Throughout the years I’ve had many excuses in my pocket. I was either pregnant, just had a baby or nursing a baby. I was tired from work, raising tiny children, cleaning the house and cooking meals. I felt depressed, unmotivated, sleepy, fatigued, overwhelmed and discouraged. There was always paperwork to complete, children to entertain and engagements to attend.
The ONE thing that kept me sane, was giving a little bit to myself every day. I didn’t need to exercise 2 hours a day or eat perfect meals throughout the day. I just gave each day whatever I had…whether that was 30 minutes of intense running on the treadmill or eating a healthy option at a fast food restaurant when I was too busy to prepare in advance. Don’t focus on perfection – focus on progress. Focus on doing the best you can with whatever you have. Here are TEN things I did to live a ‘No Excuse Lifestyle’:
1. I scheduled time to exercise. I put it in my calendar and showed up just like I would any doctor or work appointment.
2. I exercised the moment I woke up. I have workout DVDs and a treadmill at home that I used before the children awoke at 630am.
3. I invested in a family friendly gym. The gym I joined (CalFit) has a nice kids area that the boys enjoy playing in – so when I weight train, which is usually 3x/week, I get to bring them. Gym memberships can be costly, but if you budget for it, you will find that it’s worth the long term investment.
4. I made sure I had my healthy food staples in the fridge, which included tuna salad, turkey meatballs, eggs and chicken on hand whenever I was rushing out the door. I also kept almonds in my car and trail mix bars in the diaper bag for quick snacks.
5. I carried a waterbottle everywhere I went. It was important to detox and hydrate my body through the weight loss process.
6. I wrote down everything. I kept a fitness calendar that showed how often I trained and a diet journal that depicted how much I was overeating or undereating.
7. I made short term goals that built my confidence and allowed me to focus on something tangible.
8. I trained at the park with the kids performing lunges, pushups, squats and step ups. I jumproped and performed burpees in our backyard. There was never an excuse why I couldn’t find 20 minutes to get active.
9. I shopped in bulk and always bought a steady supply of tuna, chicken breast, ground turkey, salmon, veggies, (along with diapers and wipes) to ensure I always had food on hand. I rarely went out to eat (esp with kids) and was able to save money and sanity this way.
10. I made a decision and I stuck to it. I knew that I could either complain and feel frustrated for the rest of my life, or try now and keep trying until I got to my goal weight. I told myself, “NO EXCUSES” and I eventually achieved my fitness goal to be fit after three kids. Good luck. – Maria Kang
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