One of the biggest excuses people use when they want to lose weight is that they "don't have enough time". The truth is: The amount of time you really have, is the amount of time you're willing to make.
To be perfectly honest, the moment you decide that you want to lose weight is the EXACT moment every obstacle will be highlighted and put right in your face.
Depending on what you have going on in your life when you decide to lose weight (i.e. working a strenuous job, running after a 2 year old, or writing papers, etc), it IS possible. As cliché as it sounds, you can do whatever you put your mind to do.
When adulting, in order to achieve the goal of weight loss when you have a busy schedule it's important to:
Be realistic about your time management. Find out what time of day works best for you, when it comes to working out. Some people are early birds, and like to get it out the way first thing in the morning; and, for others...it's more convenient to train in the evening. Also, it's important to have a clear picture of the things you need to complete each day. And if you're trying to shed some pounds, making efforts to be mindful of what you eat, and to exercise should be at the top of your to-do list.
Don't over-commit. What I mean by that is, when you first make the decision to lose weight, you might be sooo excited... to point of wanting to commit to working out every day, and to cut of all "bad foods"; but it's important to NOT overdo it lol. The reason it's important to not do too much too soon, is because there is a high chance that you will crash and burn. Whether you seek guidance from a professional or you seek out on this adventure on your own...commit to goals that are realistic. For example, a parent who works full time, in school part time, and volunteers weekly would burn out quickly if he/she commits to train 7 days a week and eat "perfect diet" without fail. Speaking from professional AND personal experience, it's better to build upon what you can do...right now. It's important to take it one step at a time, so that you don't end up resenting the fact that you couldn't keep to your goal. Start slow and doable, then go from there.
Identify your supports. Ask yourself if there is anyone in your personal, and maybe even professional, circle who would be of some sort of support to your throughout this journey. This could range from a family member who goes grocery shopping with you to a co-worker who chooses to workout with you on lunch. Also, you could find out if there are any health based/weight loss programs at your work, in the community, or better yet start a weight loss accountability groups amongst your friends or co-workers. Nowadays, support is just a swipe, a finger tap, or a "like" away. Social media is probably the most utilized network of support for weight loss nowadays. There are so many free groups on Facebook, Instagram, and other sites where you can follow others' weight loss journeys for encouragement, and reach out to them for tips. Research shows that people who have support are more likely to stick to a weight loss/health program. If you're interested in additional tips or resources on weight loss,
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Know your "why?"
Knowing why you want to lose weight is probably the most invaluable tip of all; because there are going to be days when you won't have motivation. Life happens. We all have bad days; and, it's important to note that there will be times when it will be very hard to go and kill it in the gym, or to say, "No" to that 4th cheat meal this week. That's why it's important to keep in mind the reason you want this. That reason is what you'll need to create the discipline of getting the work done in the gym and in the kitchen, everyday.
Now these are just beginning tips on how to create space for a weight loss regimen when you're in the midst of adulting through a busy schedule. I'm not a guru...just a person who's been on a her own fitness journey for several years, and who helps people out professionally as a health coach to improve their lifestyle. The fact is, I don't know your personal life, so there's no way (aside from working with your individually) that I could know what goes on in your day to day life. What I do know is that losing weight when you have a lot going on IS achievable, but only with the right mindset.
So for those who really want to shed pounds, whether it be for the looks or for your health...or both, I challenge you to go back read the 4 tips above... however many times you need to. Then pick one, and follow its suggestions according to what YOU have going on in YOUR life. Everyone has to start somewhere, and you can do this. Good vibes on your journey.
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