Time seems to be one of the biggest struggles I hear from ladies who are trying to live a healthier lifestyle. Girl, I get it. It seems like as women we’re all notorious for piling a thousand things on our plate and taking care of everyone else before ourselves. But you’ve probably heard the phrase “you can’t pour from an empty cup” yes, it’s so true! We HAVE to fill our cup so it can spill over and we’re able to take care of others as our best self.
Of course, I am biased but I think our health is one of the most important things to take care of. If we aren’t healthy we can’t do all of the things we want to do in life. And let’s be honest, when we feel amazing we accomplish more. So today I’m sharing a few tips for how I stay on track even when I have no time.
1 – PLAN! It’s amazing how a little bit of planning can go a long way. I always try to spend 15-30 minutes a week making a plan. From planning my workouts to my meals this really saves me time in the long run.
2 – Work Out at Home. When you don’t have a ton of time you might as well spend it working out instead of driving to a gym. I love looking online for at home workouts, using resistance bands, doing TRIM boot camp at home workouts or even just lifting some weights, doing some squats, jumping jacks and pushups in intervals. A little goes a long way and consistency is key.
3 – Pick a few Ingredients and use them all Week Long. When it comes to cooking dinner with no time I like to choose a few ingredients when I am making my meal plan and use them in several meals. For example, I will do chicken breasts in 2-3 meals and cook all of my chicken breasts for the week at once so the rest of the week I am just popping in the oven to reheat. So, for example, I might put Fajita Chicken with Black Bean Salad AHP 247, Bruschetta Chicken AHP 515, and Chicken with Zucchini Noodles and Avocado Sauce AHP 083 on my meal plan for the week and cook all of the chicken at once so each of the meals come together in 15 minutes or less. I’ll also save time because I will only be cleaning a skillet once instead of 3 times.
4 – Prep Ahead a few Meals. I like to pick a soup and salad and make that so I have a few meals ready to grab and go in a hurry. Quinoa Kale Salad AHP 014 and Tuscan Ribollita AHP 212 are two of my go-to’s.
5 – Give Yourself Grace. Remember life is crazy and we’re not going to be perfect (hello – no one is) so give yourself grace, do the very best you can every day but don’t beat yourself up over little things. It’s simply not worth it.
I hope these tips helped inspire you a little bit of how I prioritize my health and stay on track when I barely have time to get everything done.
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