One of the biggest concerns I get from people is that they don’t have time to eat healthy or to workout. When I hear this I kind of laugh inside (but I don’t let them know!) because I really think this is such a funny excuse. We all have the exact same amount of time in one day – how we use it is what is totally different. I know that there are people who have a gazillion things going on in their life and it always seems like there is never enough time to get everything done. I certainly can’t even begin to show my respect to working parents who run from sport to school activity to church get together and back again! However, even with a busy schedule you can still fit in healthy meals and workouts. It just takes a little prepping and prioritizing.
The first step is deciding that this is something that is important to you. If you truly find value in creating a healthy lifestyle and acknowledge the benefits that it will bring you, you are far more likely to work it into your schedule. The second step is deciding that it IS going to be a priority for you. If it isn’t, it will always be the part of your day that gets pushed to the back burner and eventually falls off the schedule completely. If you struggle with identifying what you should be prioritizing, I highly recommend reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.
The second step to fitting healthy choices in your life is to look at your current schedule and see where you can fit it in. At first glance it may look like there is NO way to fit in a 30 minute workout, but look again. Do you HAVE to watch that new episode of Blacklist on Tuesday night? Can you wake up 45 minutes earlier each morning? Can you decide to go for a walk during lunch instead of eating out with your colleagues each day? This is where knowing there is value in a healthy lifestyle and prioritizing becomes key. You must sit down at the beginning of the week and find where that 30 minute slot is going to fit in each day and then MAKE. IT. HAPPEN. Seriously. Don’t just write it on your calendar, follow through with doing it!
The other piece to a healthy lifestyle is fitting in healthy meals and just like fitting a workout into your daily schedule, you have to plan so you are fitting in healthy foods. You are far more likely to stick to your plan when you start with a plan! Sit down once a week and make a plan for your meals. Not just dinner, but every meal of your day. This helps you see that you are balancing out your nutrition, eating regularly throughout the day, and helps you organize your grocery list for the week. There are so many recipes and meal ideas that allow you to prep foods on a Sunday so that you can store them and use them throughout the week when it is crazier.
If you need help planning your meal plan for the week, knowing what should even be on your meal plan, or finding quick, easy meals that you can prep check out my past blog posts or follow my on Pinterest. You can also fill out my coach form and I’d be happy to help you develop a plan that is just right for you, your family, and your busy schedule.