My favorite excuse for being out of shape was “I had no time.”
I was either working too much, in school all day, or didn’t have the time to cook healthy meals.
But seven years ago as my 21st birthday approached…
I realized I was 20 pounds overweight and out of shape.
It hit me hard.
Everything I wore was just a little too tight here and there and I hated seeing pictures of myself because I didn’t look as fit as I used to.
Did I want to ring in my 21st birthday feeling the same way too? No way.
I set a goal.
I wanted look and feel amazing by the time my birthday came around and I wanted it bad.
I was becoming an adult and what was more adult than taking care of myself?
Then something magical happened.
I made it to the gym.
Not once, not twice, but three times a week!
I got excited just getting dressed for the gym. I felt so in control, disciplined, and determined. Packing up my gym bag, I anticipated feeling energized and just plain good about myself once my workout was done.
I lost 25 pounds.
So what happened?
“How did I magically” find the time to hit the gym as a full time student also working 40+ hour weeks?
Did an extra hour get added to my day?
Did I quit my job?
Did I drop a class?
I just made my health a priority. I made it just as important as going to school and working.
Up to the day of my birthday, I worked out before work on some days, after school on others, and even on the weekends.
Once I made my health a top priority, I no longer relied on having time. I MADE time. Not having time was no longer a viable excuse.
Nowadays, eating healthy and training are a part of my everyday life. There’s never a question in my mind whether or not I’m going to work out. I fit it into my schedule like brushing my teeth. I just do it
If I ever feel the excuse creeping up, I remind myself why I started in the first place and immediately regain focus. It’s the little kick in the butt I need from time to time.
It also helps me because I’m always able to figure out what’s really going on in this head of mine. Maybe I need some more sleep. Maybe I’m stressed. Or maybe I didn’t manage my time correctly.
But there’s one thing always gets me going, and it’s asking myself this one thing…
“How bad do you want it?”
So try it out.
Whenever you feel unmotivated or like time is slipping through your fingers ask yourself that same question. If your answer is that you want it want it so bad you’d do ANYTHING to get it, then fight for it.
Re-prioritize your life.
Manage your time better and seek options that make being healthy work for you.
I know it’s not that “simple” though…
So here are 5 ways to set yourself up for success and never make “not having time” an excuse ever again:
1. Check class schedules:
Some places just don’t offer classes when you’re available. I get it. So find the ones that do.
Studios like ILKB have classes all day, every day. Even during lunch hours. I mean, do you really need a whole hour to eat your lunch? You know you’re probably going to eat at your desk anyways. Check their schedule here.
2. Become a morning person:
Get your workout done before your day even starts. Morning workouts have helped so many people stay consistent on their fitness journeys because it eliminates other excuses such as being tired after work or getting stuck in a work meeting.
Also, working out in the morning increases energy, boosts metabolism, and increases your focus for the rest of the day.
So go ahead give it a try. What do you have to lose?
3. Meal Prep:
Prepping your food at the beginning of the week has so many benefits. Other than saving you time throughout the week, meal prepping is also less expensive than ordering out. On top of that it helps you avoid temptations.
Meal prepping has helped so many people lose weight, stay on track and maintain their goals.
Aren’t these good enough reasons to give it a try?
4. Make a trade:
So your co-workers want to meet up for drinks? Friends haven’t seen you in a while and want to have dinner?
Change it up and invite them to join you on your workout. Make it worth their while and say you can catch up even more during an after class smoothie.
Having someone there with you has its benefits too. It creates a support system where you and your friend keep each other motivated, accountable, and on the right track.
Hey, you never know, you might end up with a workout buddy.
5. It takes a village:
Have to clean? Pick up groceries? Drop the kids off at school? Have someone else do it.
I was an avid laundry doer until I saw a sign at my laundromat that said, “More gym time? More tanning? More you time? Drop off your laundry with us.”
I was like, “What a genius idea.” But it wasn’t that revolutionary.
It’s ok to ask for help if the end goal is your optimal health. Plus we live in a world where there’s an app or service for almost everything.
Check out FlyCleaners, Blue Apron, and Handy. You’ll thank me later.
Remember, there’s no such thing as not having time.
You make the time.
You have to want it so bad that nothing can stop you.
Just like your job, your family, and anything else that you hold near and dear to you, make your health number one.
Not number two or three.
Once you do that, meeting your goals will no longer seem impossible.
Because you’ll never give yourself another excuse again.
Now I want to hear from you.
What excuses do you struggle with? What excuses are you going to DROP like a bad habit TODAY?
Comment below and let’s finally get you fit.