Time For Health

Time For Health

Being healthy-the stage of health you want to be in–is whatever you define it as. For some people that may be to lose those last 10 pounds we have been carrying around for the last decade. (Guilty)  For others, a health goal may be getting stronger, more flexible or more physically fit. Still others may want to rid themselves of headaches, allergies or digestive disorders.

Whatever your final objective, being healthy is going to depend on what your definition of health is for you. Getting to your healthiest self though, will take commitment and time.  Once you reach your healthiest self–staying that way also takes commitment and time.

So where do you find the time in our busy run around lives to “get healthy”?  As with anything we truly want–once we decide we TRULY want it–you have to make it happen!

Positive thoughts are beautiful and I recommend them highly, but we must follow them up with action. We need to give something up that is taking up our time to create this health we want.

Don’t worry–it’s not as bad as it sounds because usually we are really not “giving up” anything–we are just changing our priorities–and habits.

The first thing I did when I was looking for extra time was I pulled out my calendar.  I committed appointments to myself for the next six months to go to the gym and work out at least 45 minutes every other day. If my “gym appointment” landed on a weekday–the workout would have to be after work. On weekends I could be more flexible–depending what other plans were already in the works and to accommodate for Church on Sundays.

Either way–I made a commitment to myself. And having it on my calendar helps me honor my own time–my own goals and my own priorities.  

Another plus of putting these “gym appointments” on my calendar was an unexpected one: when a colleague asked me to attend an additional work function one evening, I could honestly say: “Thank you for thinking of me, but I already have a previous engagement that evening.”

So not only did I “find” the time to add in these workouts–but it helped me not “lose” time attending a function that would not add value to my life.

How many times have you left a meeting thinking: “That’s 40 minutes of my life I will never get back!”

Another way that I am finding time for my health is to get organized. We all have a multitude of tasks we have to complete to survive ie. live this busy run around life of ours: grocery shopping, paying the bills, scheduling doctors and dentist and hairdresser appointments and tasks that are required to maintain our homes.

I am learning ways that I can automate some of these so it frees up some of my time. Other things–you guessed it–go on my calendar.

So if I forgot an ingredient for a recipe or we run out of milk–we just do without until our next scheduled trip to the grocery store. Bingo! More time.

I think for a long time I kept very “busy” to avoid looking at my health goals in the face. After all, “I don’t have enough time” is a plausible excuse right? Not really–not for us who have decided to value our health.

And for those who are telling us they have no time to exercise–well we nod and smile and accept that they are just not in the same place we are right now and that is okay. Someday they will remove that barrier for themselves. Hopefully.

What time constraints do you find yourself with? Is the television or the internet eating up your clock? Comment below and share with me some of the time obstacles you are facing. I would love to hear from you!

As always remember–we all have the same 24 hours each day–have fun with them!

Priorities, Priorities, Priorities

Priorities, Priorities, Priorities

In my last post, I shared with you how much I am enjoying using my calendar to schedule the events and tasks that are important to my life, my goals and my priorities.

I’ve received a few questions since then about how to set your priorities and how I know if they are the right ones!  Wow! Huge questions and tough ones, but I decided to tackle them.

Setting priorities can be a very difficult task–depending on what your priorities are and if they match your values and your goals.

So first you really need to decide what you really want in your life.  Do you want a job, career or calling that you are excited to get up for each morning? Or just a means to make some money to obtain the OTHER things you really want in your life?

Do you want the romantic relationship of your dreams? Do you want to travel more or have more interesting experiences? Or do you want just more TIME to do all of these things?

You see, as we get older–the things we want change and that will change our goals and the methods we use to reach them.  This happens–not because we are getting older–but because we continue to grow as long as we are still breathing!

As we grow, we have to keep examining what it is we want so we can shift–you got it–our PRIORITIES!

How do you set your priorities? The right priorities for each person will be different depending on what they value.  

If you value family, like I do, then your tasks and the events you choose to attend will revolve around family–because that is what makes you happy and so you have internalized this as a priority for you.

How do you know if your priorities are the right ones? Well…this is easier to answer and harder to answer.

I am not going to say: “if it feels good make this a priority in your life”  because sometimes we pursue or do things that feel good in the moment–but that are really bad for us.

What I will say is if something is important to you, like traveling and seeing new places, and you have to work all year to save and earn your two weeks off in order to be able to enjoy it–but you do it because you really get joy from the traveling then this is a priority for you!

So the right priorities are the ones that feel right to you and that match up with the things you values.

As I continue growing and enjoying this journey, I have done a lot of self inspection.  I have found that my life’s passions include my personal growth, my family, traveling and writing or being creative in some form of expression. I also realized that I am a fixer–or as I prefer to think of it–a helper.

I was happy to realize that most of my life I have been reaching and obtaining these experiences, even through the years that had brought hardship, confusion and disasters into my life.

Getting older and continuing to grow just means for me that I will be putting more focus on my passions–my priorities–because it is what makes me happy and what is leading me to my purpose.

So knowing your priorities is very important! Examining what your heart is telling you makes you happy is very important! And then prioritizing your life so that you are going towards those goals is what makes this life so worth living!

Never stop growing! And do not be afraid to treat yourself well by honoring the things that are important to you!  We only live one life, folks, have fun!

Comment below and share some of the things that you have made priorities in your life!

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