Yes. Her 3-week-old.
We scooped him up & got directions about what to do when he got fussy. Then she commenced her first workout since having a baby.
Three. Weeks. Ago.
Though Jillian is a badass mother, impressing us all with training up to the day before she delivered!, her bad-assery is not the focus of my post.
Her presence reminded me that it took me 5 years to gouge out the time to put fitness back into my routine.
What else gets in the way of people making time for health?
- The all-consuming business, job, or career that you can’t escape
- The social commitments you can’t say no to
- The financial restraints you can’t overcome
- The family member in need of constant attention whom you can’t leave
- The overwhelming embarrassment, so you can’t train in front of others
- The constant travel, so you can’t make time
- The pain or injury, so you can’t workout
How selfish to even consider exercise.
Five years went by. I was unhappy, unconfident, & unfit. He got older, yet there was always a reason why “I can’t”.
I bet there’s a reason you can’t either.
- The kids are home from school. The kids are starting school. The kids are about to end school.
- I’m super stressed out at my job. I’m looking for a new job. I’m bored by my job.
- I’m so out of shape. I don’t have time to get in shape. I can’t be bothered to get in shape.
Whether you “can” or “can’t” is bullshit. Achieving what you want is truly a question of whether you will or you won’t.
For 5 years, I chose WON’T.
It’s a choice that keeps you from achieving your goal. I’d argue that it actually is selfish! Think about how your “can’t” keeps you unhappy, unfocused, unhealthy. It’s bad for everyone in your life!
I’m happy, energized, confident, & patient by being “selfish” enough to carve out the time to make fitness a lifestyle, to put myself first. I’m a better mom, wife, friend, partner, & employer when I WILL make that choice. I’m a nicer PERSON, for Pete’s sake. Is that selfish?
Ok, then I’m selfish.
- Is it really so terrible to put your kids in childcare for an hour while you workout?
- Will your business implode without your 24/7 non-stop attention?
- Will your job truly suffer from 60 minutes of you not answering email?
How much better of a parent, employee, employer, entrepreneur, partner, friend, person would you be by giving yourself that one hour?
How can you work around your constraints? No, really, I’m asking.
Your fitness routine may involve making time for a short walk or run. Maybe you do videos at home. Maybe you let your partner feed the kids a couple times a week. Or maybe you get up for the 5:30am class at your favorite studio.
Maybe you’re lost, out of ideas. We’d love to help you brainstorm. Dis-servicing yourself in an effort to service every other aspect of your life is a bad habit. And we specialize in breaking bad habits around here.
Bottom line: if you want anything badly enough, you can be creative, you can be selfish, & you can achieve it. We’ve done it ourselves. Ask us for help.