The Bank Account Most Women Entrepreneurs Are Neglecting

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We only have so much time, money, and energy. The problem I see with many women entrepreneurs is that most of those precious resources are used to get more clients and grow their bank account through investing in sales, marketing, and social media courses and coaches, while way less of those resources are used on the health side – taking care of their bodies through proper nutrition, hydration, sleep, mental rest, and physical activity.

On a daily basis, I work with women in midlife who have been taking care of everyone else most of their lives and they reach their fifties and wonder what happened to their bodies, when and how did they gain all this weight?

The answer is usually because while taking care of other’s needs, they have putting their own needs on the backburner for far too long.

I find the same being true for most women entrepreneurs, especially in midlife. Many that I meet have worked a corporate job for 30 years and hated it. When they hit midlife, they wanted to start a business and do something they really love – something that will make a difference in people’s lives.

While I love this change of career and newfound purpose, what I often see is the same thing happening – they use their new career to help others, while neglecting to take proper care of their own selves.

Do we women entrepreneurs need to spend our time, money, and energy learning how to build our businesses using marketing, sales, and social media? Absolutely! We need to know these things in order to build our businesses, right? But, the key question is, “At what cost?”

When was the last time you invested your time, money, and energy in a wellness coach?

A wellness coach, like myself, takes a holistic approach to helping you create lifestyle changes such as work/life balance, decreasing stress, increasing the quality of your sleep and nutrition, and most importantly, what this healthy lifestyle leads to is a longer life, which means doing your thing and serving your people for many, many more years, which leads to more money in your bank account.

What I’m suggesting is not that you stop investing in business courses and coaches, but that that you look ahead and use your wisdom to invest in the next 30+ years of your life.

Health must be at the top of your list, especially as a women entrepreneur. While money can buy a lot of things, it cannot buy you your health back. Your health must be earned over time and the time to start is always right now.

If you continued on today, business as usual, what would your health look like in 30 years?

Can you make a few small investments in your health bank account that will compound over time?

Trust that investing your time, money, and energy in your health and self-care will pay you the biggest interest over time.

There are two great ways to start:

  1. Download my free guide – “5 Steps to Becoming a Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise Woman Entrepreneur in Your 50s” here: http://www.transformationwellnessforwomen.com/healthy-wealthy-wise/
  2. Join my free Facebook group – “Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise Women Entrepreneurs in Midlife with Kim Acedo” here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/healthywealthyandwisewomenentrepreneurs/

Remember, serve your people, but also serve yourself. Over time, you will find that both your money bank account as well as your health bank account will overflow. Isn’t that what you want for you? And isn’t that what you want for your clients?

Be the change. Set the example. Inspire your clients through your healthy way of life.

 

 

 

3 Principles for Eating Healthy While Working From Home

Midlife woman working from homeWhen you work from home, it’s easy to combine work with everything else you do at home, including eating. If not careful, mindless eating can lead to weight gain and overall poor health over time.

The following three major principles will help you make the best food choices while working from home, and if implemented, can move you toward the healthy, wealthy, and wise woman entrepreneur you were meant to be!

Principle #1: Don’t mix eating and working.

This includes eating while you’re working as well as where you’re working. Separate your work and your meals as much as possible. Work can often cause stress, which triggers a physiological response to grab an unhealthy snack. What’s more, when you’re eating while working, your mind is on your work and off what you’re putting in your mouth.

Whether you work at your kitchen table, dining room table, or home office, don’t eat there (even if you’re not working at the same time). Your work area should be solely for work and your eating area should be solely for eating. Just sitting at your work station can bring feelings of stress or anxiety. These emotions can seep into your meal time and affect being present and mindful during your meal. Mainly, do your best to separate eating and working entirely.

Transformation Tip: Strive to make eating a single-task activity, meaning when you’re eating you’re not doing anything else – you’re not working, watching TV, or talking on the phone. Instead, try to practice mindfulness by eating slowly enough to really taste and appreciate the flavors and textures of your food. Being mindful and present when you eat helps you grow a healthier relationship with food.

Principle #2: Don’t keep tempting unhealthy foods at home. 

Being an entrepreneur requires being faced with a variety of choices everyday. You are constantly making decisions, which drains your willpower throughout the day. Keeping unhealthy foods out of the house and only healthy foods readily available will help you make healthy choices. When you make healthy food choices, your confidence improves as well as the proud feeling of accomplishment that you did something good for yourself. On the other hand, choosing unhealthy foods does the opposite, so keep those away.

Transformation Tip: While it’s okay to eat unhealthy foods from time to time, keep ALL of those foods out of the house. Instead, make the commitment that you’ll only eat unhealthy foods on special occasions that are reserved for when you go out.

Principle #3: Don’t eat when you’re not hungry.

This seems pretty obvious, but when you’re an entrepreneur, you understand that your day can be up and down at any given time. Perhaps you’re writing an article and get stuck or you just got off the phone with an unhappy client. It’s easy to walk into the kitchen and grab some comfort food, but it only “comforts you” for a short time. Soon afterwards, it can lead to guilt, shame, and make you feel even worse than before you ate it. What’s more, unhealthy foods often sit like a brick in our stomachs and make us feel lethargic and tired, which doesn’t lead to our best work.

Transformation Tip: Don’t eat when you’re not hungry, even if it’s healthy food. It’s a bad habit. Instead, fight through the “stuckness” or “negative” feelings by finding other ways besides food to get through the moment. Perhaps you call up a trusted colleague or go for a stroll in the sunshine. Find what works for you.

I hope these principles were helpful for you as you continue to build a thriving business and thriving health simultaneously.

I’d love to continue to support your healthy, wealthy, and wise journey!

Join my free Facebook community and be amongst other like-minded and like-hearted women who are on a mission to living healthy, wealthy, and wise in their 50’s!

 

Sit Too Much When Working From Home? Try my 5 “Movement Snacks”

If you think you sit too much while working from home, you probably do.kim acedo feb pic

A study found that just one hour of sitting increased the rate of metabolic syndrome by 26%. Metabolic syndrome is basically a group of risk factors that raises your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

If you already have at least three of these risk factors, you qualify as having metabolic syndrome: 1) A large waistline, 2) A high triglyceride level, 3) A low HDL cholesterol level, 4) High blood pressure, and 5) High fasting blood sugar. Continue reading “Sit Too Much When Working From Home? Try my 5 “Movement Snacks””

My Top 3 “Don’t Do’s” This Holiday Season

Holiday Don't Do's, health and fitness, midlifeI can give you a ton of tips on how to survive the holiday season, but is that REALLY what the holidays are about in midlife?

Instead, my hope is to help you look forward to the holidays this year because you have created a plan that makes you “in charge” of the holidays, as opposed to the holidays being “in charge” of you.

To help you with this, here are My Top 3 “Don’t Do’s” This Holiday Season: Continue reading “My Top 3 “Don’t Do’s” This Holiday Season”