I’m busy. I don’t have time to get fit and healthy.
If this is you, you can make time in your life to eat well and to exercise regularly. In fact, when you get into the habit of exercise, you’ll find that you seem to have more time to do everything else, because you have so much more energy.
Initially, you’ll need to do some juggling to get your exercise sessions in. However, since the sessions will be brief, you’ll manage it. Once you’ve got your morning and exercises in, follow through on the rest of our list of “justs”.
Just ten minutes
Start by finding ten minutes, morning and evening, in which you can either walk around the block, or walk on a treadmill. Mornings, the best time is just after you get out of bed. Leave your exercise clothes and shoes next to the bed, then get dressed and out the door before you have a chance to think about it — or anyone else has the time to stop you. Set your alarm for half an hour earlier.
In the evening, go for a walk as soon as you’ve had your supper. Or, take ten minutes from your lunch hour to go for a brisk walk.
Ten minutes (20 minutes over the course of a day) may not sound like much, but they’ll make a huge difference in your attitude and sense of well-being.
Just do one fun thing every week, all by yourself
When did you last have fun doing something that was just for you, all by yourself? We can get so caught up in life and in the needs of other people that not only do we forget about our own needs, we don’t even know what they are.
Rediscover yourself. Do one thing, ALONE, each week. This could be a walk in the park, a drive in the country, or a movie, as long as you do it alone.
The aim of this you-time every week is to help you to think and to dream, to discover what you really want. Women especially get into the habit of looking after others, and putting others’ needs before their own, so you need this time alone to make friends with yourself.
If you can’t think of anything to do, make a list of things that you might like to do, or things that you’ve heard others talk about. Choose one thing for this weekend — and make it a regular date every weekend. You don’t need to take an entire day, although you could — an hour or two is fine.
You may feel intense resistance, even fear, of doing something alone. Think about why that might be? Then, just do it. Walk out the door, and spend a couple of hours alone.
Just de-clutter your life
Everything you own, owns you. Everything in your life demands time. You’ll be amazed at the difference de-cluttering makes.
Have a garage sale to get rid of everything you haven’t worn or used in the past year. Or, sell your clutter on eBay. It’s easy to sign up at the site, and to get rid of everything that’s no longer needed. As a bonus, you’ll pick up some cash as well.
Just write down ten goals for 2006
When was the last time you wrote a wish list? A list of all the things that you would like to have, to be, and to do? Perhaps you’ve never done it.
Write down a list of 100 wishes. Make them as way-out and ridiculous as you like. Welcome fantasy. In your wish list, finances and other constraints no longer exist. Wish for anything and everything that you please.
Out of your 100 wishes, select ten goals for 2006. Write them out on a 3 x 5 index card, and put them where you will see them every day. On your bedroom mirror is good. You can even stick the card onto your computer monitor.
OK — that’s it. That’s your list of four “justs”. It’s a simple list, but an extremely powerful one. Try one or all, and you may just find that you’ve created the life that you really want.
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