We’re all busy these days, and it seems more difficult than ever to find time to eat right, exercise, and take good care of our bodies. But when you want to lose weight, there’s really no way around it; you simply MUST make time to eat better and work out.
The best way to do this is by keeping your weight loss routine as SIMPLE as possible. You don’t have to follow a complex, time-consuming diet. You don’t have to spend hours in the gym each day.
Instead, follow these simple tips:
1) Stay ahead of the game.
You know you’ll need to prepare healthy foods and make time for exercise, so do all that as far ahead of time as you can. Don’t wait until the last minute because you’ll be much more likely to put it off. Lay out your workout clothes the evening before you’ll need them, and even keep an extra set in the trunk of your car. Wash, peel, and chop enough vegetables for several days so you don’t have to do it every day. These little actions will help you stick to your new healthy lifestyle and avoid sliding back into bad habits.
2) Revise your thinking.
Sometimes just thinking about something in a different way will inspire different actions. You may think you don’t have time to prepare healthy meals and snacks, but it takes just as much time to prepare something fattening as it does to prepare something healthy. Example: potato chips and dip are fast, but so is a piece of fruit and cup of yogurt. Rather than telling yourself it takes more time to prepare healthy foods, tell yourself it takes the same amount of time. It’s all in how you look at it.
3) Slow down.
Just feeling rushed can make you avoid taking on any more tasks, but if you deliberately slow down and take a few breaths when you feel pressured, time seems to slow down and you’ll realize that you do have time for proper self-care.
4) Make yourself a priority.
Finally, remember that you must make yourself a top priority in your life, even if it seems like other people should be more important. When you take care of yourself, you’ve got more energy and stamina to help others too!
When it comes right down to it, you’ve got a choice to make: would you rather be busy and overweight, or busy and healthy?
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