One of the biggest reasons women don’t get into shape is because they don’t have time.
Especially those of us who either have children or work full-time (or both).
The thing is, if something is important enough to you, you WILL make time for it. Even if it’s just a little time. And a little can go a long way.
For example, my children (ages 1, 3, and 6) are the most important thing in my life. And they keep me VERY busy,
It’s easy for me to believe that I don’t have time to exercise.
Especially since, on top of being mommy all day, keeping the house in order, and cooking all the meals for the family, I also run a business.
So, it would be soooo easy to tell myself I’m too busy to exercise.
But, in reality, leading a healthy and fit lifestyle doesn’t have to take much time at all. No more than a few hours a week. Less even.
I was overweight most of my life. It got worse when I had kids. I told myself I was too busy to get fit. Yet, I was watching almost 3-6 hours of TV per week (most people watch more).
I didn’t have 2 hours a week to workout but had 3-6 hours to watch Netflix?
What kind of example was I setting for my little ones?
Teaching them that TV is more important than health and fitness?
That’s it’s okay to make excuses?
That there isn’t time in life for things that are important—like taking care of my body and mind—but there’s time for television?
Now, I was around 200 pounds at the time. Which may look fantastic on some women. On me, it didn’t.
In fact, I felt horrible about how I looked. I even hid my body in baggy clothes. And I had zero energy. Like a lot of moms, I was tired all the time.
And I knew I was letting my children down. I was teaching them poor habits.
Finally, I’d had enough.
I had to do something about it.
So, I cut back on TV and started going to bed a little earlier.
I’d then get up before the kids and, a few days a week, bust out a quick at-home bodyweight workout while the family slept.
I also began replacing bad foods with yummy good foods. Not all once, mind you. But gradually. Because I didn’t want to lose a bunch of weight super fast, but be hungry and miserable and gain it all right back—which happens to a lot of women.
By making these changes, over the next six months, I lost 63 pounds and have kept it off a long time now.
I feel way better, have way more energy, and am sooo much happier with how I look.
Plus, I’m a better example for my children. I’m teaching them to make time for things they value, make exercise a habit, and eat foods that nourish their bodies.
It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done, has been a massive win for my children and me, and it only cost me a few television shows.
If getting fit is important enough to you, you WILL make time for it. You WILL find a way.
Otherwise, let’s face it, it’s just not all that important.
A lot of people think to get results they have to exercise 5-7 days a week for at least an hour. NOT TRUE. You can get even better results with 2-3 short workouts per week when you do it right.
A number of the women I work aren’t able to meet me for workouts every week, so I design programs for them to do at home or at their own gym and check in with them throughout the week to keep them accountable.
Others bring their children to our workouts and let the kids run around the play area while mommy gets her workout on. Some new mothers bring their infants to the sessions.
Whatever it takes.
And when you’re willing to do whatever it takes to get in shape, you WILL find a way.
Many of the busiest people in the world work out. Business owners, CEOs, world leaders, mothers of nine children—all make time for it.
And because of their exercise and nutrition habits, they have far more energy than most people who don’t work out and are often far more productive.
Working out and eating (the right way) actually gives you time. Not just by helping you live longer, but by helping you be more productive. You have more energy, can focus better, and are in a better mood.
And when you’re in a good mood, you’re much better at whatever you’re doing. Plus, whatever you’re doing becomes way more fun.
No one ever started working out and eating right, got into shape, and then regretted it.
But the world is full of people who regret not doing something about their health and fitness.
I spent a lot of my life like that.
Then I quit making excuses and made my health and fitness a priority.
I know the struggle of having a busy schedule.
But I also know that if getting fit is important enough to you, if you VALUE it enough, you WILL make time for it.
Yes, it takes commitment and hard work. But it’s doable. I see proof of it every day in the women I work with it.
Anyone can do it.
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