Maintain the High Quality of Life You Expect with a Flexible Work-at-Home Career

Many people have made the decision to turn in their keys at the old brick and mortar office, to start a career at home and be their own boss. It might be freelance writing, online marketing, or blogging. It really doesn’t matter too much what you chose, as long as you are happy doing it.

The reason many people had for making the move is so they can have a successful career with flexible hours at the same time. For me, it was so I could attend our son’s school activities, be home when he gets home, and take him to his sporting events. And again, it really doesn’t matter what your reason is, as long as you are able to reach your goals.

However, what I have found is that I lost any routine of fitness and health that I had while working elsewhere. It was easy to say “I’ll get to it” when I had so much flexibility. So, a lot of freedom can be detrimental to your health, if you don’t get in control of it soon.

So, let’s take a look at what you can do to avoid the trappings that a flexible career can bring.

Don’t Say Diet

The best thing you can do is to not ever call it a diet. That brings a negative tone to your endeavors, and will just bring you down eventually. It also leads to temporary thinking, as most people won’t stay on ‘diets’ for their entire life.

What you need to do, if you want life-long results, is to make a life-long change. A complete change in your dietary habits is the only way to achieve results that will last a lifetime. Depriving yourself of whole groups of food for a short period of time will lead to short term results. Once you stop the diet and go back to eating the things you did before, the weight will come back.

However, if you decide on a plan like Atkins, it allows for lifetime plans. You start with eliminating most of the carbs in your meals, and then slowly introducing them back in, until you reach the maintenance stage. You may never be back to where you were with carbs before you started, but you won’t miss them either. I know, because I have had great success…as many others have, on Atkins.

It’s quite simple to follow, as there is an abundance of Atkins diet recipes to be found on the Internet. Very good, easy, and healthy recipes.

If this isn’t a plan that sounds appealing to you, there are others to choose from that might be more fitting for you, and that’s fine. Just choose something that works, and make it a complete lifestyle change.

Set Up a Routine for Movement

Another area you should make changes and commitment to is getting up to move. Work in a little workout into your daily routine. If you don’t schedule it, chances are that it won’t happen. Of course, it will depend on the season and weather for some choices. But, there are other options where climate is not an issue. Here are some easy ways to get a few minutes of movement into your day:

  •     20 minutes on a treadmill, walking, running, or both
  •     DVD’s of yoga, kickboxing, or pilates
  •     Climbing the stairs in the house

I have found it’s best for me to get some exercise in the morning, first thing, before starting my day. If I put it off, I tend to put it off for too long, as in days, or weeks.

Starting the day with 20 minutes of movement will give you an adrenaline shot of energy and better ability to focus on the pending tasks for the day. In fact, it has given enough energy that I often fit in another 20 minutes in the afternoon as well.

Use Available Tools

To make it easier on you, there are available tools for your mobile devices to help keep track of both dietary needs and exercise. One is the ‘Atkins Diet Recipes’, which is a very affordable app at $1.99 and compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, so it’s mobile and accessible anywhere.

It has great features that allows for you to customize your recipes by adding your own ingredients, uploading photos, and naming it. Another bonus is that each recipe has a photo. I don’t know about you, but I am a visual person and enjoy photos with recipes.

Another app is ‘MapMyFitness’, which is compatible with an iPhone, Blackberry, or Android. I like this app because it’s both online and mobile. If you go to the website, you will see that you can track information on nutrition for your dietary plan, as well as your fitness plan. Being able to plan your routes and meals on one system is incredibly convenient.

In Closing

Hopefully I have given you enough information to encourage you, and possibly get you started in getting back on track for fitness and health, or stay on track once you are there. It will help you establish a healthy balance between work and personal life, filled with energy to enjoy it all.


Kathy Barber turned in her structured life of the traditional 9-5 office to build her career as a writer from home. She currently writes on various topics, including health and fitness, and was recently inspired to write a series on Atkins diet plan articles, and overall fitness. Kathy also has written on home improvement, online business, and addiction. She lives with her husband and son in Michigan, where she was raised. When she is not working, she enjoys photography, cooking, and music.

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