Lisa Burbage had a highly successful career until the stress and anxiety caught up with her and she got really, really sick. She believes God blessed her with cancer because it was what she needed to slow down and re-evaluate her lifestyle. She then founded Wellness Five, a boutique training and consulting firm that teaches all of us all how to live healthier, happier lives.
Listen in as Lisa and Matt talk about needing to be perfect, and how that unrealistic expectation can be implanted in us by a parental figure at a young age. Lisa describes how the need to be perfect also created eating disorders in her teen and college years and then, how she was finally able to break free.
Here are some power takeaways from today’s conversation:
Lisa’s experience dealing with eating disorders
The creation of Wellness Five
The need for social connection
The “upward spiral”
Breaking down your goals into bite-sized pieces
[04:32] A Holistic Approach to Health
All of these chronic diseases, cancer, Type II diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune, and the list goes on – all of them are preventable. A new research shows that only five to 10% is genetic. The rest is our lifestyle.
In creating Wellness Five, Lisa didn't want to focus just on the physical side of health because there are a lot of other factors that contribute to a person’s health, not just exercise and nutrition. There is a need to be healthy emotionally and mentally healthy as well.
Prior to the pandemic, most wellness programs were focused on Fitbit challenges and healthy snacks in the break room. But then the pandemic hit and everyone was isolated. We became lonely, and we realized the need for social connection.
[33:38] Try This Goal-Setting Exercise!
Set your goal, then forget about it. Then think about what you need to do every day to move forward – not to reach the goal, just to move forward. Have something that you're reaching for but then forget about it, and just focus on what you're doing today. And if you fall off the next day, fine. Just get back on as soon as you can.
A lot of people set goals and end up giving up because they set insurmountable goals. The trick is to break your goal down into bite-sized pieces. For instance, if you’re looking to lose weight and the goal is to lose 30 pounds, just think about what you can do today, and only focus on that day. Writing down what you need to do for one day is also very helpful because it prevents decision fatigue.
[18:32] We all have an inner voice, a guardian angel… that’s telling us to pay attention. [18:41]
[21:50] How you feel, emotionally, mentally and physically... they're also intertwined. You can't really separate one from the other. That's the key. [22:00]
[22:06] If you eat better, you do feel better. But if you still have low self-esteem, is eating better going to change that? [22:15]
[33:43] Set your goal, then forget about it and think about what you need to do every day to move forward – not to reach the goal, just to move forward. [33:56]
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About the Guest
Lisa Burbage is a board-certified health and wellness coach who focuses on helping people feel more connected and happier. She coaches many CEOs and C-suite executives and companies in the corporate world for more health and wellness.