It’s been a busy few months. An expanding in-person client load, raising 2 mini humans, countless trips to the pool, lifting, getting completely humbled while learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and moving into a new home have sent my opportunities to blog into a massive nose dive. Let me also mention that I’m neck deep into writing a fitness eBook (to be released later this year…stay tuned).
So, in short, I’ve been busy doing a whole bunch of shit. Shit that I placed higher on my priorities than blogging. Family, the weight room, earning an income, launching my son across the pool, and avoiding chokes from trained killers took precedence.
It’s not that there wasn’t enough time to blog. There was plenty of time. I chose to do other things that were more important to me.
The outcome of dropping blogging down on my list of priorities was that I lost traffic to my site. Anyone reading this blog maybe moved on to other fitness sites or even stopped reading fitness content all together. I accepted that and moved on, I’ll get to it later when things calm down and I finish my book (to be released later this year…oh wait, I already wrote that, I guess I’m excited).
When coaches discuss training, diet, and everything else under the fitness umbrella, the barrier most of us run into from trainees is “not having the time to train”. What that really means is, “training isn’t as important to me as X, Y, and Z”. Training has not made it high enough on the list of priorities to get done. And that’s ok, just own it.
On one hand it’s semantics. But if you take a step back and look at your priorities and how you choose to spend your time, most of us will see that something is out of whack.
Some personal inner dialogue from a few years back
Do I really value watching 6 hours of football during the course of a weekend more than preparing goal-oriented food options for the week to avoid sabotaging my work in the gym and spending more money on meals?
What outcome results from watching that much football?
Would the outcome from preparing food for the week be superior?
Would it even take that much time?
Maybe I don’t really need to watch that much football?
I love watching football, but these questions had obvious answers. Answers that I hadn’t even really contemplated until I looked at the bigger picture of how I was spending my time. Granted, most people within the busy civilization in which we find ourselves are going to have to make tougher choices, but you get the point.
Think of someone you know who made drastic positive results to their physique or overall health. Whether they did it the right way or not, training and diet shot to the top of their priority list. They didn’t magically pull additional time out of thin air, they were operating with the same 24 hours as you and I.
It’s a harsh fact but the human body doesn’t give a shit about your busy life, weekends, holidays, or especially Sunday’s slate of NFL games. It will rebel if you hit the snooze button too often when it’s time to train or make competent food choices. You are making a choice, to train or not to train, to get closer to your goals or father from them, it’s that simple. Consider your list of priorities, which ones are ranked over your physical well-being? What are their outcomes? It’s a basic yet amazingly effective exercise, it only requires honesty.
Before the next time you say “I don’t have time” to do this or that, think about it for a second. There IS time. There is always time.
Droves of people are desperate for “motivation” to work out when really all they need to do is reorganize what’s important.