2015 was a rough year for me.
It was the year I finally got my act together and said “Enough is enough”.
Allison was about 18 months old and I was still carrying 20 extra pounds of baby weight. I felt like crap, I was always tired, and just didn’t feel good about myself.
And up until that point, I kept whispering one thing to myself.
“I don’t have time.”
Don’t have time to eat healthy. Don’t have time make a good meal plan. Don’t have time to prepare healthy foods.
That all came up an abrupt halt on March 5th, 2015- our wedding anniversary- when I went to the ER for heart palpitations that had been plaguing me nonstop for 2 weeks.
After plenty of testing, the doctors couldn’t find ANYTHING wrong. So I did some research and found that exercise, along with a healthy diet and some weight loss, can help prevent heart palpitations.
It was a rough start, but I did it. I ended up losing 20 pounds in 8 months because I MADE the time for myself. I guess you could say my life depended on it.
Do you ever tell yourself that lie? “I don’t have time to do all this healthy stuff.”
Trust me when I say I understand. You’re busy. You have kids, you work, you’re in the middle of a pandemic.
Those are all valid excuses. But I once heard the phrase “A good excuse is still an excuse”, and that changed my perspective on basically everything.
It’s my job to inspire you and give you practical tips for a healthy life, so here are some time-saving strategies so that you can MAKE time for your health:
- Use your slow cooker in the mornings- If you can throw some ingredients in a slow cooker before work, you’ll have a healthy dinner already prepared when you get home. This works best with soups or meals that can withstand 8-10 hours in a slow cooker.
- Use your Instant Pot in the evenings- Seriously, this gadget is a life-saver. Add some chicken and other ingredients and you can have dinner ready in about 30 minutes.
- Make freezer meals- I’m not talking about those 3-hour prep sessions. I mean double a recipe you’re already cooking to put in the freezer for another day. I do this at times and it SO helps.
- Meal prep once a week- If you’ve followed me for awhile, you know I THRIVE on meal prep. And I get it all done in one hour a week. Take a SMALL chunk of time on a Sunday afternoon and make breakfast or chop some veggies.
You can find more healthy meal planning tips in this post, but I really just wanted to give you some encouragement today. No matter how strapped you think you are on time, I have full faith you can use one of those strategies to give you a healthier lifestyle.
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Jaime is a Nutrition Coach and professional writer. She enjoys cooking easy meals, running, and learning more about food.
Jaime specializes in helping women with ADHD learn to meal plan and cook healthier meals without getting overwhelmed.