Priorities – Is health and fitness high up on the list?
Let’s face it…There is only so much time in a day to get things done.
HOWEVER, there is enough time in a day to get WHAT YOU WANT, what you VALUE, done.
The question is, “What do you value the most?”
Because what you value, you are going to prioritize. And what you make a priority, you are going to get done regardless of how busy you are.
The thing is…Most people don’t make health and fitness a priority.
That is really what it all comes down to when people say they just don’t have time.
They just don’t think it is a priority.
Personally of course, I think it is.
Feeling great every day. Waking up with energy and being able to move well and take on any physical challenge. Feeling energized to get all my work done without needing caffeine or any other crutch. Feeling good about myself and the way my body performs. Not having injuries and being in great physical and mental health.
Those sound like good enough reasons to prioritize meal prep and workouts….Those sound like good reasons to spend a little time cooking and sweating even if you don’t enjoy those two specific things all that much.
But hey…It’s up to you.
And please don’t start trying to make excuses right now about how it is easier for me because I’m a trainer or I work in a gym or whatever.
While yes…I do love eating well. While yes…I do love working out. There are still days when I’m extremely busy and really don’t have the time to workout.
But I MAKE TIME even on those days.
That is the key right there…I MAKE TIME because I VALUE eating clean and working out.
I know there are all those fitspo posters about how a workout is 4% of your day or some crap like that.
But really what all of this comes down to isn’t the amount of time it truly takes, but what you would rather be doing with that time.
If you really want to reach your health and fitness goals, you need to make them a priority.
You need to decide that you are going to MAKE TIME to cook meals and prep. That you are going to MAKE TIME to workout even when there are 72 other things on your to-do list.
Shoot…you may even just find that by making health and fitness a priority in your day, you are less stressed and get even more done even on the busiest of days.
I can tell you that when my life is at its most chaotic (like right now with my wedding fast approaching and work busier than ever), I feel the best and most energized on days, weeks, months when I’ve kept my priorities straight and made sure to make time to eat well and workout.
So stop making excuses about why you can’t lose weight. Or rehab the injury. Or eat clean.
Decide to MAKE TIME and make it a priority.
It may sound selfish to make your own health and fitness a priority, but if you don’t take care of yourself, how can you truly be there to support anyone else?
Do you love talking about health and fitness?
Do you love to find the latest trend and read about it and go all gung-ho for like three days and give up?
I feel like over the past few years I’ve met a ton of people who seem to like TALKING about healthy eating and working out, but that DON’T actually do it.
And those are the same people who wonder why they aren’t getting results.
Sorry but talking about being healthy doesn’t make you health.
You’ve got to actually WORK AT IT.
You’ve got to PRACTICE what you preach.
I don’t sit on the couch eating chips and bread as I tell you to eat only meat and veggies.
I don’t ask anyone to do something that I haven’t done before or am not willing to do myself.
I don’t try a new diet or workout program AND RAVE ABOUT IT only to give up on it a few days later.
Every guideline, every recipe, every workout or tip I’ve written about I’ve tried…And believed in.
As with everything, I’ve evolved. I haven’t given up…I’ve just found better ways of doing things.
So what I’m saying is…
For one, you’ve got to actually give something a try. You can’t just get all pumped about a new diet and talk about it to everyone. And rave about how great it is going for the first week only to give up because of some dumb excuse the next week.
For two, once you give something a try…like really give it a chance to find out if it works, you CAN’T stick with it after it has PROVEN not to work for you.
Basically I’m telling you that you can’t just talk about being healthy or rave about something that isn’t getting you results.
And if you want results, you’ve got to give your diet and exercise experiments a chance to prove if they work. At least a month is needed of strict adherence to know if that program works for you.
On the flip side, if you want results, you also can’t stick with something that you’ve tried and hasn’t work. You can’t just stick with something because it worked for someone else. Don’t just keep following something like a drone. Think about it!
Anyway, the point is that you won’t get results by just talking about being healthy. You’ve actually got to go after it. You’ve got to try things…and I mean really try them. You’ve got to find things that work and things that don’t work and you’ve got to keep growing and evolving.
So stop talking about getting fit and start DOING IT!