To jump start my weight loss journey in 2015, my first task was not so much about managing my eating but more managing my energy. What does that mean? A book recommended by my company business unit was key to this – The Power of Full Engagement located here Power of Full Engagement
The Power of Full Engagement talks about ways to manage energy to be a more effective leader. Based on training for athletes, the premise of the book is that we need to have cycles of stress and relaxation in order to increase energy and performance. There are four quadrants of energy and the first is physical. Let’s just say that in this area before my successful weight loss journey, I had a bit too much relaxation and did not take a respite from the daily grind to schedule in physical activity.
In previous big pushes at work, I reveled in seeing how long I could stay at my desk and how much work I could produce in a day. My only respite was the Philly Cheese Steaks at Jersey Mike’s. Let’s just say I was not building physical energy or releasing stress (or enough of it – only that amount that is released in a cheese steak coma). People who know me know I like to be the iron man of work. But my interaction with my team was suffering and so was my health. The nadir of this period was the day I tripped outside my Delivery Center at 3 am, and hit the ground! It took more than a few minutes to get up.
After reading the book and not wanting to repeat a face plant on the lawn of the delivery center, I established a physical routine and healthy eating to bolster my physical energy. Here is what I did.
- Get out of my chair at least once an hour.
- Switched from prodigious amounts of coffee to hot tea.
- Do at least 30 minutes of exercise a day which I put in my schedule. Yes, I now do Yoga, water aerobics, and Zumba.
- Changed from Philly cheese steaks to smoothies, salads, and our healthy snack machine when pressed for time.
- Increased sleep from an average of 5 hours or less to at least 6.
- And went to prescribed doctor’s appointments instead of toughing it out.
The result was my energy increased, my disposition improved (ok I know I can still be a bit imposing on occasion), and I am getting more work done in shorter time. You can see the difference in managing energy. The first picture is of me is me in 2015 just before I started this routine. The one next to it is me yesterday is me as one of 2 people to finish 4 hours straight of spinning class in support of St. Jude’s in Life Time North’s “Ride for A Reason”. There is still time to donate so if you want to here is the link to my donation site! Help us drive to knock out childhood cancer.