Welcome to the beginning of a new chapter in your life! A chapter where you choose to make yourself a priority despite all of the demands life brings you. Being a wife and also being a mom brings its fair share of demands on your time and often we forget how important it is to take care of ourselves. But things are about to change – 2017 is YOUR year!
The two areas that many of my clients – myself included – struggle with when it comes to fitness are time and accountability. When we have the demands in life and constantly choose to put others’ needs before our own – it is easy to lose sight of what we need. When we have husbands we want to please and children who need care and support, it is easy to feel like you are on an “island” alone when it comes to your health.
I know you’re not alone – I speak from personal experience. I have had my fair share of valleys when it comes to my own health & fitness journey.
Yes, I am a personal trainer and I can tell you what you “should” do. But I am not going to do that. I am going to share some best practices from my own life and the lives of my clients that have really helped them stay on track and get back up when they feel like they have fallen down.
First, let’s talk about time and the importance of putting “book ends” on your day. Time is pretty limited these days, isn’t it? Do you plan out your day before it even begins? If not, it is time to start. I encourage anyone to work out when they have time, but cannot stress enough the importance of getting your workout in before the demands of the day take over. Even if you plan out your day, something can come up that could change your day, leaving you frazzled, and having “one more thing to worry about” since you didn’t work out in the morning. So why take the risk? Of course this means you must consider creating a consistent bedtime schedule too – but is that really a bad thing? Book end your day – start it with a workout and your devotional and end it with going to bed at a decent time and getting a good night’s rest!
Next – let’s talk about accountability! Who is going to hold you accountable? People who believe in you! Who are those people? Friends, members of your fitness classes, and personal trainers. With the demands of life, how often do you talk to people who encourage you or how often are you around them? How often do you encourage them in return?
See where I am going with this?
When we get so caught up in our busy lifestyles, we not only fail to make time for ourselves but also fail to make time for people in our life too. It isn’t intentional, but is inevitable. There are also people who need things from you pulling on your time. It is time to start weeding out the negative and adding in the positive! Positive people who will hold you accountable to your goals and help you realize that anything is possible. Those people don’t just appear though – you must seek them out. Get involved in a fun fitness class at your gym. Hire a personal trainer. Ask a friend to join the journey with you. Once you do that, don’t leave one another hanging though. Commit to each other that you will check in, talk, or get together often. Find a trainer who is available to encourage you outside of your sessions if you are working with one. That is one thing that I offer my clients and it keeps them engaged and they see results! Motivation is hard alone, but once you have someone to help keep you accountable you will find more of it! This group is perfect for that so rely on each other during these few weeks.
I wish I could tell you that developing a fitness routine is as easy as following a plan you find on Pinterest but that isn’t the case. Some people have that inner drive, but those people are far and few between. We need to reach out to our girlfriends and great support system and make the time for what we want to achieve. That motivation doesn’t come from just counting reps or timing a run. It comes from knowing that you have made yourself a priority and that others are holding you accountable – and you are doing the same for them – on this health and fitness journey.
You are worth this change. Believe! Anything is possible when you put your mind to it.