My Transformation

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I Just Don't Have The Time!!!

Okay, so I can relate...there are MANY days where I am spent. I feel like a ship sinking to the bottom of the ocean as I plunge my body onto the couch...just to rest a few minutes. Then, while there, I don't want to get up. Ahhhh...the remote is within reach...CLICK! But wait...I don't watch television!!! So, what am I DOING?!? I'm avoiding...I'm making excuses!!

Honestly, just yesterday, I was at work from 7:30 in the morning until 9:30 at night. Literally, I was on my feet the majority of the day, and by the time I got home, I had more work to do that I decided to take with me. Some days, I truly envy people with a 9 to 5 job! I'm a single mom who works a full-time teaching job and manages to juggle a part-time Beachbody business too! My life always seems to have included helping others in some way, so no matter what path I take, that will continue to be a part of me. Maybe one day things will change and I won't have so much on my plate, but for now, things are what they days are PACKED with a
"To Do" list then never seems to get done...I'm always needing MORE hours in the day!

However, even though I put in so many hours, I still managed to run home for about 30-45 minutes to make a healthy home cooked meal! I had to eat, right?!? So, something didn't get done...what was it?!? My workout. Here's the thing, if there was one thing I SHOULD have done, it's my workout!!! UGH

Sharing from Tony Horton's11 Laws of Health and Fitness, I'm going to discuss making a plan, stress, and sleep. For me, all three are pieces of a puzzle. Without the other two, it's incomplete. You want to stay healthy? Then, you're going to need to be committed to your fitness goals. By doing so, you'll help relieve stress. Without resting your body, you're not recharging!!

Let's start with THE PLAN. This is the most important aspect of health and fitness. It's done to help create accountability for yourself. When I was first starting out, I had to come up with a reason that would motivate me to stick with it. For me, it was my son! I wanted to not only be able to keep up with him, but I also wanted to be around to watch him graduate from college, get married, and hold his children. It worked. Additionally, I became a coach. No, I was NOT at my goal weight. So, at first, I did it for the discount on the products. However, I think the thing that motivated me MOST was that I now felt accountable to others. People would be watching me...closely! So, I decided to let them watch. I was going to REACH my goal and I did. How did I do it with so much going on and having so little time? I set a plan.

"Plan it and you'll do it! Wing it and you won't!"

Just follow the rules:

1) Schedule your workouts 30 days in advance. Decide what you're going to do and stick with it.

* As a side note, as a team Beachbody member, you can auto schedule your DVD workouts in Beachbody's virtual gym, WOWY! If you need assistance with this, let me know, I'm happy to help you get it set up. You'll also have a chance to win money or prizes by logging those workouts through Beachbody's virtual gym.

2) What & When - Write it down! What are you going to do? When are you going to do it? Write it down! Pretty straightforward, right?

3) Magic of two pens and a 10 cents calendar. Write the information in one color on your calendar. Mark an X through the completed workout with a different color. Tony said, "30 X's are great. If you've got only 15, then you're stuck in bipolar fitness hell." Put your calendar someplace you'll be forced to look at it daily (front door, refrigerator, bathroom mirror, etc.).

4) Stay accountable with workout partners. If you've got someone who will be your workout can keep each other on track! Find someone who will be consistent though.

Many people think that those of us who are fit just LOVE working out. We eat, breath, and sleep thinking about it. They think we look forward to our workouts. While this may be true sometimes, I can assure you that I am NOT someone who's ever enjoyed exercising to stay fit. Playing sports is one thing, but forcing myself to get a workout done is another. Nope, I don't like it, but when I'm doing it, I feel GREAT! Even Tony said that he always hears people say something like, "That Tony...he's so motivated!" His response? "No. I'm. Not! I need 47 people to hold my hand. I find excuses not to do it!" However, he too said that once he's doing his workout, he is completely into it!

This brings me to stress. Stressed-out, sleep deprived people don't eat right or exercise. The bottom line is that stress sucks up all of your energy, it decreases strength, can lead to injuries because of a lack of focus, it diminishes your desire to complete tasks, and causes poor sleep patterns. It's up to you to battle the stress. Eliminate the drama in your life...negative situations or people should not be given permission to bring you down. Choose the higher road...wisdom and forgiveness over anger and blame! Focus on the SOLUTION to a problem instead of dwelling on the problem at hand. Take time for yourself...even 10 minutes to just think...relax...unwind! Write your issues down (by putting them down on paper, you're releasing them). Then go to bed.

By resting, you're recharging and replenishing your body's needs. Sleep is needed to recover! It restores your body, mind, and spirit. 7 1/2-8 hours of sleep is essential for you to balance your own internal needs (emotional). It restores your cognitive and motor performance. A well rested body improves your athletic performance, it increases your energy level, it heals sore muscles and joints, and it replenishes your desire and devotion to eat healthy food and exercise regularly...for the rest of your life!STRESS DESTROYS...SLEEP HEALS!!!

If you're making time to watch your favorite television shows, then you most DEFINITELY have time to commit to your own personal health. The question badly do you want it?!?

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