Okay so if you’ve been with me from the start, you know my Get Fit journey has started with developing a better health mentality, followed by becoming more educated on “true” health vs myths and gradually built up into a wide open embrace of a healthier lifestyle. I’ve tweaked as needed and still finding that I’m slowly losing weight and gaining better health. Now due to increased responsibilities, I’ve had to find the most efficient process possible in terms of both physical fitness & diet (as in food I eat, not as in starve). All while still keeping my same “Lifestyle” approach—no gimmicks, no starving.
So for past 3 weeks, I’ve been working on my most efficient yet beneficial process yet and I believe my current program is very close to what my maintenance level (which is the level I need to be at to maintain my progress after I’ve reached my desired weight and health) will be. Before I share it, let me set up some of what’s been going on at same time:
• First week of July starting on the 1st, I worked 68 Hours at work, even though we had 4th of July as a Holiday. I started work at 8a and ended at 11p some days. I worked on Saturday too.
• Second week, starting on the 8th, I worked 62 hours (plus 9yr old stepson was here for the week so additional stress & preparations).
• Last week, I worked 58 hours. (Mind you no matter how much I work, I only get paid for 40 hours and so effectively, I was almost working for free when I considered the breakdown of hourly pay. Ouch).
• In addition, I was part of a 6 week Business Boot-camp for my primary business that’s going to kick off at end of year, which started mid-June and ended last Sunday. It required serious research and deadline based homework which took hours each week.
I tell you all of this preceding stuff so you’ll know that if I can still work out and take care of my health under such stressful and busy circumstances, so can anyone else. Busy is not an excuse I’ve allowed because busy is my lifestyle. Busy is a lot of people lifestyle and it’s a big part of why people fail when they are on someone else’s plan. If I were on someone else’s specialized plan of “eat @ this time, that time” and “eat only this or that, prepared like this or that” and “work out this time, for this long, this exercise” then I would have failed for sure because I didn’t have time for a very specific structure. This is the whole gist of my plan of lasting health means building healthy choices and exercises into my life as it is. I have to make health fit into my life whether I’m busy or slow or traveling or entertaining or not motivated or whatever the case may be. No Excuses.
Here’s how I’m doing it:
The key for me is to do what works and make my environment excuse-proof. I have found that a good 30 min session of yoga does triple duty of providing Cardio, Strength Training and Flexibility workout all in one. I am dripping sweat when I’m done equal to when I’m on my bike or gym equipment. I have muscle tone in places I didn’t know I had muscles. I’ve almost dropped another full size. I can do 41 push-ups in a row now! Woo-wah!! My Resting Heart Rate hit 68 for the first time last week, which is great health level according to Mayo Clinic charts!! (It used to be close to and sometimes over 100!) I do my Yoga in mornings as soon as I roll out of bed now because doing it after work was touchy b/c didn’t know when work would end anymore. I literally unroll my Yoga mat out beside the bed every night before I go to bed. That’s the great part of working out in mornings; once you’re done, it’s doesn’t matter what else happens during the day. This is my Gym below–nothing fancy, I don’t have a Yoga room or big wide open space-I make do with what I have.
The key is that My house is prepared. This means it’s stocked primarily with healthy foods so the option of junk is barely there even if I did want it. (Besides one thing about being busy is that I am often too busy to run to nearest fast food place)! I have a refrigerator full of baby carrots, salad mix, cheese strings and fresh fruit. Freezer full of steamable veggies, fish fillets. I have a pantry full of raw almonds, quick cooking staples like boil-in-bag brown rice, cans of beans, tortilla’s. In 15 minutes I can steam rice in microwave, steam and pour Green Giant broccoli and carrot mix over it and serve it with any quick sautéed meat and have a balanced dinner. My husband loves the new healthier foods because it tastes good. Forget the old chicken breast and broccoli mess. I make wraps. Salads. Steam packs of meats w/veggies in foil. None of it takes much time-less than 30 minutes in most cases!
My point here is that it doesn’t take long to get and stay healthy as long as you do a little bit of prep work. Killing yourself or beating yourself up for not being able to work out for an hour is unnecessary. 20-30 min of Cardio (walking, gym equipment) + some basic push-ups and ab work and some squats takes care of almost every major muscle group in your body. If you can do more, great but never let “busy” be a reason you’re not doing anything. The Key is preparation, efficiency and focus on the quality of what you’re doing so that you get maximum benefit in shortest time. And for goodness sake don’t ruin your efforts with some whacked out diet plan. Eat like a human please.
I’ll keep you guys posted with a new weigh in soon~!