Kindred Spirits???

When you decide you're worth it, everything else falls into place

Are we kindred spirits? Do you struggle with eating healthy like I do? How about exercise? Do you workout 5-6 days per week or do you find yourself coming up with reasons not to do it?  I’m too tired after working all day – I’ll start tomorrow.  I didn’t get to bed early like I planned last night so I just can’t get up an hour earlier today to workout – I need more sleep.  I ate healthy all day and now I’m tired and hungry after work and just want to eat whatever sounds good to me right now – it all evens out, right? Sound familiar?  The we are kindred spirits because I can relate to all of those statements.

Okay, so we’ve established we’re kindred spirits, but how do you get past all these excuses? I can’t speak for everyone but I can tell you how I get past them – most of the time:).

First of all, we all have to remember that we’re human; we’re not perfect and we’re going to fail at times.  The secret is to not dwell on the failures and get right back at it. One slip up does not give you the reason or permission to give up and quit! You have to acknowledge it as a minor slip up and get right back to it.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s deal with these top excuses:

1.  I worked hard all day and am too tired to workout tonight – I’ll start tomorrow.

But, will you start tomorrow? Won’t you be tired after work tomorrow too? I know we’ve all heard it before but you will feel better after you get in your exercise session! You’ll feel better about yourself, mentally, physically and emotionally. And you won’t have that feeling of regret and guilt you’ll have for not doing it.  Try this – make yourself a deal. You go ahead and start your workout do and do it for 10 minutes. If you still feel too tired, you can quit but the odds are that you won’t. Once you go that long the endorphins kick in and more than likely you’ll keep going. And, even if you don’t, you’ve gotten in some exercise so you don’t have to fell guilty. If you think you only need to do some cardio for your workouts, check out my previous post “5 Reasons to Weight Train” here to understand why you need both.

2.  I didn’t get to bed as early as I planned last night and need to get some more sleep this morning instead of getting up for your before work workout.

I’m actually a night person but lately I’ve been making myself got bed earlier so that I can get up at 4:50am to get my workout in before work.  While it’s not easy for me I’ve found that by getting in the workout before work, I start my day feeling energized, confident and positive! To make sure I do get up, I start powering down everything at 9:30pm every night so I’m in bed by 10pm. I do a little reading and it’s lights out by 10:15pm. While I can’t say I’m happy and cheerful at 4:50am, I do get up and throw on my workout clothes (which I laid out the night before), get a drink of water and get to it! I’m currently reading the book “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod, and it’s convincing me how valuable this early morning time is.  He gives a tip to pop a breath mint into your mouth first thing so that the mint will wake you up. I haven’t tried it yet but it might help.

3.  I ate healthy all day and now I’m tired and hungry and just want to eat what I want right now!

One of my problems is I also LIKE dinner. It’s the only meal of the day that I really like and enjoy so not only do I want what I want to eat without caring if it’s healthy or not, I like dinner! How can I control this? Well, I can’t just quit liking dinner but I can make sure that I’m not starved and want to eat anything and everything. I do this by not just eating healthy all day long but eating sensibly.  Remember the old saying “breakfast like a queen, lunch like a princess and dinner like a pauper?”  Well, that’s not quite the answer either but it’s closer to the truth.  In addition to eating a good breakfast, lunch and dinner you need to add in several small healthy snacks during the day.  And, these small snacks should include a small amount of protein. For example, pieces of apple with a little peanut or almond butter.  So, have breakfast and a couple of hours later, some apple slices with a little peanut butter.  Then a couple of hours later have your healthy lunch and around 2pm some fruit and cheese. Now, you’re not starved along with being tired so you can either eat the healthy dinner that you’ve planned out ahead of time or make a healthy choice for that meal.  Then a couple of hours later, have one more healthy snack before bedtime.

While I don’t pretend to have all the answers, I do know that these strategies have helped me lose 20 pounds and I’m going to keep them up so I can lose the last 15 that I want to lose. How about you? Since we’re kindred spirits I know you can too!

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I have been an International Sports Science Association Certified Personal Trainer since 2009, a Certified Boxing Fitness Trainer and I love helping women over 40 stay fit and healthy or getting their health and fitness back after spending all their time taking care of others.

4 Responses to “Kindred Spirits???”

  1. Teresa Kindred
    April 4, 2016 at 1:05 am #

    Good for you! Keep it up. I admire you, especially on the 4 in the morning part!

    • April 4, 2016 at 2:38 am #

      Thanks Teresa! I think we have to squeeze in the workouts whenever we can. For me, if I don’t do it before work, I tend to make excuses that I’m too tired after work. How about you? Do you have a set time that you workout and what do you do?

  2. Janetta
    April 28, 2016 at 7:49 pm #

    I’m the “tomorrow” person. 🙁 Thank you for your helpful hints.

    • April 30, 2016 at 4:51 am #

      You’re so welcome Janetta! Which one did you like the best?

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