FITTING POWERUP INTO MY SCHEDULE
When I first read about PowerUP, I really liked how they try to make the plan fit into someone’s preexisting lifestyle and schedule. I’m not necessarily the busiest person in the world, but I'm constantly on the go so I don't have a lot of time to look things up or drive to the gym. The structure of the plan helps me with this. I've had some trouble integrating the exercise into my schedule, but I’ve learned how to make the most of my time by exercising in small chunks. My job is very technical so I have to take mental breaks during my work day. I usually try to exercise for 20 minutes or 15 minutes at a time during those breaks.
POWERUP ON THE GO
Sometimes the social aspect of eating is difficult. From a social perspective, it’s almost rude to refuse food that someone offers you even if it’s unhealthy. I’ve had a few situations where I’ve really struggled with this. I talked with my coach about it and we’ve come up with some strategies. I carry a shake with me now in a little portable shaker. I can have the shake as my drink with smaller portions of food. It let’s be me sociable, full, and healthy. Both my husband and I walk around with those little bags of shake mix now!
"My coach, Susie, really gets it. She understands that I have kids and that I work full time. She's very supportive, which is exactly what I need. I've learned to enjoy the experience because of her."
My coach, Susie, really get it. She understands that I have kids and I also work full time. She’s very supportive, which is exactly what I need. I've learned to enjoy the experience because of her. Even when we’re not scheduled to talk, I always let her know if I get stuck with something. It doesn’t mean we have to talk immediately when I encounter an obstacle, but it’s great to have someone who I can easily talk to over the phone or by email if something comes up.
BEING MORE ACTIVE WITH MY KIDS
For the past 8 months or so, I’ve been setting aside times on the weekend for what I call “guilt free” naps. Since I joined the program I’ve felt a lot more energized, probably because I’ve been eating better. I still rest over the weekend, but I don’t really nap anymore. I’ve actually been more active with my kids, which has been a struggle for me in the past because I’m an older mom. Now, we play in the pool a lot more where we have competitions like who can tread water the longest or we’ll race.
CHANGING MY ATTITUDE
"I'm definitely more positive about where I am in my life since joining PowerUP"
I’m definitely more positive about where I am in my life since joining PowerUP. I've learned to approach the obstacles in my life with a better attitude. Even though I’m 46 and I have bad knees, it’s not the end of the world. I look at things like that as challenges that I can overcome. I’ve been really happy adopting this kind of mindset over the past 4 weeks, and it can only get better from here.