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It’s 2018: Still No Time to Get Healthy, Get Fit, or to Look and Feel Better

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It’s 2018: Still No Time to Get Healthy, Get Fit, or to Look and Feel Better

“I don’t have time.”

Coming into the New Year, I’ve heard this a couple times recently from people who say they want to get fit for 2018 but simply do not have the time to even begin.

Bullshit.

They say they want to get fit but they just have “so much going on right now, they don’t have time to sit down.”

More bullshit.

Time is no friend to any of us. But to say you have NONE to spare is nothing but an excuse (have I used the word bullshit, yet?). Remember: You can. So you either will or you won’t. This works no differently with time. If you want to make time, you can. So you either will make that time or you won’t.

Let’s break the “no-time” myth into two sections: 1) Eating Healthy and 2) Working Out.

“I don’t have time to eat healthy.”

Wrong! Eating good foods doesn’t take any longer than eating bad foods. Actually preparing healthy meals in advance will save you time from having to find your meals on the fly. You won’t be fighting lunch-hour traffic, rushing to and from fast-food joints, because everything you need to eat for lunch will be nicely prepped in Tupperware, ready to be thrown in the office microwave. Debunked. Dead. Don’t even try me. Next!

“I don’t have time to work out.” Wrong, again! You can find time to work out. Even if it is a thirty-minute session three times a week to start out, you can make the time. Let’s see… There are twenty-four hours in a day, so a thirty minute workout plus the ten minutes to and from the gym leaves you with just over twenty-three hours to spare… Am I missing something?

Again, time is no friend to any of us, but we are always able to make time for the things that are important to us. You can, so you either will or you won’t–it’s that simple. If getting fit isn’t important to you, right now, that’s fine. But just be honest; don’t make excuses. Rather than saying: “I don’t have the time”… maybe say: “Changing my body isn’t important to me at this moment.” Again, that’s entirely ok, and that can always change. And when you’re ready, we’ll be here to support you in your exciting and challenging journey.

Here are a few time-saving tips to help you in your quest toward the best body possible:

*A successful nutrition plan must be goal-oriented, practical, and efficient. Buy foods that are nutrient dense, fit your macro goals, and are quick and easy to prepare.

*Prepare your lunches for the week in advance. This should take no more than an hour to do. I recommend knocking it out Sunday morning right after breakfast so no excuses can pop up later in the day to prevent your meal-prepping.

*Skip breakfast (if needed). If you are bulking, you’re going to want to eat. If that’s the case, get up earlier and scramble some eggs, etc. But if you aren’t bulking, skipping breakfast isn’t all that bad. A little ketosis never hurt any one.

*Cook practical, quick dinners. Lose any and all complicated recipes that sound awesome but are nothing more than a pain in the ass to prepare and a black hole for time.

*Buy some pre-made meal replacement shakes to keep around the house and office. This is a very convenient way to throw in additional protein and calories while keeping you from going astray.

*Wake up an hour earlier to get your workout done before work. For the new Crew Members, I cannot recommend this tip enough. Get your workout done and over with so there is no possible way to skip it later. This is a HUGE one. Get it done!

*Do bodyweight exercises—push-ups, crunches, lunges—while you watch your favorite shows. The Voice is on for several hours a day. Why not get your workout in while watching Blake Shelton and Adam Levine’s bromance blossom?

*Make the gym the only place you allow yourself to check your social media. If you commit to this, I don’t know why, but I have a feeling you’ll find some time for the gym. Strange.

Again, if you feel strapped for time, but really want this to be the year you make positive changes to your body, it can be done. Start with small actionable items you can commit to one-hundred percent, and plan your week in advance. When you are ready to commit to more time and effort, then do so. I know that once you start looking and feeling better, even from the small changes you implement, you’ll all-of-a-sudden find ways to make more time and put in more effort. Progress and success are highly addictive.

It’s 2018. No excuses. You have the time. Either make this the year, or don’t—it’s up to you.

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