Busting the ‘TOO BUSY’ Myth!

 

Ok so I am going to put this little nugget right out there from the outset-
We make time for the things in our life that are important to us.

 

Here it is again:
We make time for the things in our life that are important to us.
Right?
Right!

 

So if you feel unhappy about your size/health and think about losing weight constantly, yet just cannot seem to find the success you crave – then you may need to ask yourself a couple of questions.
The first question is-

How important is becoming slimmer to me?

The second question is-

Am I making time for my weight management project?

Now, consider how aligned your answers to the 2 questions are?

If weight loss is important to you and yet you don’t make time for it, then bingo there is your problem.
Those of us with long term weight issues know, that weight loss is unlikely to happen without a certain amount of planning and effort.  And that takes time, right?

I’d argue that the single MOST important thing we can do to get the results we want, is to maintain a CONSISTENT FOCUS. Both words are equally important here….

FOCUS, because so many of our daily habits, (including eating and how active we are) are ingrained.  We are on auto-pilot.  So in order to create NEW habits and behaviours and to ingrain them, we need to FOCUS.  We need to hone in on the detrimental habits and create new ones. I’ll say this just one more time- this takes FOCUS!
CONSISTENT is important,  because it’s the only way to eliminate old unhelpful behaviours and create permanant new habits. It’s the answer to achieving our body goals.  To FOCUS CONSISTENTLY, day after day over a period of time until the new habits become our new auto-pilot.

 

So, I can almost hear the excuses coming now…

(I’m not being judgemental or flippant here- I have used these excuses myself!)

Excuse Number 1

I have to put everyone else first…well, you’ve got to look after your kids first don’t you?
And my spouse/partner/elderly parents/dog/cat/chickens/random friends with problems etc.etc., they need me too.
It would be selfish of me to put my needs first, wouldn’t it?

Reality Check to Excuse Number 1

Um selfish?  I don’t think so!  If you don’t look after YOU, and YOU go under-then what??? Then all those who need you, will have to do without you anyway!
ALSO, it’s not about you necessarily putting yourself ABOVE everyone else (unless you want to! And if you do, that’s OK!  In fact it’s good! Remember that whole thing of: ‘in case of emergency, put your own gas mask on first’, so that you can help others?).
If it feels more comfortable for you though, you could put your needs on a parr with everyone else’s needs. Either way, it’s essential that you move yourself up those rungs!

Excuse Number 2

There was just too much going on last week, for me to focus on my weight management!
It was so-and-so’s birthday, I had a big project on at work, the kids were playing up, I was so tired/ stressed/ fed-up/happy…blahdy-blahdy-blah!

Reality Check to Excuse Number 2

This excuse is about not having enough headspace to be able to focus on our body goals alongside everything else that is going on.
Or not wanting to!
But the reality is, that we get to choose where we allocate our headspace.
In truth we could each spend just 2 or 3 minutes at the beginning of the day (or the night before) thinking about what the prospective challenges of the day ahead are. This then allows us the opportunity to  come up with a plan to work around them so that our healthy eating is not impacted in a negative way.
Seriously- it only take a few minutes of focus to keep on track. (Consistent focus each day, of course).  Don’t buy into this excuse!  It’s a lie!

 

Excuse Number 3

Yes but seriously- I’m SO busy. I work full time, I have a family to take care of…I just end up running out of hours in the day!

Reality Check for Excuse Number 3

Yes indeed.  Modern life can be super busy, there’s no denying it.
Yet again though, we are the one’s who organise our time.  We can choose to prioritise what is important to us.  We can decide whether to spend 15 minutes less on social media, or get up 15 minutes earlier to prep a healthy lunch.
Eating healthily doesn’t need to take hours and hours.  Creating a simple eating plan for the week ahead and doing one big shop a week, could actually save time.  We have to eat and shop anyway, don’t we?

Right, so let’s go back to the beginning then…

We make time for the things in life that are important to us!
Question is-just how important is taking care of your body, to you?
And do you now think you might be able to find a few moments a day to get this show on the road?
Talk to me in the comments- I’d love to hear from you 🙂

 

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9 thoughts on “Busting the ‘TOO BUSY’ Myth!

  • May 2, 2017 at 6:54 pm
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    I think I always use excuse number 3. So from today I am going to commit to having 15 minutes of me time every day. 😀

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    • May 9, 2017 at 10:29 am
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      Fabulous! Glad you’ve been inspired to take action Amanda 🙂

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  • May 4, 2017 at 7:11 pm
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    So very true all those excuses I can hear me say them all!! Over the years I have done this but right now its me time.

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    • May 9, 2017 at 10:29 am
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      That’s so good to hear Caroline 🙂

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  • May 9, 2017 at 1:04 pm
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    number 3 is me also, always to much to do not just for myself but for others always feeling tired whatever time I go to bed!
    I am trying to make more time for myself, and I will get there just plodding on taking each day as it happens.

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    • May 9, 2017 at 2:38 pm
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      Thanks so much for your comment Debbie! Good that you are focused on making more time for you. 🙂

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  • May 12, 2017 at 6:54 am
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    Fantastic post Anna, and wow you are so right, we all make time for what we want to in life…really enjoyed reading this as always 😊X

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  • May 13, 2017 at 8:37 pm
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    Great important points Anna. Yip and all the excuses I head for years as a therapist or coach teaching clients to put their health first. It is always worth challenging clients, why everything else is important

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