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Make Your Health A Priority

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

This morning I read a blog with a bit of a plea - how am I going to have time for the BLC and “me” when I have ____ and ____ and ____ and....

And then I thought of two gals from the clubhouse with 7 and 9 kids I think it was. OY! MANY home school moms, moms involved in church, awana, full-time jobs, scientists turned teachers, single moms going to school, moms getting their doctorates. In other words, full time jobs on top of full time jobs right?

Me too!

But then I realized that not making my health a priority meant that everything and everyone else on my priority list was getting less of me because I had less to give.

What are your top five priorities?


You know that jar and pebble analogy? If you fill a with lots and lots of small stones (things that are not in your top five) you will never be able to fit the five big stones (your priorities) into the jar. But if you start with the big stones, the smaller stones will settle into the jar.

Only YOU can figure out how to make YOUR priorities a priority first and foremost and make them work. Doing the most important things before starting the less important things works. I know my energy level, procrastination levels (high) etc.
You maybe have to juggle until your husband gets home. You may have to work out at lunch. You may have to get up at the butt crack of dawn to work out.

It doesn’t matter WHEN you do it; like Nike says...JUST DO IT!

Do you know what the hardest part of getting in fitness usually is?


You’re too tired. (Exercise gives you more energy)
You’re too sick. (You might not be able to exercise but you can make smart food choices)
You’re too heavy. (There are exercises for people of all shapes and sizes)
You’re too weak. (See above)
You’re too busy. (Too busy to take care of yourself?)
You’re kids are too little. (You can exercise with kidS - this is a non-excuse)
You’re too old. (You’re never too old)
You’re already thin. (But are you healthy and fit?)
You don’t like exercise. (Put on your big girl panties and get over yourself)

You don’t have money for fancy equipment. (You don’t need any equipment)
You can’t afford to eat healthy. (Can you afford to be sick?)
You don’t like the cold. (Me either, thank goodness you can exercise inside)
You don’t like the heat. (Bitch and complain)
You don’t like freggies. (Blend them up and drink them, that’s what I do)
With the exception of a few circumstances (extreme obesity, prolonged illness) there is no reason you can’t make small (and big) changes to change your health. Even when you are sick, tired, overwhelmed, broke, or just stuck in a rut.

The biggest obstacle is :::drum roll::: OURSELVES!

Stop putting off tomorrow what you can do today and just do it!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    not sure which is better the big girl panties or the butt crack of dawn but both made me giggle.

    When I got married , my girlie friends had a party for me. my one friend gave me a pair of thing underwear so big I could wear them as a teddy!

    1891 days ago
  • PRIZM96
    I am sooooo learning this! And actually have to say I am getting better at it! I love my family and they deserve the best ME they can get! It' s my job to become that! :-)

    Love ya!
    1892 days ago
    Well said!
    1892 days ago
  • SUNNY332
    I have to agree that those are some "big girl panties".

    Love the blog. Let's make BLC the best!

    1892 days ago
    Now THOSE are sum big girl panties! HEE HEE

    Definitely have had to make myself a priority over the past 3 yrs. Initially it was uncomfortable, but have learned over and over again how much more I have to offer to others when I take care of ME!

    Great blog.

    1892 days ago
    I got mildly chewed out by my dentist last night about self care. It's important, but it's hard! Some of this about saying no to other things and saying yes to ourselves.
    1892 days ago
    I made me a priority for a year while I lost it all and now I know I have to keep my health high on the priority list for ever while I maintain. If you can make it habit it becomes much easier.
    1893 days ago
    Great blog, Kal, as always and you make some very valid points. Really looking forward to the start of BLC21, I need it. I fell of my streak around Thanksiving and a weeklong exercise break turned into over a month, til now. I can definitely feel the bad effects of slacking off-low energy, high stress, depresion, etc. TIme to get back to it. 2013 is the year I put myself toward the top of the list, next to God and family. I know I'll not only be healthier but I'll just feel better too.
    1893 days ago
    big girl panties ON!

    I've been trying to get over myself forever, but physically, I always get in the way. One of these days, I will totally succeed, though, zip right on by myself and conquer ALL THE THINGS.

    I'm excited for this next blc chapter-- we're going to rule the island!

    1893 days ago
    Every quarter of the year, I go through my commitments and list my top 3 priorities. If it isn't in my top 3, it might not get done, but at least I know where my focus is!
    1893 days ago
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