Cake & Vodka Aren’t Going To Get You There
by Gina Trimarco Cligrow
My personal trainer said to me this week “Cake and vodka aren’t going to get you there” when I showed up to our work out session feeling a little “under the weather” (if you know what I mean) from over indulgence the night before. The night before was the anniversary party to celebrate our four years in business. And if you haven’t figured it out yet, I ate cake and drank vodka. What made me sick was the sugar content of the cake and not necessarily the vodka.
In January of this year I decided to make a lifestyle change. I set a goal to live a longer life. To reach this goal many things needed to change – my eating habits, my exercise regime and my mindset. Through the help of my trainer I’m on my way, having lost 77 pounds so far, went off blood pressure medication, dropped my cholesterol, working out five times a week and eliminating (or reducing) sugar, dairy, caffeine and alcohol from my diet. It’s obvious that these changes have worked.
And while I’ve made permanent changes and new habits it can still be challenging to stay away from things that slow down the progress of reaching my goals. I’m very disciplined and pretty good about avoiding bar food, birthday cake and everything fun. But on this night of the anniversary party, I ate cake for the first time in 10 months! And it tasted soooooooooooo good, as did the vodka. Vodka in itself is at least a modification since I used to drink wine primarily and eliminated that to reduce sugar and calories. I gave myself permission to enjoy the decadence of food and beverage. And then at 3am I woke up in a sweat with a pounding headache. I knew it wasn’t the vodka. It was the sugar! It made me that sick. Thank goodness my work out wasn’t until 11am the next day but I knew it would be painful. I’m always honest with the trainer – I’m not sure why. It’s not like she’s going to go easy on me and she didn’t. I must admit I really kicked butt in that work out because I was determined to pay for my “sins.” And then I promised that for the next three weeks I would hunker down again to be vigilant in taking off these last 25 pounds.
And the moral of the story? All work and no play is no way to run your life or your business. Set goals for yourself or your organization and be vigilant and disciplined to meet those goals, knowing that along the way it’s okay to take a break to breathe, have a little fun, eat cake and drink vodka. And if you do too much of that, be disciplined enough to re-focus immediately. You will feel re-charged by giving yourself a little break. Be honest with yourself and others when you make mistakes along the way and be willing to be held accountable. And while cake and vodka won’t get you to your ultimate goal, sometimes you need them to remind you of what your goals are. Stop and taste the cake and then wash it down with some vodka!Tags: applied improv, business training, Carolina Improv Company, chicago, collaboration, commitment, creativity, customer service, gina trimarco cligrow, having fun at work, improv for business, interactive training, leadership, let them eat cake, lifestyle change, making mistakes, myrtle beach, problem solving, sales, setting goals, success, team building, Yes And