Whether an executive, Realtor/trainer, or business owner, these busy women who all work 40 plus hour weeks, have learned to manage their time making a healthy lifestyle a top priority.
They all agree that busy women must unplug from their demanding schedules and take care of themselves first to be effective parents, wives, grandparents and business leaders.
Patricia Huber, who has been President of the Crown Point Community Foundation 15 years, is a fundraiser, grant maker and community connector who is also belongs to the Crown Point Rotary Club. Her children are grown.
A former contestant on The Biggest Loser, Marci Crozier is Regional Director of Marketing and Sales, Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness and co-owns Dairy Queen in Valparaiso. She lives with her husband and has two adult children.
She is a member of Real Life Community Church in Portage, on the Board of Director of the Indiana Wellness Council and a volunteer for many speaking engagements.
The owner of Inspiration Fitness, Inc., Angela Ramos, manages the facility, creates exercise programs, and is responsible for the accounting and marketing of her business. Ramos and her husband have four daughters, two of whom she homeschools and one grandson. She is also a Worship Leader at Southlake Church of the Nazarene in Crown Point.
Realtor Rhonda DeHaan, Director of Development and Benefits for RedKey Realty Leaders, is responsible for training, coaching and mentoring company agents. She is a single mother of three young men, two of whom are still students.
Here is some examples of how these Region moms unwind and recharge.
How do you manage to juggle job and family responsibilities and still find time to de-stress?
“I would say I am an organized, detail-oriented person. I make lots of lists and categorize the tasks at hand. I use every available minute of every day that God has given me. If I have 15 minutes of free time, I can accomplish something on my list. Even if it is a load of laundry or emptying the dishwasher, I get it done and try not to put it off for later.”
“My kids are grown. My mom and dad have both passed. I was a ‘tweener’ or Sandwich Generation for many years. I wouldn’t change those memories for anything but it is much easier when you don’t have to worry as much about the old and the young. I have no regrets, just had to do what I thought was best for everyone…now I realize that I could have been more to them, if I took care of myself first.”
“I am very much a creature of routine. I like to have my days planned out the night before. I block time on my calendar for exercise, homeschooling, business and fun. I have a great team at Inspiration Fitness and they help me stay focused and make work much more enjoyable.”
“My sons and I work together to make our schedules work. They help around the house; we communicate well and help with transportation for my youngest who will be driving within a month. Carving out and protecting family time is important. I teach that too. When scheduling important family functions, sports birthdays, etc. gets written down first. Time for yourself too.”
Do you take time for exercise?
“Absolutely, for the last two years I set a goal of walking or running at least 1,000 miles and yes I did it two years in a row. It is a great way to reduce stress and think out problems. This year I joined a gym. Thank goodness, because our winter was awful.”
Exercise is the only way I survive the stress of work and the demands of life after Biggest Loser. Many people want a part of you when they see your transformation in body and mind. I re-center my mindset daily through prayer and exercise.”
“Owning a fitness business makes it critical that I include exercise as part of my lifestyle. I work out at least four days a week, early in the morning before my duties at home begin. If I don't take care of myself, I will not be able to take care of my family or my clients.”
“I probably don't exercise as much as I should. I've found it easier to go to the gym with a partner. Several of my friends belong to the same gym so that does make me more accountable to go. I plan to make a bigger effort to go four times a week. I feel better and it is a great way to start the days out.”
What do you do to relax?
“Walking, running, biking, reading and my other passion is quilting. I am an avid quilter.”
"My husband helps me relax…you can read into that what you want…ha-ha, but I didn’t mean it that way. He has a calming effect on me. He makes me worry less and smile more. I love to be with friends and my kids.”
“On the weekends I relax by reading, getting a massage, going on get-a-ways with the family, playing computer games or swimming in our pool.”
“I like to read, spend time on the beach, fish, boat, and just enjoy some casual down time with family and friends. Sharing a meal and some laughs with people you love is important too.”