The Healthy Executive

Angela – Client Results

Angela JetAngela is a professional engineer and a senior sales executive at a high-tech company. Her role requires frequent international business travel. She servers on the Diversity’s Women on Boards Committee for the Information Technology Association of Canada and was Founder and Co-Chair of the Women in Trades, Technology & Engineering Committee.

In her own words, Angela describes her experiences and insights into becoming healthier and fitter:

In the past, what kinds of diets or exercises programs DIDN’T work for you and why not?

  • Diets that consisted of drastic “cold turkey” changes were never sustainable for me. I would usually give up since there was never any scientific information provided on health benefits and how the diet is truly impacting my body. Diets and exercise programs tailored to my lifestyle and my personality would have longevity.

What specific changes did you make to your eating or exercise did you make in the last 6 months?

  • I began to track what I put into my body with the use of MyFitnessPal. I prioritized my workouts and scheduled them into my work schedule. While travelling I had a plan of attack on making sure I stayed active and brought along healthy snacks in case I only came across fast food options.
“Now I know exactly what to do to sustain my healthy lifestyle.”

What health habits were easiest and hardest for you to change?

  • By having alternatives for unhealthy options while out for client outings and meal planning ahead of time I was able to sustain healthy eating habits, but if my work schedule picked up with travel it was difficult to sustain. I wouldn’t look at what I did wrong yesterday to bring me down, but continued to stick to the plan right when I returned from a hectic work week of travels. Being a female, I found it difficult to not give into my cravings during PMS, but long-term as long as I plan to have healthy alternatives in advance I’m sure I can overcome this.

executive poll AngelaHow do you measure yourself to see if you are staying on track?

  • I gain weight in my bottom half, so I would take thigh measurements to see how much I would progress. Also, I would weigh myself weekly and just gauged my progress through looking in the mirror and the way my clothes would fit.

How do you get yourself back on track if you miss your nutrition goals, workout, coaching session, etc?

  • I don’t beat myself up about falling off track and just get back to it. As long as I continue moving forward and I’m adamant about making my health goals I am happy with my accomplishments.

You travel for business. How do you maintain your health and fitness when you are on the road?

  • By planning ahead and buying healthy snacks during travel I am able to maintain my program. Sometimes my work schedule during travels and my jet lag begin to take a toll so I make sure to prioritize rest and make healthy eating choices if I can’t make the gym. I also have a short 12-15 min full body HIIT workout I can do in my room for when I can’t do a full workout.

14102280_10154442634442801_6848740036467993437_nIn what ways does social support play a role in changing your eating or exercise habits?

  • By getting my family and friends involved in my health goals we were able to motivate each other into making health conscious decisions when out at social gatherings. We also took the initiative to do physical activities together and check up on each others progress.

You are a busy member of an executive team. How do you find the time to be healthy?

  • I have realized my health is very important to enjoy life with my loved ones. I have learned to make it a priority and not to stress or give up when I fall off track.

If you could go back and do anything different about improving your nutrition or fitness, what would it be?

  • I wish I learned more about nutrition and healthier habits during my university days. I think we all don’t realize the impact of a healthy lifestyle when you are young and have full mobility. It’s never too late to make these changes, but the sooner the better.

What was the hardest thing for you to change?

  • The social aspect to my personal life and my outings with clients made it quite difficult for me to cut out alcohol. I’m still working on these changes and making healthier choices.

What do you enjoy the most about your healthy lifestyle? What inspires you to keep it day after day?

  • To know that if I sustain this healthy lifestyle I will be able to travel the world with the people the mean most and continue having full mobility and strength to explore any activity or place I desire.

13669634_10154322674242801_9007983265984827367_nCompare how you feel now compared to when you first started out?

  • I feel more knowledgeable about nutrition, stress, exercise, social pressures, self motivation and how my personality impacts sustaining changes. I also know what is required to continue to make positive decisions and to sustain a healthy lifestyle.

What has surprised you most about the health changes you’ve made?

  • I surprised myself with how I continued to stick with my health plan and didn’t deviate from it when I put my mind to it.

What success factors, tips, or hacks can you share that help make your health habits and motivation consistent?

  • I would say not giving up and keeping a positive attitude around these changes even when they didn’t go to plan this is what has kept me going. The positive changes in my health and my exercise routine have truly made me feel better day-to-day.

What success factors, tips, or hacks can you share that help make your health habits and motivation consistent?

  • I have made my health a priority and I truly believe that is an accomplishment in itself especially in this North American mentality where hard work and devotion to your job is expected. Finding that balance between your family, health and career can be quite the circus act, but in due time your efforts will pay off and you will truly feel like you can accomplish anything.

Update

Several months later Angela continues to maintain her weight goal and target strength levels.

You can read how she sustains her health and fitness during her international travels here.

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