Incorporating a healthy lifestyle into your everyday life.

1Hello! My name is Allison and I blog over at A Realistic Life.

I typically talk about everything from food, fitness, and goal-setting to wine, reality TV, and vacations. It’s safe to say I’m a little bit all over the place. After graduating from college and becoming a certified personal trainer and nutritionist, I decided to become a BeachBody coach and attempt to start my own health and fitness business online. It’s definitely a lot of work, especially when I’m a full-time nanny as well, but I’m hoping (fingers crossed) it will pay off in the end. As you can imagine, it’s tough to find time to actually take care of myself when I have so many other priorities. Today I want to share with you some tips for making time for you in the midst of all the craziness the world has to offer.

 

  •  BUY A PLANNER! Now I know with all the technology nowadays that smart phones can basically do anything and everything we want. Want to know a secret? I don’t even have a smart phone! I do have an iPad, but that’s primarily used for playing games and messing around on Instagram. In my opinion, nothing beats a good old-fashioned notebook. At the beginning of every year I buy a planner (yes, like the one you used in grade school) and every single day I write down in the handy little box what I have to do for that day. I write down everything from “stretch” to “pay rent.” This keeps me accountable and allows me to see where and when I have free time to schedule my workouts and other good stuffMeal prep. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Everyone talks about meal-prepping. However, it truly is all it’s kicked up to be. Most of us eat the same 3 or 4 things for every meal. Why not think ahead of time about what you’re going to eat and when? Honestly, I make a list in my head each night before I fall asleep. It’s boring, so it helps me fall asleep. But it also keeps me accountable the next day and helps me to avoid the “rush” in the morning before work.

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  •  Learn to let it go. I used to be terrible about beating myself up for a missed workout or for eating something I “shouldn’t.” I’ve recently been a lot better about learning that it is okay to mess up. You are never going to lead the wonderful life you deserve if you freak out over every little mis-step and hold it against yourself. It’s easy for me to say this, but tough for me to do. I’m still a mess on this topic, but I’m actively working towards solving the problem and that’s all any of us can do.

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  • Try out anything and everything until you find what works for you. I kid you not, I think I have tried every workout in the world. Running, pilates, yoga, jazzercise, weight training, circuit training, bootcamp, spinning, hiking, biking, swimming, TurboFire….the list goes on and on. If you can spend a solid month experimenting with a ton of different exercises to find one that you truly love, you will begin to look forward to your workouts and eliminate wasted time on trying to convince yourself to exercise. I spent a solid year trying to get myself to love running. I actually kind of hate it. Currently I’m going through Chalene Johnson’s TurboFire program and actually look forward to the DVD each morning. Once the program is done, I will probably focus more on yoga and get into some body weight training. I’ve spent enough time trying out different exercises that I know what works for me and what doesn’t. That’s part of the fun of it; you develop a lifestyle for yourself that is super exciting! I also recommend finding a schedule online for your workouts; makes it much easier to track your progress and see your results J P.S. This is my “attempt to be tough and pretend like my workout isn’t killing me” face.

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  •  Talk to your family and friends about your health. It’s really important for the people in your life to be on-board with your healthy lifestyle. I have spent way too much time trying to hide measuring out portions or doing workout DVD’s in a tiny space in my room in order to avoid doing them in front of people. Why do I feel the need to hide my choices from my loved ones? There is no need to be embarrassed about how you want to live your life. I know it might be awkward, but heck, maybe you can convince someone to shape up, too :p

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  •  Find support. It’s rare to find someone that is just like you and has the same values and goals. If you are one of the lucky people in the world that has found this companion, you’re all set! Most of us need to do a little bit of searching to find a like-minded friend. I have found so much support and love through my blog. I am beyond lucky to have “met” such amazing women who are always there for me to provide advice, vent to, or just have a fun little chat with. It really helps me to have someone who I can go to in my weak moments. Someone who can tell me I’m not crazy. Someone who understands what I’m going through and is willing to help. I highly suggest you find one of these awesome people for yourself

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  • Calm down. Do some yoga. Take a breath. Things are never as bad or stressful as they seem <3

8Thanks for reading, and I hope you’re able to remember some of these tips the next time you’re stressed about making time for everything J Follow me on Instagram and Twitter and we can be friends!

 <3 Allison


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