Check out the common roadblocks in life and our minds that often hold us back from achieving our true purpose in life, or just simple every day goals like fitness and nutrition. AND how to overcome these with simple techniques.
If you could think of ONE thing that’s holding you back or stopping you, what would that be? Does anything come to mind for you? Be honest.
Maybe it’s something you aren’t consciously aware of even! Let’s look at some of the top roadblocks for achieving goals of any type.
Which of these reasons can YOU relate to the most:
Putting others needs above our own
Feeling too self-conscious
Fear of not being able to stick with it
Not knowing what exercises to do (fitness)
Not feeling motivated to start
Feeling too tired
We all have our reasons, don’t we? Today we are going to address the most common ones that I hear from my clients as well as simple, time-saving solutions.What is YOUR reason?
Roadblock 1 – Time
Not having enough time is the #1 roadblock I hear from my clients. Everyone is busy, busy, busy! Is this your top reason too?
The good news is …you don’t have to spend hours at a gym, or in the kitchen to change your ways. There are plenty of ways to fit various forms of exercise, and meal prep and planning, into your routine…and without taking time away from your family or commitments.
- Set aside one block of time each day to be active or to prep food (you may choose only one day a week to prep the food and minimize weekly time).
Decide on the best time to set aside 20 to 30 minutes to do an activity you enjoy (or at least one you can live with).
Did you know that you can get a good full-body workout in 30 minutes? Can you find 20-30 minutes in your day somewhere? When would that be?
If one block of time won’t work, think about trying smaller blocks of time; 10 minutes three times a day or 15 minutes twice a day. Think of these as your power blocks.
- Replace less active blocks of time with active ones. If you sit at a desk at work, get up and take more breaks to move around ,and walk during lunch. Grab a coworker and walk together if you want.
- Walk for half an hour instead of watching an extra half hour of TV, surfing the net, or hanging out on social media. Or use this time to prep tomorrow FRESH foods, or cook your own dinner tonight! No more take out!
- Instead of sitting down to read a book, read while on an exercise bike or treadmill, or listen to a book while cooking in the kitchen!
- Stand more while you’re at work. Get up and cook that meal in the kitchen.
- Make choices to move more.
Take the stairs instead of taking the elevator.
Walk to places that are within walking distance…Park away from the store or the office and walk to the entrance….park at the far end of the aisle instead of circling the parking lot looking for a car near the entrance.
What ONE thing can you do to overcome the roadblock of time?
Roadblock #2 – Knowledge
Sometimes feeling like we don’t know where to start can hold us back.
The easiest way to get started though is by walking most days or at least 3-5 times a week. Just 15-20 minutes is all you need to do to get going if you are just getting started. Once your practice becomes a habit, you can up your game by including other modalities such as strength training, etc.
Change up your routine every 4-6 weeks so you don’t get bored and you continue to see progress.
In terms of food, start with one meal or snacks. Replace those processed and package snacks with a real/whole food item. Once you have a routine, add more and change more. One step at a time.
If knowledge is your biggest roadblock, what is something SIMPLE you can start with? Write it down and put it somewhere you’ll see it. Put it on your calendar as a reminder.
Roadblock #3 – Lack of Motivation
Ask yourself what’s holding you back? Are these reasons or excuses? We ALL have excuses that creep up, I know. I’m guilty of it too, at times, believe me! Be honest with yourself and ask a question like “If this was a top priority for me, would I be able to MAKE the time for it?”
Maybe you feel like you’re at that point too. You want to find the ‘old you’!
What would help YOU feel more motivated? How can you put that in place starting tomorrow?
Some ideas include: finding a friend for accountability (join me and my group in the virtual gym for daily support), set a goal to train for an event – you can even just walk a 5k.
Fitness tracking devices like a FitBit, are great to help keep you motivated and on track.
Finding a friend is great. You can help keep each other accountable and on track and time flies by. Before you know if, you’ve been exercising for 30-40 minutes and you’re done!
If you are looking to change your nutrition, pull out all of those cookbooks, hit up Pinterest and find some new exciting, whole/real food items to cook up. When you look at delicious real food, it is inspiring and you want to eat it. It will motivate you to try something new. Remember, the goal is to keep it simple and use real food ingredients.
This is all about PRIORITY! All of these roadblocks are easily overcome when eating real food and moving your body becomes a PRIORITY in your life.
What’s your priority? Do you want to live longer? Do you want to feel better every day? Do you want to get off of stifling medications? Do you just simply want to get out of bed and move each day? Make it YOUR PRIORITY.