“Well done is better than well said.” ~Benjamin Franklin
I work a full-time job, blog 10 hours every week, keep up with my friends and my extended family, maintain a (somewhat) clean, organized home, AND I lost 10 pounds in one month. I’m just getting started, and you can do it, too.
If your life has become too busy, it may feel impossible to lose weight, or even to stop gaining weight. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard things like “Amanda, I don’t know how you find the time, I’m way too busy.”
The trick is, I never found the time. I made time.
I’ve said before that healthy living is all about PLANing. Prioritize, Learn, Act and Nourish your way to a healthier lifestyle. Each week, I look at my calendar for the next week and I make sure that the most important tasks are built in to my schedule. I block out time before work, after work, on my lunch break and on the weekends to meal plan, grocery shop, prepare the week’s lunches for me and Hubs, exercise, read and blog.
This means getting up a little earlier on weekdays than you may be accustomed to, and working a little more into the evening than you may be excited about at first. It may mean slowing down your social life a little (but it’s important to note that this shouldn’t make you so busy that you lose your social life altogether).
Get Your Priorities in Order
Prioritizing the most important healthy activities makes it easy to learn, take action and nourish your body . . . because you’ve already written all of these items into your schedule!
The best way to ease into your new routine is to start setting your alarm clock just 30 minutes earlier during the week. Dedicate those 30 minutes every day to a healthy activity. Your weekly routine could look something like this:
- Saturday: 30 minutes planning & scheduling the next week
- Sunday: 30 minutes preparing lunches
- Monday: 30 minutes reading a book or articles about self-improvement
- Tuesday: 30-minute walk
- Wednesday: 30 minutes reading
- Thursday: 30-minute walk
- Friday: 30 minutes reading
After sticking to this schedule for a month or two, you’ll begin to find that you feel motivated to do more. You may start setting your alarm earlier so you can both walk and read every day. Eventually, you may start adding in some strength-training activities, like push-ups.
The most important part of any plan is just getting started. What will you prioritize this week on your journey toward a healthier you?
Thanks for the Link-Up, Paula!