We all live busy lifestyles and never feel like there’s enough time to get everything done. We’ve all said, “I’m so busy,” or, “There just aren’t enough hours in the day,” probably more times than we can count. And with all of the responsibilities that fill up our calendars – work, family, volunteering, hobbies – it’s easy to think there’s no time left to get in shape and lose that extra weight.
But with your goals in mind and some creative planning, it’s possible to lose that weight! Here’s how:
1. Plan Your Meals Ahead of Time:
Decide what meals you’ll be eating before you head to the grocery store, and then buy according to what you need to create each of those recipes. This will not only help with your stress level at the end of the day because you won’t be wondering what you’re going to eat, but it will help you make healthier choices, prevent any impulse buying, and lower that total when you go through the till!
You can slice your vegetables – great for snacking or tossing into your recipes – a couple of days ahead. Keep them in airtight containers to retain freshness, and they’ll be ready when you need them.
Cook extra meat or whatever protein so you can use it again later in a stir fry, salads, wraps or casseroles.
2. Plan Your Workouts:
Write your plan down and schedule it so you know when you’ll be doing it. This makes it something concrete just like attending a meeting or meeting your best friend for lunch. You’ve already scheduled the time, so finding time is no longer an issue!
If you are very busy during the work week, you can plan short, high-intensity workouts or cardio sessions. On the weekends, plan to work on the upper body one day and the lower body the next day with two or three short workouts during the week you will be all set. Days off can be earmarked for your longer resistance training workouts.
3. Make sure you get enough sleep:
You will want to allow your body to recover and also allow your mind to rest and reorganize everything it has done during the day.
4. Don’t forget to drink lots of water!
The value of water to help with proper functioning of our bodies and to flush out the bad stuff we don’t need (that often shows up on our bodies as extra weight) can’t be overstated!
With just these four steps, you can start making your health and fitness a priority and start losing that weight, even if you feel like you don’t have time to do it. It’s not as difficult as you think! Just remember why you are doing it – you aren’t punishing your body; you’re worshipping it and treating it properly – after all, it’s the only one you have!