Not long ago, I was working at my desk, checking my schedule for the week and living the virtual assistant lifestyle when I realized something. I’m not healthy. I’m tired all the time. I’m overweight. I don’t like the way I look or feel. How exactly did this happen?
At first I wasn’t sure. Don’t get me wrong—the work at home part of this equation is fabulous. I love having a flexible schedule and being home to raise my son while making a living doing something I love. But somehow, in the course of this, I got lazy.
The Danger Zone
First, I realized that I have access to my kitchen 24/7. When I used to work at a brick-and-mortar business, I would eat breakfast before I left home and I’d pack a lunch. Then I’d come home in the evening and make dinner. Now I found myself snacking throughout the day. I could just run into the kitchen and grab a quick bite or heat something up in the microwave whenever I wanted.
Computer Chair Butt
Then I realized how much of the day that I sit. All of my work revolves around sitting at the computer. At my offline job, I’d have to get up and go into different offices and parts of the building throughout the day. Now I can just sit here. I’ve designed my office in such a way that everything I need is at my fingertips. This is great from a productivity standpoint but not so good for my backside.
You Snooze You Lose
To add to all of this, I found that I was tired all the time. You know how much work goes into setting up and running your own business. You’re learning this yourself as you create your virtual assistant business. It seems there is always something to do and the whistle doesn’t blow at 5pm to end your day. Not to mention that you have things going on outside of your work life, like being there for your family. I wasn’t sleeping well, or enough, and I didn’t have the energy I needed to play with my son during my off time.
So what did I do about all of this? I did what any good solopreneur did. I whined and felt bad about myself. Okay, I did that for about a week—but then I took action! I realized that nothing was going to happen unless I made a change. I am now on a mission to get healthy. Here’s how I started.
Make Better Choices
Instead of walking into the Danger Zone when I enter my kitchen, it’s now a safer place to be. I started buying and eating more whole foods. I didn’t start with a complete overhaul of my fridge, but I made gradual changes. Over time, we used up the processed, boxed foods and began to purchase healthier, fresh options for our meals. I had already been cooking at home versus eating out for quite some time, but now I’m using fresh ingredients and a lot more veggies. Now, if I pop into the kitchen for a snack, I’m only faced with healthy options.
Move It to Lose It
I started taking a class at my local gym three days a week and I absolutely love it! I’m very proud to tell you that I’ve now been going there for five weeks! That’s a record for me when it comes to sticking with working out! The gym that I attend has a playroom for kids with staff who monitor them while you work out. This has been great for Danny and me. He gets interaction with other kids. I get some “me” time and we’re both out of the house and socializing!
I also decided to try and go to bed a little earlier. I did that gradually as well, starting with 15 minutes earlier each night until I was finally going to bed an hour earlier than I used to. That has done so much for my energy coupled with the fact that I’m working out and eating better. I find that I feel more awake and alert during the day and while I’m working. I also have more energy to run around with my three year-old. After all, he’s the biggest reason that I wanted to work from home.
These are just a few small examples of how I’ve started to make changes to live a healthier work-at-home lifestyle. In the process, I met an awesome online friend who is not only healthy but motivating and super sweet!
Brittnei Washington will be visiting us here at New VA Advice with some posts that will help you live healthier and feel better. She’s a work-at-home mom just like us with a goal of getting people healthier and loving themselves. You can read the first in her series on the blog here.