I am a busy mom with a long commute and little time! Here is my aha moment of the week-
I have a lot of responsibilities that aren't going away any time soon- and there are only so many hours in the day. What I discovered this week is that I do have some ability to change the order in which I do them, which can make all of the difference.
This week I tried something new- instead of cooking dinner when I got home, I prepped everything the night before. Why? This allowed me to come home from work and do something for me for once. Preparing dinner still took about an hour, but I was able to exercise from 5-6 and enjoy the nice weather, then do homework, bathe the kids, make lunches, etc. after they went to bed. Just being outside improved my sense of well-being.
Added bonus- I could actually track my food ahead of time because I knew exactly what I would eat, saving me more time the next day. I also decided to get the kids moving too, so we went to the local skating rink this morning. Instead of cleaning the house by myself, I set the timer and got them to help speed clean. The prize was getting to go skating. We had a blast, the kids got mommy time, and I burnt some calories.
You may not be able to make big changes to your schedule, but a little flip could make a big difference.
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I think your perceived "lack of time" is really a matter of not putting yourself first. You matter. It is worth the time and effort for you to live a long, happy, healthy life. Even if it's just 10 minutes to start off, take the time. If something else doesn't get done, so be it.
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I find when I feel like I don't have time to work out, I pop in Jillian Michaels Kickbox fastfix dvd. The workout is only 20 minutes, so instead of having to get up an entire hour earlier, it's just 20 minutes. Also the more days I work out in a row, the more motivated I feel. And after a week of quck 20 minute workouts, they fly by :)
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It sounds like you have defined your own challenge. All you need to do is banish excuses. When I made a resolve to delete them, my forward progress truly got a boost.
"He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else." Benjamin Franklin
"Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses." George Washington Carver
All of you out there~ what is your favorite "fix" for a perceived lack of time? I find myself making excuses that I don't have time to exercise / eat right. I KNOW they are just excuses, but they constantly derail my momentum.
What do you all do to light the motivational fires to get past this perception????? Any help, even "quick fixes" would be GREAT! Thank you!!!!
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