I recently asked this question in some of my online weight loss groups, “What do you struggle with the most when trying losing weight?” I got a variety of answers so I want to try and address these different struggles in a series of different post.
One struggle that came up a lot was TIME. “I don’t have enough time to workout” or “I run out of time at the end of the day and just order pizza.” I am sure at some time or another we have all experienced this feeling. I love to workout, but I really dislike cooking so I am prone to the latter.
One thing I discovered is that people do what they want to do. You do what you find to be your priorities. So if working out or meal planning are not a priority then you will find it hard to make the time. Don’t get me wrong, I understand there are times you cannot make changes but 90% of the time you can. Be honest with yourself.
Here are some time excuse I hear often; “My kids have after school activities that I have to drive them to.” “I work 12 hours a day and when I am home I am exhausted.” “I already get up at 5am I don’t want to get up any earlier.” Do you fall into any of these?
Here are some of my tips for getting past these excuses.
What can you do while your child is at their practice? My son had football 4 nights a week for 2 hours at a time, and my daughter had soccer the only other open night. Saturday was then full with the games. We only allow our children one after school activity at a time but as you can see it still took up a lot of time. Football practiced at at field with a track so if I did not get a chance to workout earlier I used an hour of the time to run the track. Another one of my participants walked the outside of the soccer fields while her son was practicing. So take a look at how you can utilize your time better.
I too have worked 12 hour shift work. I won’t lie I was one tired girl. I did find though that when I worked nights I needed to do something to keep myself awake for one extra hour so I could get the kids up and off to school. Guess what, that became my workout. Not only did it keep me awake that extra hour, but it helped me release the stress from the previous 12 hours.
I don’t blame anyone who does not want to wake up earlier. If I don’t get eight hours of sleep I am a grumpy person to be around. If you already get up at 5 am what do you do? Do you sit with a cup of coffee and watch the news? Through BeachBody we offer a whole new set of workouts that are all 30 minutes or less. If you are already up a quick workout will get you going too then you can enjoy the coffee knowing you have already done something good for yourself. If you would like to know what some of these quick workouts are click here to register for a free account and contact me. I will then help you pick one that meets your goals.
I am talking to the mommas here…
I have seen too often Mom’s putting all there energy and focus into their children. They volunteer at the school, they drive them everywhere after school, they work, clean etc. Then 18 years later those kids are gone. The mom is overweight with nothing to do and she has drifted from her husband with all of her attention on the kids. She is left feeling depressed and bad about herself. Guys, I have seen it happen. Please take care of yourself. The better you take care of yourself the better you can take care of others.
I would like to encourage you to take one week and journal your daily activities and see what you are really doing with your time. You might find that you have wasted an hour each day searching FaceBook or Pinterest. I know I am guilty. Take the week and journal it all. See if your priorities are what you think they are. See what you might be willing to give up or what you can do for a shorter amount of time.
I hope some of these tips help and that you can find the time to take care of YOU. If YOU do not take care of YOU no else will. In my next blog post I will give tips for the nutrition aspect of having little time. I would love to hear from you on some of the areas you struggle so I can help. Or if you have a suggestion to add to this post for others I want to hear it.
Have a great week.