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3 Life Hacks to Shed Your Entrepreneurial Fat

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3 Life Hacks to Shed Your Entrepreneurial Fat

I grew up as a ballerina, I trained as a health professional, and I have led health and fitness programs all my life. I have always prided myself on my fit and active lifestyle. That is, until January this year, when I pulled on my boardshorts for an afternoon of stand up paddle boarding.

Oooooeee – were they tight.

These particular boardshorts are over a decade old, and they had always been baggy. Not today.

I felt sick – what had gone wrong?

My conscience already knew the answer. Over the last few years I had transitioned from being a hands on health professional, to being a full time entrepreneurial desk jockey. My love of health and fitness became matched by only one thing – my love of entrepreneurial projects – projects that tied me to a chair.

My traditional routine had been an hour long walk, half an hour spent cooking, and 30 minutes of yoga per day. If I squeezed these things out, I had up to 2 whole extra hours a day that I could spend on my business.

I got a lot done, but deep down I knew it wasn’t sustainable.

It’s not easy to fight for balance when you run your own business, but over six months, I turned this picture (the awful one of me in tight boardshorts) around. If your Small Business has added a few pounds to your waistline, then you might find these life hacks helpful too.

1. Wear that tight piece of clothing for a minimum of 2 hours.

If I had whipped those board shorts off quickly and put my stretchy leggings back on, my motivation to change would not have run deep enough. I purposely spent a whole afternoon in too tight shorts feeling self conscious, uncomfortable and incredulous.

Put on that too-tight-shirt or muffin-top-pants and hang out for a while.  Turn the frustration into motivation.

2. Get Hello Fresh 3 meals a week

Previously a decent cook, I had resorted to processed packet mix dinners to save time. I decided to order Hello Fresh to ensure that I had all I needed to cook a healthy meal from scratch, 3 nights a week.   This is in no way sponsored – there are other versions of recipe based ingredient delivery services around, but this is the one I used.

I literally had to drag myself away from the computer and to the kitchen bench each time, but this service made it very easy to cook something delicious from scratch.

Seems a touch expensive? Perfect! The more expensive you feel it is, the more likely you are to actually cook it to get your money’s worth.

3. Find fitness sessions with an online booking system

I decided to commit to 2 types of exercise sessions each week: Zumba and Yoga. I went to way more Yoga than Zumba. Why? The yoga place had an online booking system and I would book in all my sessions at the start of the week. Locked in and paid for.

Zumba didn’t have a booking system, so I never felt obligated to go, and I had way too many more important things to do.

It wouldn’t be a fat loss fairytale without a happy ending, and this one, as you may have guessed,  ends with baggy boardshorts.

As for my business? Well the bank account seems to have gained the fat that I lost. Turns out ‘balance’ makes me a more effective entrepreneur.

Have you Life Hacked your way to ‘balance’?

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  • Cate Schreck
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    Oh Karen….a very very timely piece for me 🙂 Thanks for the tips.

    • Karen Finnin
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      No worries Cate, i had to be vulnerable sharing this post!

  • Daniela Cavalletti
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    Great article, Karen, thank you.. Definitely one I can easily relate to (apart from the ballerina bit, I was never delicate enough for that!). I agree with planning and accountability being important – booking systems or having a small group to train with really are giving me the necessary kick up the bum when I’m getting lazy or ‘too busy’. I love the idea of wearing those too tight clothes – I’ll give that a go tomorrow. Right after my morning walk I’ve chickened out for a week because it’s ‘too cold’, and later a fresh, home-made salad. Hail the kale!

    • Karen Finnin
      Reply

      Oh Daniela it sounds like you are on a great mission! Keep up the kale lol

  • Desley Cowley
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    This is a great article. Perfect inspiration for me as I have been socialising and picking at those delicious finger foods way too much in the past few weeks. Today is a new day!

    • Karen Finnin
      Reply

      Yes Desley, finger foods and functions are a real trap! Just like going to the supermarket hungry! May we find strength together…

  • Tyson Franklin
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    That was exactly what I needed to hear. I have a few shirts that I describe as ‘touching me inappropriately’, and to overcome this awkward and embarrassing feeling, I’ve been buying larger shirts. They’re comfortable, but it’s teaching me nothing, so this slightly chubby bastard is going to take your advice and wear my ‘touching me inappropriately’ clothing each day as a reminder to put down the beer and exercise more.

    • Karen Finnin
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      Oh Tyson i love that so much! I got good at pretending i just ‘didn’t like’ certain clothing when in fact i now realise it was just ‘touching me inappropriately’. Embrace the ‘touch’….at least around the house anyway…

  • Linda Wilson
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    Can really relate to this Karen. After sitting down for a month to write a book things went decidedly ‘south’. In the last few months I have made a recommitment to my physical health and ‘movement’ is a key componant so I started a local walk. Many of my clients have become involved which is wonderful as it supports the wholistic approach to health that I subscribe to. Might see you there one day, sneakers -not ballet slippers a must 🙂

    • Karen Finnin
      Reply

      Linda that walking group sounds awesome, and you are the best person to know how wonderful it is for our brain as well as our body. Thanks for the comment and the reminder to us all to keep movement in our lives.

  • Lucinda
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    Hi Karen, I absolutely loved your article. Thank you so much for peeling back the layers (figuratively and literally!) to share this personal story. I love your tips. I too book in my classes on a Sunday night, and in terms of meals, I try to do most of this in a batch on Sunday so there’s no excuse for not eating well during the week if things get super busy.

    I’ve been really regimented with exercise over the past couple of years, and I feel awful if I haven’t had my daily dose during the week. But it always surprises me how quickly I can get out of the habit due to illness or a change of routine, which is why I try to push myself even when the easier option is to skip it. (I’m specifically thinking about tomorrow morning, where it’s going to be around 3 degrees outside, and much warmer under the covers.)

    I agree, a healthy body makes for a healthy business. From one fellow desk jockey (love that!) to another, I say thanks again for an awesome article! 🙂

    • Karen Finnin
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      Hi Lucinda, thank you so much for your message. Staying healthy really is a wrestle sometimes, but it sounds like you have all of the right things in place. Batch cooking really is another thing i must try and do. Thanks for the inspiration.

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