One of the reasons I started the blog was to address living a balanced life. It has become common + praiseworthy in America to be very busy or super-mom/dad/woman/man. A lot of people are filling their plates to the brim, and then becoming stressed + unhealthy because of it. As I have mentioned before, many of my personal training clients cited a busy schedule as the reason they became unhealthy. In fact, it was the most common reason that people skipped workouts or didn’t prepare their own meals. Today, I want to help you find some time for both 🙂
First: what does living a balanced life mean to me? It means I’m prioritizing my time with the most important things. For me, having balance doesn’t mean that I don’t have a lot going on. Here is a list of where most of my time goes to: I’m a full-time nurse. I started and am nourishing a blog. I spend time talking to people about AdvoCare + growing my business, I spend quality time with my friends + family. I spend a lot of time with my awesome husband + date him weekly. I spend time with my awesome life group. I attend church + get into the word. I contribute to the household cleaning. I’m a firm believer in sleeping 8 hours+.
Guess what?! I still make time to workout 5x a week! What I want to show you here is I’m NOT superwoman. What I do is prioritize. That’s one of the buzzwords of the blog if you haven’t noticed. PRIORITIZE, BALANCE, YOU ONLY GET ONE BODY 😉
Starting the blog was a lot more time/work than I initially thought. Some of the posts you read are edited 10x before they are published. Sometimes I need to research the topics + I’m constantly reading to improve my own knowledge + pursing other blogs to get inspiration. Truthfully, the blog has been such a positive light in my life. I have been inspired in my own training and nutrition. It has opened up so many conversations with people about eating better + exercising more. I also love to read an email from someone who I haven’t met before that was inspired by a post enough to reach out.
Becoming “busier” with the blog (something positive) means that I needed to re-prioritize other areas. What have I stopped making time for? Truthfully, the biggest thing is TV! I have zero shows that I need to see every week (not even Scandal anymore). It’s freeing. If you have a show/night that you watch…maybe you can cut one or two out? Especially if time is your excuse for not exercising or preparing meals. Maybe you are skimping on other things in your life such as time with your friends or significant other, this could free up time for a lot of things! A quick google search + peruse of several articles said the average adult American spends 5 hours/day watching TV….that’s a ton of time friends!
Maybe for you it’s not TV, but maybe your time gets wasted on social media. I was talking with one of my coworkers about this subject the other day. She was saying how she checks her phone a ton more on her days off. Well, all that time adds up. So if time is your excuse and your refresh your Instagram 20x a day, there is your time right there!
Maybe you are a gamer. Haha, I have zero clue about any types of games. Do people still fake farm? I just learned about some Trivia Crack addicts that I know. Maybe you need to cut back here, delete the app! 😉
Okay, so what if work is the biggest time sucker in my life? This is reality in America. People are spending so much of their time/energy at work, that they feel like they don’t have time to be healthy. My best suggestion is to set boundaries for yourself. Schedule workouts as if they are a meeting, a meeting that you cannot cancel (maybe you need to make an actual meeting with a personal trainer or a workout date with a friend). Also, as far as meal preparation it’s really smart to prepare ahead of time to set yourself up for a successful week of eating. Grocery shop on the weekend. You can easily cook a bunch of lean meat + wash your fruits and veggies for the week on Sunday. You can go as far as putting pre-prepared healthy snacks + meals in Tupperware so you can just grab and go when you get busy.
Fitting in your workouts might take some adjustments. Drew went through this just this year. For a while he was waiting until after work to workout (so that we could workout together), but it just wasn’t working. He was tired and hungry after his workday and it was hard to get there. I gave him my blessing to do what worked better for him, although I miss my workout partner! He now gets his workout in before work and has found better consistency. Say no. You do not have to commit to every invitation that comes your way. Don’t overload or you’ll be a stressball that makes unhealthy choices.
I think it’s important to take a couple minutes to see what you are spending most of your time on + evaluate if those are your priorities. Are you using a time crunch as an excuse? If it is, try to write down a few things you could let go (see you later TV).
I hope everyone has a terrific week. I’m SOOOOO excited for the interview this week. You are going to meet an awesome personal trainer that I’m trusting to program my workouts. I cannot wait to start working with him! -Ames