What is it that makes weight loss and healthy eating so difficult, and what can I do to help change that on my own personal journey? These are some challenges I know that I face. In writing about them, I am hoping to come up with solutions and to help others who deal with the same struggles that I have! I want to note that this will come off as me making excuses, and you are absolutely correct, a lot of them are just that, excuses. Which is why I am identifying them and working to ditch them! We all have our excuses and reasons why we can’t and don’t do things. All that matters is being able to identify them and work toward solutions to stop making excuses and start doing the things we say we want to do.
Time Management: Finding, and making the time to workout. As a working mother of two small children, I honestly feel like I spend the majority of my time at work. On top of working, I have a pretty long commute to and from work. I spend a total of almost two hours of my day just driving to and from work. I spend nine hours at work, so already, eleven hours of my are invested into my job. Due to the hours that I work, I need to find a time to squeeze in a workout that doesn’t completely mess with my other obligations. My children. I work from 7am to 4pm. I have to leave my house by 6am, and am home just before 5pm if I am lucky. After 5pm, my husband has to go to work, and I take over the household duties. My daughter needs help with homework, I have to sit with her and my son to read. I have to cook dinner, eat dinner, and clean up after dinner. I also have to pack lunches for the following day, lay out clothes for the kids for the next day, bathe the children, have them brush their teeth, and get them to bed. Do some laundry if I have the time. This takes up the majority of my evening, really it takes up all of it. So, that leaves the mornings for me. The only real time that I have to make for working out is in the mornings. If I am to do this, I have to get up at 3am, get to the gym by 3:30am and work out till 4:30am. I will get back home by 4:41am to shower and get dressed for the day, and leave for work by 6am. I am very slow at getting ready in the mornings. The only solution I can come up with is to schedule my entire day. It seems like a daunting task, but entirely possible. I want to try to start by attempting to workout in the mornings, three days out of the work week. Unfortunately, this means I will need to start going to sleep earlier, and waking up earlier. Starting tomorrow I will do my first work-out of the week. I know once I start this habit my body will eventually adjust and I will be used to getting up early and going to sleep early! 🙂
Meal Prep, and cooking. I honestly suck at meal prepping. It’s a ton of work, and I am lazy. I have limited time and honestly don’t want to use my time to meal prep. In order to change for the better, and to take care of my body, I need to suck it up and plan my day better and have a designated time for preparing my food for the following day. I know I sound like a whiny baby in this blog, but I am being honest about my feelings!
Having a sedentary job. My job is an office job. So, I spend most of my day sitting at a desk. I am going to try my hardest to stand for at least half of the day. I have a standing/sitting workstation, so I need to take advantage of it! If you don’t, try and get up periodically to stretch, or walk. I also work on the third floor, so instead of being lazy and taking the elevator, I am doing to do my best to take the stairs. It may not seem big, but I know that making these small changes long term will benefit me. Standing burns one and half more calories per hour than sitting. Working at a sedentary job, and sitting most of the day, I actually feel more tired by the end of the day then if I had been standing all day or moving around. It’s almost like the laziness just kicks in, and sitting all day just makes me want to sit around more! Which is not conducive to being healthier, obviously.
Finding the motivation to get off my ass, and work out. Having been inactive for such a long time, and accepting my inactive lifestyle, it has made me lose the motivation to get up and do it. I don’t know how to overcome this, I am just trying to push myself harder by doing small extra things to be more active. I am also going on instagram to look at motivational memes with quotes to inspire me to get out there and be active! Life is amazing, and I want to experience it. I don’t want to sit on the sidelines watching others do the things I want to do, I want to be doing them! 🙂 Maybe on my journey I will find more tips and tricks on how to get motivated, and I will share them, but this is a constant struggle for me personally. Especially since I do have depression and doing every day tasks can seem so daunting! Let alone going out and getting exercise. I think that for now the best thing I can do is to take small steps in the right direction, and not beat myself over what I haven’t done, and focus on what I can do and will do.
Getting hungry at night, and succumbing to it. I have a notoriously horrible habit of getting up in the middle of the night and eating. Not only am I eating when I absolutely don’t need to, but I am consuming an ass ton of extra calories that I simply do not need. To stop this bad habit, I am going to keep a bottle of water next to my bed at night. When I wake up hungry, I am going to drink the water instead, this will also save me an unnecessary trip to the kitchen! I will also keep junk out of my home so that when and if I do grab something to eat at night, it is a healthy, nutritious snack. This is hard for me because honestly, when I get up to eat in the middle of the night, I usually want something sweet. Like chocolate, or cereal…. or hot Cheetos. Basically, crap that I shouldn’t be eating!
These are just some examples of my struggles, I am hoping to do my best to overcome them to achieve a healthier and better life. Thanks for reading!