We hear it everyday, we see it in others, we say it all the time: ” I’ve been so busy” , “I just dont have the time”, “My job is so demanding” , “Maybe when the kids go back to school, swimming season is over, when my kids are older.”
Beginning an exercise program or cooking healthy meals isn’t just for those “people who have the extra time”, it can be for everyone, but it will only happen with planning and preparation. Planning allows you to prioritize your time. Start with simple steps that can be included in your routine.
Plan your day. Take a few minutes to look at what you must accomplish, and what you would like to do. Set aside time for things that will need your extra attention throughout the month, and factor in extra time for travel due to weather and traffic. Determine what’s most important to you and your family, and what you can do without.
Write it down. Spend 10-15 minutes at the beginning or end of the day is recommended. Use a daily or weekly planner, calendar, or even a simple notepad to set aside time for: food shopping, cooking meals, exercise, and rest. Plan all other activities around those time frames.
Anticipate setbacks. Visitors, celebrations, illnesses, tragedies, snow days, obligations. We only occasionally have a “normal” week! Come back to your plan on a regular basis and change it if it’s not working.
Be willing to make sacrifices and take some risks. You may find that it changes your life for the better!
I recently read a borrowed copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul, and it had so many inspirational stories of hope, success, and vision for living life to the fullest.
One story that stood out was about a teacher who gave her grade school class a lesson on believing in yourself. She asked her students to write a personal list that begins with “I can’t”. Some had a whole sheet filled with I cants, some only had a few. Of course the list included a variety of “I can’ts such as I can’t read well, I can’t run fast, I can’t get an A no matter how hard I try, and so on.
She then concluded the lesson by asking students to tear and fold each “I can’t” from their sheet of paper, and then bundled them up for a trip outside. There she them dig a hole for the group and bury the folded pieces of paper in the ground.
She asked them to remember that these self-defeating thoughts were now buried, and announced that they would no longer affect their self -worth, their dreams, their abilities to accomplish what they want in life and who they want to be.
Do you find yourself coming back to the same self-defeating thoughts, unfounded truths, and reasons for limitations when it comes to reaching your health and fitness goals?
Maybe its time to make your own “I can’t” list, and bury them for good. Now, what can you do?
CLEAN OUT AND DONATE YOUR SHOES to Soles4Souls Inc. Do you have any shoes that you do not wear anymore or that the kids have outgrown? You can donate them to participation sites for Soles4Souls Inc.
Soles4Souls Inc. is an international charity dedicated to providing free footwear to disadvantaged people domestically and around the world. They can use ANY pair of shoes whether it is a child or adult size and anything from flip-flops to dress shoes. This organization provides shoes to those in need from natural disaster, disadvantaged, hospitalized, and international needs.
For participation sites and more information, go to soles4souls.org.