You might be wondering what MY weight has to do with Real Estate. I had an epiphany on the subject I thought I would share with all of you.
A couple of years ago I lost over 20 lbs going to Weight Watchers. I have managed to keep the weight off for the most part: (one part is 5 lbs I am dealing with now). My focus on weight and diet and nutrition has affected my social life.
I am very committed to good health for many reasons. I like wearing a size 6, I like feeling good, I like being able to touch my toes and go to Jazzercise and walk to the top of a steep hill with ease. I didn't mention I am 61 (very hard to believe) and the time has flown by. At about age 44 my focus changed as far as exercise went and the weight loss came after. I got a divorce around that time, had a hysterectomy and was in counseling. That's a lot! I found at that time I was not enjoying lunches out with the gals from work. The conversation, the eating and the spending money just wasn't making me comfortable any more. From there I have become, perhaps; overly focused on food. I don't drink alcohol much either; it is calorie-ridden and my husband doesn't drink.
So back to real estate. A social life is an important part of building relationships in this business. "Getting out among them" is huge, don't you think? I belong to a church and love the worship and service and helping out where I can. I do not like the emphasis on potlucks and eating in general. I go to Women’s Council of Realtors where our luncheons are always a salad. I recently went to a wine-tasting and auction; it was great fun. But that is not my norm. It is a stretch for me.
I need to get over some of my fear of food and gaining weight and get out into the world more. I know how to manage what I eat in social settings; it is doing it that makes me hesitate. I sometimes think a person is looked down upon if they don't drink or eat "normally". And the temptation becomes greater in relaxed social settings. It's all about self-control, but what about over-self control? Is there such a thing?
Suggestions or comments appreciated. Has anyone heard of a real estate weight watcher group? :-)