Since I have recently graduated and also gained a promotion in my job, the time crunch due to the demand cause some things to give. In my case, my writing went blank for some time as I had to shift my priorities with my duties at work as well as finish with my Masters program. Another thing that gave was my routine of working out and I seemed to have gained a passion for eating. Now my taste buds loved me for it, but I started to notice my weight increasing and I wasn’t as energetic as I usually am. So what is a guy to do?
Well, no excuses now as I have finished a big goal in my life, it is time to make the time and refocus back on my health and keeping active. For some odd reason, I started making excuses in my mind whenever I was about to go workout. Not sure why it was so hard for me, because I used to work out all the time, but it seems like the first step is the hardest and even though I used to go to the gym religiously, it was tough to get myself motivated. I guess it was the habit of not going to the gym on a consistent basis that made it easy for me to skip out and say, next week, tomorrow…or my favorite one, next Monday.
I realized that I do not believe in excuses and had to commit to going to the gym as I did and to tell you, it felt great getting back into the gym and starting to burn those calories. I think I gained about 10 pounds during my Masters program, but from making myself take the first step towards better health. It made it easier with each day to go and it formed a new habit that I am now currently 3 weeks into it. As “they” say, do something for 21 days straight and it becomes a habit.
I also noticed something else interesting starting to happen. My overall healthy habits came back and I began watching my meal portions, stay hydrated and stick with water, taking my daily vitamins and eating healthier foods. I feel great and realize that we all fall off track sometimes and sometimes our lives bombard us with so much that something has to give. My final year of my masters program and my new promotion demanded my focus and time to execute on my duties with excellence and was high on my priorities. I am just glad that I am able to refocus and balance my life back to take care of myself and to have a healthier lifestyle that will help me accomplish more.
The biggest lesson I learned here, is that no matter how demanding my life becomes, I must make the time to care for my health and take the time for physical activity. Excuses come easy, but I must be stronger and learn from this setback, but now back on track.