I’ve been Type-A my whole life.
When my kindergarten teacher asked what we wanted to be when we grew up, I threw my little hand eagerly into the air and said, “I want to be the first woman president of the United States!”
My sordid 20′s knocked out any realistic presidential bid, but I have been throwing myself into projects, competitions, sports, and “movements” ever since.
So it makes sense that many of my clients would have the same tendencies – here’s a brief profile of many clients, including Andrea, who I’ll tell you about in a minute:
- a high-profile, demanding job
- career focused, relationships may play second fiddle
- friendly competition is always welcome
- played sports in the past, thinks “daily doubles” (twice daily workouts) is the way to lose weight
- a lot of self-imposed pressure
Andrea was just this type. In her early 30′s, she came to me when her company, which she co-founded and built, was on the brink – it was either going to be a huge success or a major failure, and she didn’t know if she was going to be a millionaire or moving back in with her parents next month.
Yet she knew, deep down, that this was the exact right time to start taking care of herself – to focus on her self care, and get her body back in shape. But Andrea resisted my recommendations at first. She just couldn’t understand how slowing down was going to help her get the body she wanted.
But here’s what else was going on for Andrea:
- insomnia and sleep disturbances
- recurring yeast infections
- emotional nights full of anxiety in front of her computer, working late into the night
- lots of travel for work
- erratic eating schedules – some days she would have 3 meals, sometimes 2, sometimes 5
- Even with her busy schedule, Andrea was able to commit to 1 hour every two weeks for a full-body massage.
- She found a steam room in a nearby gym to take lunch-time breaks.
- Instead of her usual afternoon coffee break, which was further depleting her adrenal glands, I recommended that she take a “walking meeting” once a day. She’d take an in-person or phone meeting on the road and get outside, chat and walk while talking. This increased her afternoon energy naturally, and worked off a few calories to boot.
- She started doing my 8 minute “bedtime yoga” routine and taking some homeopathic remedies to help her sleep
- And instead of pressuring herself to make all of her meals from scratch, we looked at her favorite take out places and the nearby Whole Foods salad bar for easy easy to eat healthy for her body.