There may be something big getting in the way of your weight loss journey, and it’s something you can fix RIGHT now just by making a list and living intentionally based on your priorities.
There is a very concrete reason why I’m writing this post today. I got three emails in the last week that I wanted to touch on. Each one had a very similar theme although there were 3 very different issues each woman was writing to me about. Here’s the gist of their issues they were coming to me for advice:
1. I can’t seem to wake up early to work out, and I don’t have time the rest of the day. What can I do to lose weight if I can’t work out?
2. I have no self-control around potlucks at work. All the yummy food is right in front of me and I just can’t help myself!
3. There just isn’t any time in my day to make a healthy meal. I come home after a busy day at work and all I want to do is eat some sort of boxed freezer junk meal.
And I get several emails just like this every day. There is one underlying issue that I heard when I read each email. Let me tell you so we can begin getting to work.
These women are not living their priorities. They have not determined what they’re top priorities are.
Or maybe they do know what their priorities are, but they haven’t committed to living and honoring them. This is where the trouble is. This is where excuses begin to form. If you haven’t determined that health is your number one priority and that you are committed to it, hitting that snooze button every morning becomes easy because there aren’t any consequences to sleeping through your workout. Where if you know that you must honor your commitment to be healthy, you know that you must make a choice between your commitment and the abundance of treats at the work potluck. And not choosing your health will result in a life that isn’t as happy as it could be because your top priorities are not being met.
LIVE AND HONOR YOUR LIFE PRIORITIES
The first step is to live and honor your life priorities. Until you know what your priorities are, you may not have your life set up to be able to honor them, which may be what is getting in the way of your weight loss goals.
I want you to get out a piece of paper. No really, do it. Writing this down on a physical piece of paper is super important so you can see it with your own eyes and also be reminded of it often.
On this paper, I want you to write your top 3-5 life priorities. The top things that are most important to you. My top priorities are as follows:
- My physical health
- My family
- My business
List your priorities in order of importance. These are the pillars of your life. These are the items that you feel you must have in your life in order to live your happiest life.
I want to mention something here. If health does not fall in the top 1-3 of your priorities, I want to ask you WHY. Why is health not near the top? Without your health, what do you have? For me, I know that living a healthy life makes me the best person I can be, which trickles down to the rest of my priorities. If I’m healthy, I can be a great mom and wife. If I’m healthy, I can kick ass in my business goals. If I’m not healthy, those other priorities suffer. Make sure you are very intentional about your priorities. What they are, why they’re there, and what order they are in.
Once you have written your priorities down, I want you to put it somewhere you will see it often. On the fridge. In your office. On your bathroom mirror. You may want to have this list written out in multiple locations around your home so you can check in often. My favorite place to put this list is in my life-planner that goes EVERYwhere with me.
The purpose of your list is to be able to check in. With everything you do, I want you to ask yourself if it aligns with your priorities.
- Does hitting snooze in the morning instead of getting up to workout align with your priorities?
- Does playing on your cellphone during family time align with your priorities?
- Does binge-watching Netflix shows align with your priorities? (sometimes, it totally does – you just have to be honest with yourself)
And then here’s the kicker… Ask yourself this question on a regular basis:
If someone was to look at my life, what would they tell me my priorities are?
And then adjust your actions as necessary.
I want to tell you a quick story.
Last weekend, I really wanted to get a workout in. I hadn’t worked out in a couple days and I was feeling the need to get my sweat on. So I told my 9-year-old that I was going to do a cardio workout and some weights for about an hour.
His response: “Awww man! Can we go for a bike ride instead?”
My response: “No, I’m going to work out like I said.”
I know, I know. Going for a bike ride can be exercise too, but I knew I’d get a better sweat session in if I worked at my pace, not my son’s, so I really wanted to stay home and do my own thing. I was just about to go get ready for my workout when I looked over at my bummed out kiddo.
What was I teaching him? What are my priorities? Am I honoring them right now with this decision?
I mean, sure, I was going to workout, so that honored my priority to be physically healthy. But what about family? What about teaching my son about being physically healthy? This could become a two-for-one deal by going to ride bikes where I’d get a minimal workout plus get family time which is my second priority.
So that is what I did. I consciously thought about my priorities and asked myself if I was living them truthfully, and I saw that I really wasn’t, so I adjusted.
And my goodness, I am so glad I did. We had the best time together. No, I didn’t even break a sweat. But I made up for it the next day. Instead, I got outside, moved my body a bit, and had a fun experience with my kiddo who will be grown before I know it. In a few years, he won’t be asking for bike rides with me. So I’m happy that I actually took the time to ask myself about my choice and then changed my decision.
What things do you think you will end up changing if you only took the time to ASK yourself??
Write your top 3-5 priorities. Snap a pic of them. And post them to Instagram for the world to see. Make sure you tag me (happyfoodholly) so I can see them all!
This will build accountability and reiterate to the world that you will be living your life priorities from now on!
Once you have finished the homework assignment, all you have to do is start living and checking in often. The next time you think about skipping your workout or eating an entire pan of peanut butter bars (I’ve totally been there), you’ve got to ask yourself this question before you decide how to proceed.
ALSO! To find out the other 4 Steps you can take TODAY to Start Losing Weight the Right Way, make sure you check out THIS POST for all the answers!