Have you ever said this to yourself?
I don’t have time for myself….
I don’t have time for the gym…
I don’t have time to eat right or prepare healthy meals….
I am too busy to….
I have heard them all and more, and I am sure you have heard some yourself!
Here is the thing…
We all have the same amount of time in the day. I get that you have other things going on in your life and so do many other people out there and myself included.
Getting in shape and living a healthier lifestyle does take time and does not happen by accident.
You have to carve out that time. You have to make some time in your day.
Unfortunately nobody is going to give you some extra time. YOU got to make it!
Start where you are with your health, nutrition and fitness.
Have a plan to simply improve by 1% each day. That is going to be different for each person and only you know what that 1% is for you.
For your nutrition t could be as simple of drinking a glass of water each day, or drinking one less can of soda a day, or eating one piece of fruit or vegetable a day.
For your fitness it could be going for a walk once a twice a week, or doing some push ups each morning, or joining the gym or finding a workout partner.
These are all simple things you can start with.
If you simply aim to make each day better than the previous day, you are heading in the right direction.
How do you do all this?
- Decide how much time you can commit to improving 1%. You know what your days and weeks are like and how much time you can allocate to looking, feeling and performing at your best.
- Once you have decided when you can commit and what you are going to do, schedule it into your calendar and set a reminder on your phone. This will prompt you to keep your appointment with yourself.
- Focus on small chunks, like 2 weeks at a time. Once you master scheduling time for your health, fitness and nutrition, increase it to 3 weeks and then for a full month.
- Stick to doing the little things on a daily basis and the big things will fall into place.
Book some time for yourself on a daily basis for your health and fitness. You will thank yourself later on for doing that.
Make this work for yourself.
Be realistic: start where you are and work towards where you want to get to.
Know what works best for you: if you are not a morning person avoid scheduling things in the morning. Find options that are going to suit your schedule.
Block out you time: let people see that you have blocked out time for yourself
and respect that time for yourself as well.
Expect the unexpected: plan for when things are going to come up. If you need a babysitter, make sure it is planned. Do you need to move things around to make it work? If so, then do that. Make sure and have it all planned for your success.
It’s going to be challenging at the beginning, but it will be worth it in the end.
You will have to step out of your comfort zone, so get get accustomed to being uncomfortable, as that is way the magic happens.
Take one day at a time, and get back up, dust yourself off, and get going again.