Tuesday, January 25, 2011

There's a New CEO in Town...ME!

Before I get to today's post, I have to share my funny story with you all.  As I'm writing this, it's 3:25AM on Tuesday.  Why am I writing at such an ungodly hour?  Well, because I feel asleep on the couch last night - I'm guessing somewhere between 6 and 7PM.  Hubby, being the wonderful, caring man he is decided to just leave me there when he went to work at 10PM.  I wake up from my blissful slumber to a completely silent house.  My first reaction?  PANIC!!  I'm asleep on the couch which means I didn't go to bed which means I didn't set my alarm which means I COULD BE LATE!!

I jump off the couch - completely forgetting to look at the clock on the wall - and run to the bathroom.  I come out of the bathroom and make a mad dash for the bedroom to get dressed.  During my sprint, I glance up at the clock on the wall....to see 2:05AM.  UGH!! 

I'm one of those people that once I'm up - I'm up.  There's no going back to bed for me.  I have to also take into consideration that if I did fall asleep closer to 6PM - I had 8 hours of sleep....almost 2 hours more than I usually get....so another reason there's no way I can go back to sleep.  So, my day starts today at 2:05AM... guess there will be no excuse not to do my Yoga this morning... HA!

OK - now time for my post. 

The Monday Project

Today, I have been given a promotion.  No more am I manager of the household, supervisor of children, cook, maid, nurse or counselor.  Nope, today I have now claimed the title of CEO.... of my life.

It's all part of this week's project from The Sisterhood.

To follow up with the goal writing we've all been doing the past couple of weeks, the fantastic minds behind The Sisterhood created a new challenge for us.... to become CEO of our lives.

We've made our goals, we've mapped out plans on how we're going to get there.  All that's left to do is find a way to stick with the plans in order to reach the goals.  That's where the CEO part comes in.

Being CEO means making appointments and sticking to them.  Not just sticking to them - but not allowing anything to get in the way.  As stated in our project: "No one cancels with a CEO of anything, so you won't cancel on yourself".

CEOs run major corporations.  They oversee a lot of workers, work with business plans, work from home, travel....hmm, sounds familiar.  They're top priority is their calendar.  If it's on their calendar - they do it!

As a former V.P. assistant at the biggest retailer in the world (rhymes with Mall Smart), I know how important a calendar is to an executive.  The majority of my job consisted of overseeing that calendar - making sure the V.P. didn't miss a thing...that she made it to ALL of her appointments...scheduled everything. 

Now that I'm CEO - of my life - I have to do the same thing.

First thing - get all my work-outs in my calendar.  I have to make appointments for these things - and stick to them.  There's no canceling allowed! 

Time management skills are crucial to CEOs.  They have to make time to see everyone, but also run a business....the same thing is true for me.  I have to take care of my kids, work, go to school, fit in homework, cooking and cleaning.  My work-outs are my important appointments...and I need to make it to all of them.

Now, I know at the end of the year, my bank account won't be sporting the CEO fat check - but the fat on my behind I will gladly cash in.  Instead of collecting the dough - I'll be giving it away.  Much better, in my opinion.  The only way I can make my goals a reality is to work my butt off....literally...and nothing can stand in the way of that. Enough fat jokes? OK

Luckily, I kind of got in to this mentality when I first wrote my goals down a few weeks ago.  On Mondays, I've started posting my goal progress.  I was doing almost everything right.  I was writing out my mini-goals, laying the foundation to get to my major goals....but the not sticking to it part was still getting in the way.

If Mike Duke (CEO of Mall Smart) walked into his office every morning and said "I don't feel like meeting with the person that could really benefit this company, today - cancel" to his assistant, I doubt Mall Smart would last very long.  If he told his executives that the business plans he proposed - that would help the company reach all of their profit goals - weren't really that important, and that it was OK for them to not really follow them...well, then I doubt he'd be running the company for more than a day longer. 

This project has told me that it's time to TAKE CHARGE!  I am now in control of the business that is my life - only I can determine if I succeed or falter....and I'll only have myself to blame if it's the latter.  Goals and plans can be changed, sure.  If I don't make all of my projections...I better be able to say that I tried my best, gave it all I can to make it work.  Then, and only then, can I redraft, regroup, and try again.

So, that's my plan for the future.  I'm in charge now - and there's some changes afoot!

What are you doing to take charge and control of your weight loss efforts?
How do you overcome the obstacles that often stand in your way when it's time to devote sometime to working out?
How do you overcome those obstacles?

Till next time.  ;)


  1. This is so important. You are right! I've been half-assing it since the holidays. If I ran a business the way I'm managing my health, I would have been fired by now. Thanks so much! This is a great post.

  2. I agree, this is important! So often I put the needs of others before me (which is what mothers and wives often do) and I let ME go by the wayside. I'm beginning to discover that putting others before myself is a good and kind thing to do, but sometimes I need to come first, and that my needs are valid.

    In the beginning (sounds so ominous, doesn't it?), I came up with ALL KINDS of excuses for not working out on my designated days. However, since the first of January only ONE excuse is valid: If I have a sick child, I won't be going out at 5AM to go to the gym. HOWEVER, if I have a sick child and miss an appointment to go to the gym, I will either A) Go on a Saturday in order to make up for the day I missed (which often translates into a much better and longer workout because I don't have any time constraints) OR B) I will do a workout at home while the children are napping.

    I have, much to my delight, become a member of the No More Excuses Club!

    Goodbye, Fat Girl!

  3. HOORAY!!! I love that you have already taken the bull by the horns and not only that, i love how you have made the parallel of ceo of a corporation to your life in detail!!! you're on your way, girl!!! hope yoga went well!!

  4. there were two of you up that early? makes me tired just think about it! :P

    love the way you're taking control and making your life behave!

  5. Thanks, ladies!!

    Now, I just need that personal assistant to keep my calendar in check...LOL

  6. Love this post!! I love how you have compared your LIFE now to your past business life!! Awesome!!


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