This summer has been filled with new chapters in my life, big changes that have me extremely excited for the future. These changes weren’t without challenges though, and throughout the last few months I’ve been reminded repeatedly that I need to set myself up for success on a daily basis.
One of the biggest, most exciting (and most stressful!) changes was my fiance and I deciding to look for a new house when we moved in together. Naturally, we found the perfect house very quickly, so we started the process that I often described as a freight train speeding downhill, to which my guy added “with no brakes.” Buying the new house meant selling my house, so not only were we dealing with packing and moving, but once the house was on the market we couldn’t really dirty up the kitchen since it had to be ready for people to see it with on short notice. I underestimated how fast we would find a new house and I always underestimate the amount of time moving requires, so there was very little chance that we had the time or energy to cook dinner each night.
Yup, that means we ate out. A lot. I did my best to steer clear of my various problem items when it comes to food, but it’s almost impossible to avoid cross contamination when you’re eating out. This meant that on top of the stress that naturally comes with such a huge undertaking, my poor body was also dealing with the stress I was foisting upon it with food, especially when I fell back into poor coping mechanisms and was stress eating entirely too much sugar.
If I had set myself up for success in this situation, I would have prepared well in advance. We’re thinking about looking for a house and selling this one? Great, let me stock the freezer now. If I had spent one weekend batch cooking a few hours each day, that would have made it possible to have at least a month’s worth of breakfast and lunch, plus several dinners. It would have eliminated the time spent going out to find food, which would have increased the amount of time we had to relax and de-stress.
The most important thing that I’m taking away from this experience is to automatically factor in time to set myself up for success. And then double that amount of time. If I make it part of the decision-making process, my health and wellbeing, both physical and mental, won’t be neglected in a mad scramble to get things accomplished. Looking at it through my Health Coach glasses, the recent personal experience will enable me to better guide clients through similar situations where a lot needs to be done in a short period time without sacrificing their health, even temporarily.