I often have friends ask me what they can do to lose weight. Obviously I always state the obvious: Eat healthy and exercise.
These are pretty much the two major changes one must make in order to get healthier. There’s no magic pill or potion that will do it for you. If there were, I’d be walking around looking like Jennifer Aniston.
But so often I hear “I don’t have time to exercise” and/or “I don’t have time to eat healthy” (I’ve also heard “I don’t like vegetables/fruit” and “eating healthy is too expensive”). The best response I’ve ever heard to those excuses comes from my man, fitness God Shaun T “If you’re not willing to make the change then you’re not ready to lose the weight.” (Okay, it may not be verbatim but it’s the gist.)
IF YOU’RE NOT WILLING TO MAKE THE CHANGE THEN YOU’RE NOT READY TO LOSE THE WEIGHT
I believe this wholeheartedly. If you are wanting to lose weight or get healthy then nothing will stop you. Nothing stopped me. Nothing has stopped me, not even doctor’s orders** (I am NOT condoning this!! I mentioned in my About page that I have an exercise addiction and I wasn’t kidding.). About 6 years ago I was working three jobs (1 full time of almost 50 hrs a week and 2 part time jobs that took up my evenings and weekends) and I always made time for exercise and eating right. If that meant I’d have to fit a work out in at 10 o’clock at night then that’s what I did. If It meant I’d have to get up extra early to make a healthy lunch then that’s what I did. If I were travelling I would research the hotel and see if they had a fitness room and healthy menu options. There really is no excuse why one can’t make healthy choices.
**To clarify what I mentioned above, I had surgery this past fall and I was told not to exercise for 6 weeks. When the surgeon told me this in consult I had a panic attack. I was not happy. Exercise is my life. What was I going to do not being able to exercise for a month and a half?????? What I did was compromise. My surgery was on a Thursday. I returned home from the hospital late Friday and recovered until Saturday. By Sunday I was out walking. I walked everyday from there on, regardless of the weather. Regardless of how I felt. And after a few weeks I added the eliptical back into my routine in addition to my walks. NOW, that being said, since my surgery wasn’t a major one I had the ability to stay active. If someone has a serious surgery or medical issue and have doctor’s orders not to exercise then be smart and heed his/her advice. Talk to your doctor about what you can do to maintain some form of regimen if you’re a nutjob like me.
As for healthy food being more expensive, sometimes that is the case. It’s unfortunate but it’s true. However, isn’t it worth paying a little bit extra? Because, y’know, that Big Mac ain’t free. And I’d rather go spend money on fresh fruit and veggies and healthy grains then go to McDonald’s any day. Isn’t it more satisfying knowing you’ve made a healthy decision than not knowing what you’ve put in your body? I know people who spend up to $9 on their morning coffee but then bitch because a salad cost $4.50. Uh, hellooo?? The end justifies the means.
We all have busy lives. Some people have kids. Most people work or are in school. Some people volunteer. But you know what? There are millions of people whose lives are exactly like ours (busy busy busy) yet, they makes the time to exercise. They make the time to make healthy meals. They find a way to make the most of their money to make healthy choices. It can be done. I’m proof.
THE END JUSTIFIES THE MEANS.