“I just don’t have the time!”
“I work long hours.”
“My kids are busy with different activities.”
You only get one body. And regardless of what is currently keeping you busy, that will all come to a screeching halt if your body breaks down. If your kids are the reason you don’t exercise, just imagine how they would feel if they lost you. Or if your job is your reason for not hitting the gym, just imagine how effective you would be without your health. Whatever you have going on, without your health, you won’t get it done. So your task will be figuring out how to prioritize your time by what is most important.
Personally, I plan my day around my workouts. And I have a food game plan at the start of my week. This helps me stay focused and not veer from my path because of lack of planning.
Is your health important to you? Is it more important than that reality show? Is it more important than happy hour with friends? Is it more important than that weekly brunch? What are you willing to sacrifice to get your health in line? You may have to make some tough decisions and something might get the cut.
Currently I work as a personal trainer, so I honestly have ample time to get in all my workouts. However, I have worked at a regular office job, so I know the struggles of juggling multiples balls. I understand, I truly do. But I don’t think that anything should trump how you care for your body. I will give a rundown on how I worked in eating right, working, and working out.
TYPICAL DAY (hours may vary based on your current schedule)
- 5 am- wake up, pack up gym bag, and breakfast, lunch, and snacks (probably best to do this at night), and drink a pre-workout protein smoothie
- 6 am- gym time!
- 7:30 – shower and prep for work
- 8 – head towards the job
- 8:30 – at work, eating my breakfast
- 9 – start working
- 6:15 pm – heading home
- 6:45 – unwind and put dinner on
- 7:15 – eat, watch a lil TV, and get ready for the next day
- plan a week’s worth of meals
- grocery shop based on that list and stay away from temptation foods!
- season and prep food
- cook and put meals in tupperware…at least 5 dinners and 5 lunches
- have food to grab-and-go!
I had to learn that some things had to go. And what you decide to sacrifice has to be a personal decision. But it is not always easy…remember that!