“You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.” — Charles Buxton
Every day we make decisions that take up time. Time for family, time for work, time for this and time for that. In my previous post, I talked about making your decision. After you decide “I will be better, I will live better” you have to figure out, how does one place this new element in a life that is pretty dang well full? Interestingly it’s not too difficult. What is difficult is purging the time-consuming parts. So, what has to go, so we can get to getting? I guess that all depends on your goals.
Initially, a good place to start is with the foundation of all health. This requires some adjustments. The foundation, in this case, is your diet. This is where it starts and for many, where it ends.
Why is it so important? Why has it derailed and obliterated so many from achieving their simple desire of being healthier, fitter individuals? The short of it is, whether it’s fat loss, muscle gain, lower cholesterol, clearer skin; without a stable and clean diet, you will only get so far. Yes, it is a numbers game for the extreme; if you wanted to lose 10lbs and not care if after you gained it and then some back, just burn more than you eat. If you want to make lasting change, this is where you start. Begin with eating breakfast if you never do or doing intermittent fasting a few days a week to get the benefits of autophagy. There are too many methods and styles of eating to start in on. That is a whole article to itself. I will touch briefly on it in my next article in this series “Finding Your Program.”
Let’s say for the sake of argument you did this, you are on track with cleaning up your diet and want to add-in fitness, but you have 2 kids, a spouse and work full time. Well, the answer is super simple and might be slightly defeating at the same time. Please refer to the quote at the beginning of the article. “You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.” The above scenario is me. Kids, work, etc. I get up at 5 am in the summer or 5:30 am in the fall/winter to do my training 3 to 4 times per week. Doing this I dedicate all my time after work to my family. I simply decided that getting up a little earlier than what I would otherwise do to achieve the best results I can and I find it works perfectly.
This obviously might not suit you and it’s obvious that it’s not a new revelation. Consider it a challenge. A call to arms, or abs, or whatever. The length of time differs based on what study you read but the average is 21 days. 21 days to make fitness a habit and by habit, I mean normal to you. What 21 days won’t do is get you up to shave off seconds from your 5k time or add 10lbs to your high bar squat. That’s the beast within you that you need to unleash, feed and keep kindled. You want it. Just like the bad habits you have now, it takes work. You have to in some cases reinvent yourself but it’s completely worth it. Your health will benefit, your relationships will benefit. Even the discipline that you use to get up daily to work out and meal prep spills into your personal and professional lives, leaving a positive mark on those around you.
If you want it, earn it. Take it. Most of all fall in love with the process.
The next article will discuss various programs to get you started!
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