As a busy, working parent, finding time for yourself and your health can feel impossible. Back in 2016, I was a mom of a 2 year old toddler and a new baby; I was a teacher, wife, and working on my second Master’s degree. I was busy to say the least. During this time, fitness was not a priority. I wasn’t going to the gym, climbing the stairs at work was a serious struggle, and my food choices were based on convenience.As my energy levels started to plummet as well as my overall well-being, I knew I had to make a change. By this point, I knew what wasn’t going to work and wanted to find something that would. Here’s what I knew:
1. Not the Gym
I had so many previous gym “episodes” that I couldn’t count them. I would consistently go to the gym for about a month and then things would happen, other plans would be made, I’d be too tired, I wouldn’t want to drive that far, etc. Not to mention, going to the gym was a chore. The whole process took a minimum of 2 hours: picking out clothes, getting there, changing, figuring out what to do, changing again, and driving home. There was no way I could create that kind of time with everything I had going on. That’s not to mention the whole “gym” atmosphere. Am I the only one that feels as though there is this constant competition at the gym of “who really looks like they know what they’re doing?” You’ll be doing an exercise and the entire time you’re doing that exercise, you aren’t counting reps, no, you’re trying to figure out which machine you should use next so you don’t look like an idiot when you’re done with the current one. The gym was a no-go.
2. Not a Class
Spin classes were great. I had a blast going to them. However, they were still a hassle to get to and from- and with my busy schedule, I knew I wouldn’t be able to commit to a specific time. and times were limited. A class where I had to commit to a specific time was also out.
3. No Fad Diet
Fad diets hadn’t worked for me in the past and with children and limited time, I didn’t want to make multiple meals. I needed healthy options for the whole family and not just myself. I wanted something that would be long-lasting. A life change is what I wanted, and an extreme diet would not fit into that category.
So what did I need to ensure success? Here are the things I knew were necessary:
This worked for me. Examining all of your excuses and deciding to try simple changes can make the biggest difference. I KNOW you don’t have a lot of time or energy. I’ve been there. What you have to ask yourself is “how important is my health and wellness? Can I be the best worker, parent, and spouse if I am constantly tired and unhealthy?” Stop trying the things that don’t work. Fit and healthy does not have to be complicated and take up 2 hours of your day. The smallest changes can make the biggest differences. Thirty minutes a day really can count and give you amazing results.
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