The Battle Staying Healthy and Happy In Real Estate

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Royal Lepage Kelowna

The holiday season is approaching us soon and I thought this might be a good time to share this journey and story. All my life I have been referred to as the “Big Guy” and something I have had to work at pretty much all my life. I am certain I was born as a baby weighing in at 55 pounds ; )

The struggle for me and my health during my 27 year real estate career and my go to for stress, anger, sadness and any emotional challenge in my life is food and beverage. It literally fires off these feel good charges in my brain for that period of time while I enjoy some good food and drink and then I have to feel the shame and guilt from going to that dark side to medicate my feelings and thoughts.

I was selling real estate and making a lot of money in 2004 and thought things were better than ever personally and professionally for me. Then in the middle of the night I woke with a terrible pain in my chest and had to go to the hospital and in triage they thought I may be having a heart attack. At that same time my wife was sick and tired of my working all the time and was wanting out of our relationship.

Remembering thinking the night before I was a balanced, healthy and happy money making real estate agent, I realized this was the furthest thing from the truth. I decided to hire a personal trainer that would kick me in the butt to train 3 days a week and challenge me on my eating. That was my start to lose the weight I needed and get myself healthy and my marriage and family healthy again.

Why it took the heart attack and divorce scare to wake me up I will never know but I stand here today still battling my food and beverage medicating demons but healthier and happier than ever. Here are a few tips I want to share with you and how I turned this “Big Guy” around in real estate and life.

  1. Reach out to people for help and support
  2. Find someone to hold you accountable to get exercise
  3. Find someone to talk to about the stresses and problems in your life regularly
  4. Prepare your food and meals in advance or have someone make good food for you
  5. Isagenix meal replacement has been a huge help for me. Two shakes a day and one regular meal a day
  6. Intermittent fasting… let me explain

Intermittent fasting, or limiting your food intake to specific times, has taken North America by storm in recent years. Research has shown intermittent fasting can help you lose weight, lower your risk of cancer and improve both your blood pressure and blood sugar. Here are three common methods of intermittent fasting to get you started and it has worked for me!

  1. The 12-Hour Fast - With this method of intermittent fasting, you fast for 12 hours each day. Before you worry about skipping meals, remember: The fast can be done overnight. For example, you can fast from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.
  2. The 16:8 Method - A 12-hour fast isn’t enough for some people to get a metabolism boost. That’s where the 16:8 method for intermittent fasting comes in. It involves fasting for 16 hours (14 hours for women).
  3. The 5:2 Diet - This strategy involves eating as you normally would five days a week, then fasting for two days. On those two fast days, experts recommend men consume 600 calories or less and women consume 500 calories or less.

I hope my personal story and some of my solutions to help me with my own struggles will help some of you with your journey as well. Please comment below and share some of your own stories and solutions with the rest of our readers, we would love to hear from you. Healthy life is a happy life and without our health we can’t really do much of anything we really want to do in life.

Strength and courage,


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Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert
PrimeSouth Properties - Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Sounds good to me and it works for me as well.  Fasting is not as drastic as it sounds.  Eat when you are hungry, not when Mikkie says its lunch time.  

Dec 27, 2019 01:02 PM #1
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Wade, I applaud you for being open and sharing your story with us. It's easy to get sloppy in our habits and before long realize a major shake up is due!! Congratulations to you.


Dec 27, 2019 07:20 PM #2
Jim Smith
The Property Management Company - Round Rock, TX

Diet is not what we are on; rather, diet is the choice of what we eat.  I do not count calories, follow the latest fad, subscribe to the multitude services providing food-shipped-to-your-door.  Rather, I follow a few fundamental rules:

  1. Never eat anything that is ordered through a window.
  2. Always shop the parameter, and not the isles of the grocery store.
  3. Never eat anything that comes in a box, a bag, or is packaged with a long shelf-life.
  4. Always cook fresh and yummy (our bodies will speak loudly of what we want).
  5. Don't focus on weight; learn what body and fat mass is, measure and monitor it.
  6. Reprogram the thinking about social grazing and large servings.
  7. Eat slowly, chew completely, and drink water while eating - be the last one done because you eat slowly, not because you are getting additional helpings.
  8. And most of all, learn to say "No" to the flash cravings.
  9. Don't lose 5 pounds within the next 7 days; rather, focus on 1.5 - 2.0 ounces a day.
  10. If you insist to weigh yourself, then do so daily:
  1. At the same time and circumstance (I do so after I wake up, relieve myself, and shower - prior to eating/drinking anything).record the weight.Set up a simple graph on a spreadsheet showing the goal, daily weight, five-day average, and ten-day average.  It is the ten-day average that is most important.

Most importantly: live, love, laugh often, and compliment always!  Keep the mind happy, and the body always follows!

Dec 29, 2019 04:50 PM #3
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