Grooves and boundaries, baby!

Ever get thrown off your groove? You know, when everything is sailing along just fabulously, and then something shifts, throws you off kilter for a bit and then another things shifts and does more of the same until you’re totally thrown off your groove?

Skip to the two-minute mark, “You threw off my groove!” Best. line. ever.

Of course unlike Emperor Kuzco, we can’t throw people out castle windows when they throw off our groove. But what we can do is establish boundaries, groove-enabling boundaries.

My groove was recently thrown off by a seemingly small change in my work schedule. Six of my seven shifts have remained right on point, but for the past two or three weeks one shift has been chaotically floating around and throwing off my entire groove – finances, class schedule, business development, grocery shopping, time outside, when I ate, and what I ate. All were affected. These weeks have nutritionally been my worst since I made the move to Arizona in May. I found myself picking up Starbucks mochas and Twix peanut butter candy bars from the gas station after work, eating meals at work, staying up until 5:00 a.m. working on business development activities and listening to class lectures, and not getting outside. My groove was off.

So I made a decision to ask for help. This time, from my managers. I asked to update my availability to nights and weekends only; thereby, transitioning that chaotic day shift back into an evening shift. We’ll see how it goes over. Regardless, just the act of updating and submitting my availability was so freeing and uplifting.

Creating boundaries is freeing.

Who knew?

And best of all? I’m getting my groove back! True, I was up until 5:00 a.m. last night/this morning, but I’m no longer living on mochas and candy bars! And, most importantly, I’ve been making the time to get outside and enjoy the Arizona sun and 73-degree weather.

Grooves and boundaries, baby! Grooves. and. boundaries.

Are you in your groove, baby?

About Sara

Sara Hefty (B.B.A. and H.H.C.) teaches workaholic women how to have it all and flourish without burning out, binging or being spiteful. As an expert in transformational health coaching, she holds women accountable for letting go of unwanted weight, being brilliantly nourished, grounded in truth and feeling confident, happy and playful every single day.

As a woman with her own weight loss story, wide-ranging family heritage of cancer, and a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Sara’s appreciation for convenient nutrient-dense food, personal growth, inspiring design, financial responsibility, and social entrepreneurship led to her “Pursuit of Ownership: Health, Home, and Legacy” model of heart-on-fire-hot empowered living.

Sara is the founder of PROJECT LUX and She currently lives in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, with her husband Brian and hound-dog Raja.