Sabbatical Moments

Who wouldn’t love to take a sabbatical?  To leave the pressures of daily work and responsibilities behind and have an extended period of time to eat, sleep and recharge? I can think of no one that I know who wouldn’t jump at the chance to enjoy a sabbatical rest.

But very few people have the luxury of such an endeavor.   To be able to leave on a formal sabbatical, one must have their financial house in order in such a way that bills will get paid even while they are away from work.  So let’s say savings could nicely cover a three month leave of absence, there is still the issue of being granted extended time away from a job.  Unless it is for a medical or family emergency, most employers don’t allow leave of absences just so you or I can make our world stop spinning for a little while so we can catch our breath.

What do we do if we know we are in need of a sabbatical but are unable to formally take one? We have sabbatical moments. We carve out seconds, minutes or hours of our busy days to do the things we would do IF we were on sabbatical.  Having quiet time alone, enjoying laughter with a friend, listening to music, watching movies, exercising, sleeping, going to a bookstore, try a new hobby, etc etc. The list is endless really. Go ahead and make your own list of the things you would do if you were on a formal three month sabbatical and then try and incorporate at least some of your ideas into the days and weeks ahead. 

The important thing to remember is that even if you are not able to take a break from work and busyness, we all must enjoy many sabbatical moments to recharge or we will end up feeling worn out and weary.

Live It Up!

With the beginning of the new year, many conversations have turned to individual’s goals regarding weight loss.

There are several common behaviors that I have noticed in people who struggle with weight management. For those of you who don’t know my background, I understand weight issues personally and have as of today, lost over 118lbs.  So I get the struggle. Believe me.

One pattern of behavior that I have witnessed is the use of guilt while eating. It goes something like this:
A person is driving down the street and is hungry. They think about what to have and one on side of the road is Subway and a “healthier” option. On the other side of the street is Taco Bell without any healthy tacos to be found. What to do, what to do?!

Once the decision has been made that Taco Bell is the food of choice, many folks will sit and eat their entire meal feeling guilty. Telling themselves they shouldn’t be eating this, they should have gone to Subway, etc.

I think these are sabotaging behaviors. If Taco Bell is going to be the option you choose, ENJOY IT! Why waste the calories you are taking in by also swallowing guilt at the same time?  In fact, by not fully enjoying your meal, you are more likely to want another “treat” later. 

I really appreciate the way the French culture encourages their people to enjoy good food and drink; all in moderation. A little cheese, bread and wine never hurt anyone. Little being the important word.

Live it up and enjoy your food. Don’t make a choice to eat something unhealthy and then berate yourself the entire meal or there after. If you’re going to splurge – just enjoy it!! No reason to waste the calories and not have fully savored the meal.