Motivation Monday

10.17.2016

Carving Out Time and Falling in Love with the Process

Happy Monday!!! In the interest of time...let's dive right in.


So last week I addressed the rewards of kicking excuses to the curb and allowing the reasons for change to take the lead. Because so many people struggle with finding time for exercise and time to cook healthy meals, I think it’s worthwhile to dedicate today’s topic to carving out time and the rewards of falling in love with the process.


I get it, we all have busy lives and sometimes it seriously seems like there is not an ounce of time we could dedicate to meal prep and/or exercise. But the good news is: there is! And oftentimes, it’s our own fixation on the alleged belief that not a drip of time exists that’s the largest barrier to our taking action. Once you realize that you can shift your routine, that the 30 minutes or extra hour you carve out will seem like it’s been there all along.


How do you do that? Well, there are a couple of ways. First, you can go to bed earlier and wake up earlier. Waking up earlier by an hour can give you extra time to work out or even get that trip to the grocery store out of the way. Many grocery stores are open 24 hours a day, and so this can be your opportunity to check groceries off your list so that you can take the time you would have gone shopping and use that for meal prep or working out.


Second, you can weave in health-oriented activities into your usual schedule. On Sundays, chop up veggies and grill a bunch of chicken to use for different meals throughout the week. Learn some healthy smoothie recipes that fill you up but don’t take major prep time. At work, park further from the entrance, take the stairs instead of the elevator, and use your lunch break to walk around the neighborhood of your workplace. Find co-workers to join you and make it fun. If you are a class person, look up fitness studios near your office and find a class before/after work or during lunch. Many have showers so you can’t make being sweaty an excuse!


Third, re-evaluate your calendar and optimize your use of time. If you take minutes at the front end of the week to comb through the week ahead, I can almost guarantee that pockets of time will appear. Then be smart about using those pockets of time. And also, be realistic. You may only be able to find two days a week to get a serious workout in or cook a healthy meal, but hey—that’s better than nothing!


Making these changes will reward you—physically, mentally, emotionally. The process you create for yourself will become something you appreciate and love. So go do it! It’s Monday and you have a whole week to make time.


In good health and much gratitude,

Meg

About Motivation Monday

A quick read on a weekly topic related to Health and Wellness written by yours truly! From the depths of my heart, I truly hope to help motivate so that you can feel inspired to take charge of your health and wellness and live the spectacular life you are meant to live!

Meghan Lyons, MS, Nutritionist

Wife, mama, health and wellness enthusiast! Undergraduate and graduate school gave her two degrees in Human Nutrition. Life reminds her daily about why her degrees matter and why they are such a gift. Live healthy. Be Happy.