I have a special treat for you today! It’s Freaky Friday here at Fit with Lizzie and we’re pulling a switcheroo. It’s the second Freaky Friday though, not the first one. I either want to be Lindsay Lohan (pre-coke) or Jamie Lee Curtis (at any time) in this scenario, not the other lady. Jody Foster would be fine though. But not from that vigilante movie where she had the overly choppy, thin looking hair. That style doesn’t work on my head.
My fitness buddy and Turbo girl Teresa from Fitnesstoa2 is blogging here for you this morning and I’ll be doing… whatever it is I do over at her blog. So read T’s post below and don’t forget to come visit me over at her bloggie!
The beautiful Elizabeth Demeusy (who I LOVE) [note from E: I did not pay Teresa to say this. Love ya T! The check is in the mail!] asked me this question; How does a wife, mom, business owner and tequila drinker make time in her life for healthy eating, fitness and coaching?
The short answer, I don’t know. I just do.
Do I do everything perfectly, or even close to perfect? No way. I just do the best I can and muddle through the rest.
Alright, there is a little more to it than that. Here goes.
I am a wife, for just over 11 years now, to the love of my life and high school sweet heart, Jason. We have two beautiful children. Gabe, who will be 9 (gasp!) this July and Meg, 7. Jason and his brother Justin own a plumbing and heating business and I do my best to take care of the books and the office for them everyday from 8am to 2pm. The tough part of the business isn’t so much my part in it, but the demand it puts on him. I know I’m not the only one with a husband that works crazy hours, but it does add to the challenge. And what was that last part? Oh yeah, tequila drinker. Well I’ve been known to shoot a few, but this part is pretty rare these days. But, no, I do not need training wheels.
So yes, I have a full plate, and I’ve heaped being a Beachbody coach, new fitness instructor, and fitness/life blogger onto said plate. Like you’ve heard before, we all have the same 24 hours. So the key for me is to use those 24 hours in the most effective way possible and to not get overwhelmed by what didn’t fit. Because it never all does.
A couple things I’ve learned that work for ME.
1. Figure out what’s important to you. Like REALLY important. What are your Priorities? For me, my faith and family come first. If I do things that I think will get me further toward my goals, but they conflict with what’s best for my family or go against my morals, did I really gain anything? You know the answer.
2. Create Goals. You have to have a goal or you will never accomplish anything. Dare to dream big and have huge goals, but also have smaller, more attainable goals that you can easily check off your list. And WRITE THEM DOWN!!
3. Create a To Do List! So important. If Chalene Johnson says to do it, I’m doing it. And it just makes sense! I keep mine on my phone, using the Awesome Note app. I don’t get all that fancy with mine, just a place to keep goals, tasks that need to be done, a calendar all in one place. And do you really go anywhere without your phone these days?! You don’t have to do it that way, but for me it works. It dings at me throughout the day, I love making check marks when I finish something, and it’s easy to add/edit things as they change.
4. And here’s one that I know some people won’t like, but for me, it’s absolutely necessary. Early to bed, early to rise. At least 4 days out of 5 I get up at 4:15 a.m. to get in my workout. And on the 5th day, if I didn’t do a morning workout, it’s still between 5:30 and 6. It’s just necessary. This is when I know, I can start my day off on the right foot, with what I need to feel good without interruptions. I know this doesn’t work for everyone, but for me I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t.
5. Stop sweating the small stuff. I really like my house to be neat and clean, and everything to be in it’s place, but I’ve learned that if I have to dig through the pile of clean, unfolded laundry for the karate gi, that’s ok. And nobody died because I occasionally left a few dishes in the sink.
6. Remember that Everyday is a new day with a new opportunity. To do better, to push a little harder, to yell at my children less, to work toward the next goal.
7. Don’t Compare yourself to other people! This is a big one for me. Sometimes it’s easy to see other people that seem to be setting the world on fire and get frustrated because it’s not quite going that way for you. Well, I believe we can do anything we believe we can, but we have to do what’s right for us and know that it will happen in the time that it was supposed to. Sometimes the time frame changes, but the goal remains the same.
So in typical Teresa fashion, I know this was a little crazy, a lot scattered, buthopefully a little helpful. Frankly, I don’t even know if I answered the question, but just remember one thing at a time, one day at a time, we are all a work in progress.
XOXO – T
Thanks for blogging here T! I especially love tip #5! Love ya girl!