I get it. I’m a busy mom just like you and I know how our fitness goals can fall to the wayside as we take care of our kids, work full-time in or outside of the home, and try to do all the things we have to do.
Maybe your excuse is that the kids are home on summer vacation and you can’t stick to any kind of routine when they’re home all day. You tell yourself that as soon as they are back in school, you’ll get back to your routine.
Because busy is just another excuse.
When we feel busy, we might be talking about that sense of overwhelm when we have too much going on or we aren’t sure what our priorities ought to be. We might say we’re busy simply because it’s what everybody says and we don’t want anyone to think that we aren’t doing our fair share of all.the.things.
I think that busy is an excuse our brain makes when we don’t want to change. It’s our brain’s way of keeping us safe within the confines of what we know and what we’re comfortable with.
I’m not trying to say that your life isn’t packed full. I’m sure it is because I know mine is! I have kids, I run a business, I take care of my home, I spend time on my marriage, and all the other things that we all do as busy women.
However, I know for sure that if I allow myself to make “busy” my reason for not going after my goals, I will always remain stuck in the same place I am now.
As long as you use “busy” as an excuse to not go after your own goals, you will also stay stuck right where you are.
You must choose to stop using being busy as an excuse to not get what you want. Tell yourself the truth instead. If fitness isn’t happening regularly for you, then you need to face the fact that it isn’t a priority for you.
When you feel overwhelmed, or busy, you can’t make good food or fitness choices. When fitness isn’t a priority for you, you will shove it off as you continue to run out the door to a million other things. And while you’re out, you’ll make poor food choices.
The more stressed your lifestyle makes you feel, the more poor food and fitness choices you will make. Are your kids driving you crazy? Notice how much more junk you eat. Do you have a day full of errands? If you don’t plan ahead, you will grab junk while you’re out.
What I want to do in this episode is give you 10 things you can implement today to help you make time for fitness. Don’t try them all; choose 1 or 2 to try and see what happens. Here we go…
Every time one of my clients tells me that they didn’t meet their goals because the week just got away from them, I always ask if they took the time on Sunday to ground themselves. Nearly every time the answer is, “No.”
Maybe you’ll wake up and walk for 15 minutes or do some weights. Whatever it is, you decide that this is how you’re going to start your day.
I recently talked about establishing a morning routine that sticks and this should be part of that routine. It’s simply how you start your day, every day. No excuses, no bargaining. Just do it.
I know how easy it is to get sucked down the Instagram hole. You get on for 5 minutes and when you turn around, it’s been 45. I get the fear of using technology when most of us are trying to shorten our usage, not extend it.
I actually put my phone in airplane mode from 8:00 at night, when we put the kids to bed, until 6:00 the next morning. This allows me to spend time with my husband in the evenings instead of staring at my phone.
Think about it; if you’re already too busy for fitness, what’s going to happen when you try to fix your eating habits, your exercise, and your overall health all at the same time? You are going to quit.
The way to beat the overwhelm and actually see change is to tackle one thing at a time. Choose one meal to tackle first or decide to journal for 5 minutes every morning (Grab my FREE journaling prompts to help you lose weight here).
It’s not only a financial investment, though. It’ a time investment. You can’t spend hours scrolling social media or reading People magazine if you want to change your life. There are things you have to do if you expect to meet your goals.
What I mean is that because fitness is now your priority…because you are making an investment in your health…because you have given up all the excuses…you now know that doing something is always better than not doing it because it isn’t perfect.
Let’s say you have a sick kid at home so you can’t get to the gym. Perfect would be your Barre class at the gym or working out with weights for 45 minutes or seeing your personal trainer.
- Done is walking for 30 minutes.
- Done is doing some interval cardio at home, like jumping jacks, running sprints in your back yard, or running up and down your stairs (You can grab my FREE workouts out here for those done over perfect moments).
- Done is sitting down with your journal for 5 minutes even if you didn’t get any sleep last night .
- Done is choosing a salad at the fast-food restaurant.
- Done is grabbing a bottle of water instead of a soft drink.
Be intentional about your day and the choices you make even when life is throwing lemons at you as fast as you can duck. Stop with the all or nothing mindset; it’s a sure road to burnout. Take one step at a time. Done is always better than perfect so just do something.
I talked a little bit earlier about how your brain wants to protect you from change. One of the brain’s top jobs is to conserve energy. So when you try to make changes in any area of your life, your brain is working hard to get you to go back to the old way, the easy way.
“Whew, this is hard. My brain doesn’t want me to get up at 5:30 to work out but instead of acknowledging that thought right now, I’m going to put my feet on the floor. And now that my feet are on the floor, I’m going to put on my workout clothes. And now that I’m dressed in my workout clothes, I’m going to get busy.”
It’s literally one step at a time. That’s how you make new pathways in your brain to make change sustainable. You have to do the same thing over and over, one step at a time, in order for your brain to decide that the new way is the safe way.
And pretty soon, you’ll be where I am! I don’t have to talk myself into waking up in the morning to journal and work out anymore. I don’t have to fight my inner self to order the salad at Chick-fil-A instead of the nuggets and fries. It’s just what I do.
My morning routine is a part of my identity now but I started right where everybody starts. At the beginning. 70 pounds overweight and knowing I had to do something.
It took time and focus to get where I am today. And you have to believe that with time and focus, you can get there too.
If you see yourself in what I’ve been talking about today…if you find yourself making excuse after excuse about how busy you are…if you’re tired of feeling like crap and you’re ready to make a change…
Stop making excuses. Stop saying you’re too busy for fitness. Busy women can make fitness a priority. We can change our body, change our mind, and we can decide what we want our life to look like.
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