And we all know what happens to the YOU that you used to love and admire; you become worn down, exhausted at the end of the day, and sometimes in the middle of the afternoon, just to wake up the next day and do it all over again. With all these extra distractions, we tend to put ourselves last on the priority list, until one day we look in the mirror and are unhappy with ourselves. It could be that we gained a few too many extra pounds, or we just look beaten down that day. Whatever your reason, there is a solution to getting more energy, looking your best, and feeling your best again.
Yes, I know you have heard this before, its exercise and nutrition. But how do we find the time in the middle of all the excess that is in our lives? We don’t; WE MAKE THE TIME!
Yes, you heard me right. We make the time to get our kids to practice or a play date. We make the time to go run errands in the middle of our work day. We even make the time for chores around the house and yard work. But what about making the time for yourself, even if it’s only 1 to 2 hours out of your day?
As a once busy mother of 4 children, I loved fitness and knew that if they all needed to be driven to practices, friends’ houses, doctors’ appointments, and the dentist, to that I needed to dig deep and ask myself what I wanted of myself was to be a better version for them. After a long look at my daily calendar between work and the kids and everyday life, I only saw 2 options: late nights after everyone was settled in, or early mornings before the house was awake. Then I had another seriously honest conversation with myself. If I would choose one time over the other, would I be setting myself up for failure and excuses as to why I couldn’t do it? Well, I know who I am and I love once my day is over to plop down on the sofa and watch a show and get ready for bed. I honesty couldn’t see leaving my house after my comfy pants were put on. So as much as I hated to admit to myself, I would have to, if I wanted this bad enough, to wake up before sunrise and grind into the gym, not very bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. And, yes, the first month of doing that was the worst month, and I had many an argument with myself as the alarm was going off, to just roll over and go back to sleep. BUT then the magic happened. The alarm wasn’t so loud. The jump-start to my mornings started to change. I became more energized during the workout and long into the day as well. I was able to last longer at night with all the running around I had to do, and I found out, before I could rub the sleep from my eyes, that my body was changing as well. In a few short months, life was starting to improve, and I started to see the person I had not forgotten.
The bottom line in the start of any fitness program or nutritional changes, is that we will have good days and we will have bad days. However, the days turn into months and before you know it, a new lifestyle is born. Pick your goal, weigh your options, be honest with yourself, and make a plan you can stick with, then wait.
Fitness is a journey; no matter how long it takes, it’s worth the trip.