particular exercise. I might work out 4 times a week, for 30 minutes a day. It is about feeling strong, flexible, healthy, and maintaining lean muscle.
I work out to clear my head and benefit from the endorphins. The time freedom from not spending so much time exercising has made this an important part of my weekly schedule but allows me to have more time with the people I love most.
This is first because this changed my daily everything. When I learned to slow down and rank order my priorities, I found exceptional clarity.
DKC and I decided as a couple, our mission was to raise great adults, and we were 2 of those adults. That has given us a TRUE NORTH our entire marriage. Since we knew #raisinggreatadults was what we were about, having a spiritual life first, exceptional marriage second, then kids, then work, we have been able to keep the main thing the main thing. We know what comes first.
This sounds easy. Rest assured, it was not. It took time to decide on and commit to. It takes incredible effort and discipline to stay on track with. Part of not doing it all, is realizing with the right priorities for our family, we simply cannot do it all.
I was raised in the church, I couldn’t hear anything. I showed up, I kept going, I was doing what I knew was right, but I was empty while I was there. I still went, I took my family, we positioned ourselves to receive.
It was that for years. The kids crawling in pews, passing out snacks, hoping to make it through service.
Eventually, it shifted. I’ll skip all the middle part from nothing to everything. The point is, the shift happened and God became #1 for DKC and for me,
I have to think about what I think about, above all things. Learning to control my thoughts & everyday work strengthen my mental game is a big rock. It is a discipline, however, when I show up to this each day, I handle the little things that come my way so much better.
One of my adjustments:
There is so much comparison in the world and years ago I fell victim to the early days of @PotteryBarn Halloween costumes, @Pinterest first birthday parties, etc. Eventually, I realized that the pictures I was seeing were not my reality. I had to be very practical and take this out of my screen time. When I took the pressure off my shoulders of trying to keep up with this, I returned to a sense of peace and knowing that I was doing right for my family. I needed to keep my eye on my own life (like we have to keep our eyes on our own paper at school).
As we enter the holiday season, I hope you find comfort and joy because you are also able to focus on the important things in your life.
If it is time for you to make yourself one of the priorities, if you think about losing weight all the time but haven’t been able to, if you’ve tried a variety of programs only to gain the weight back, if you feel sad or discouraged because this extra weight is holding you back, if you feel like losing weight will help you love yourself & your body… then consider joining my next small group.
I hope you create a lifestyle you love when you look and feel your very best and have weight loss without hunger. You’ll feel educated and understand how to balance your plate and how true weight loss and weight maintenance happens. I so badly want to help you have food peace so that it permeates in all areas of your life!
Here’s to a Healthy Happy Holiday Season!