I know you read health and fitness articles like, yeah that’s great, but I actually work. So I’m here to commiserate for a minute with you (just a minute though, cause then we’re going to turn it around!). Life is not always rainbows and butterflies and carefree long runs. Life right now for me is being woken up by my 2 year old (before my 5am alarm) and getting out the door for my morning commute by 6:15am.
This is also coming off a whole summer of being off and basically living a completely different life. A life where I could schedule time to nurture myself so I had a little more to give to everyone else.
Our short minute is over, because I’ve actually read so many similar stories in the blogosphere lately and have been inspired by everyone’s’ journey–so I’m hoping to pay it forward as well and spread some inspiration to you.
After surviving the first few days pretty well, I decided to focus on what I could do instead of what I couldn’t do. Running took a backseat–does that mean I should throw in the towel?
The all or nothing mentality can be so unhealthy.
Instead I’ve identified the top healthy habits I want to incorporate into my busy life. These are the quick fixes that give me the highest return on my investment.
I was getting dressed this morning and spontaneously thought, why did I stop? Push ups take no more than 1 minute of my day, and yet they make me feel so strong and invigorated. I dropped and did 10. You can do 10, 20, 5, or 1–but just try it!
2. Meal Prep
In my opinion, when we stop caring about what we put into our bodies, we are truly lost. Luckily, I started my Paleo journey in early August when I had the time to devote to it. I’ve carried this lifestyle into September and am much healthier because of it. I have satisfying lunches and dinners waiting for me even when there is no time to cook.
I tried something the other day that I’ve only ever read about. The one day I got up before my daughter, I decided to look at my planner instead of mindlessly checking/deleting emails and social media. My mind began to pour out. I planned my meals for the day, drafted blog posts, and overall visualized how I wanted my day to play out. I felt like I had control over my day, as opposed to the day controlling me.
4. Treat Yourself
Yes, I said it. The combination of stress and food deprivation can have disastrous effects. Allowing yourself some treats that are worth it, can make the difference between happiness and binging. For me, sneaking some chocolate into my day does the trick just fine 🙂
Just move. When in doubt, move. However you need to, move. It doesn’t always have to be a run or a trip to the box. It can be some simple yoga flow in the middle of the kitchen, squats on the patio, or planks while they play. Even though these actions may seem small when compared to others, movement begets more movement.
The great thing about these tips is the snowball effect. Just how movement begets more movement, eating healthy (and feeling healthy) makes you want to do it more. Being in control of your day makes you want to do it again. The feeling is addicting.
Just watch out for those treats!
What are your top fit tips for when life gets crazy?
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