Monday, September 2, 2013
I listen quietly to them. And cringe.The fact is, NOBODY has enough time. We fill our plates with so many things, we keep ourselves busy from early morning to late night with something. There are other commitments to attend to, other people to please, other activities that must be engaged in. If I were to respond to these people (and depending on who it is, I do) it would be this: "then being healthy and fit just aren't that important to you." Fact - you are in charge of prioritizing your days. If working out isn't fitting into your life, then it is because you are making the decision that other things are MORE important. Let's cut right to it - anyone can find 30 minutes out of a 24 hour day to exercise in some way. Nobody says you have to work out for hours, in fact that's totally unnecessary and unhealthy. 30 minutes is enough to get your body working hard at a level that will induce change. Personally I feel like I don't have time to work out either. I have 2 very young children and a lot of responsibility in my life. I decided a couple years ago though that my health was a priority. If I had to let go of some other things, so be it. Fitness made it to the top of my list and everything else would either fall into place around that, or fall away entirely. Because time feels limited to me, my days typically begin at 4:30. I sacrifice a little bit of sleep to ensure my health is taken care of before anything else. That's how important it is to me. A few years ago I never would have believed I would get up so early. The thought of it would have made my stomach churn. I mean, who in their right mind gets up in the middle of the night?? Not only do I want to make sure I take my health seriously, I know that mornings are when I am most successful I know that if I don't work out right away, it's likely I won't work out at all. I set my day up to be successful before it even begin.
I don't have time. I MAKE time.Yes, you do have time. If you completely disagree with this statement, then if you are really ready and really desiring to make a commitment to your health, you must make a conscious decision to let something else go. Perhaps perusing Facebook, or watching 2 hours of t.v. at night or drinking on the weekends will have to go.
If your health is that important to you, you will find a way.So my question to you is this, how do you make the time to incorporate fitness into your life? Or if you are just starting out on your journey, what are you willing to do to make it your priority? As always, contact me with any questions, I am here to cheer you on! xxoo
Sunday, August 11, 2013
In describing her weight struggles with me, she claimed, "nothing worked for me. Well....I would lose weight but not quickly. So I figured I might as well just eat what I want and be happy instead."
Two issues with this statement:
1. She was losing weight - should be considered a success right? The speed at which weight is lost isn't important. It's safe to lose 1-2 pounds per week. Any more than that can be unhealthy and oftentimes is related to water weight. The problem is we want things FAST. We aren't willing to put forth CONTINUOUS effort. A couple days here, maybe a week or two when we're really motivated and then....well....screw it. One of her issues was that she never worked long enough at something to see the results she was hoping for. When it comes to losing weight or sculpting the body, consistency is absolutely vital. Time will pass anyway, might as well be spending it taking care of you and creating the body you want.
2. She isn't happy with her weight, it was obvious in the short time I spoke with her. Yet as unhappy as she was, she placed more value on immediate gratification rather than her long term happiness. It's definitely challenging for many people to find that determination and discipline, but by continually choosing immediate satisfaction that is contradictory to your long term goals, you are reiterating to yourself and those around you that your overall goals aren't important. You have to determine for yourself what you want MOST and realize that there is a huge difference between that and what you want right now - if the two are not aligned, it's time for you to decide which will hold precedence in your life.
So answer me this: What is MOST important to you? Now go base your every day decisions on that answer and be unwavering in your commitment to achieving this goal. There you will find success.