Jul 21, 2011

"I DON'T HAVE TIME": Time to be honest

"It's time to finally do something about my weight." you decide. "I am all amped up to do this! It's my time now! I am going to drop weight like I am on The Biggest Loser. 2 workouts a day, celery for lunch, a glass of water for dinner. Nothing can get in my way!"

Then life happens.

Unlike the contestants on the biggest loser, you don't have your whole life moved aside so you can lose weight. Just because you decided that you are finally going to do it doesn't mean that everything else that is your life is going to pause while you get it done. The biggest obstacle I have heard from people who want to get get fit is "I don't have enough time."

I'm about to get a little tough love on that statement so be warned...

One of the things I learned working at Franklin Covey for a few years was time can not be created or destroyed. As much as you want to fit 30 hours in a 24 hour day, it ain't going to happen. The truth is we all have the same amount of time in a day. With only 24 hours in a day and 30+ hours of stuff to do, something has to give. If you want to have time to exercise and cook healthy meals, the question is simply, what has to give in your day?

Knee jerk reactions when I hear crap like this may include the following:

"I am working 60 hours a week at work right now."
"I have commitments with church, work, homeowners association...."

It's ideas like this that help me justify the self deception all of us have to deal with. Honesty with self is so important for this reason. When I look at myself with all honesty I start to say things to myself like:

"I don't have time to exercise but I do have time to watch my T.V. show."
"I could easily work in a walk during one of my breaks at work."
"I need to get to bed on time so I can work out first thing in the morning."

As I have been practicing conscious resistance of self deception, I am amazed at how often we deceive ourselves. We perpetuate lies to ourselves so we can feel better about the decisions we make that are against our better judgement. We actually perpetuate the needs for obstacles in front of us so we can justify not working out, not eating right, not taking care of our bodies.

Having enough time to be healthy,and managing time to make it happen first starts with admitting "I don't have enough time." really means "I value everything else I am doing in my day more than I value my health." Once you take an honest look I am confident you will find the obstacle in your way is less about time, and more about priorities.


  1. Mmm hmm. NO excuses here. Get my butt out of bed and get to the gym! Feelin'good.

  2. So true & I love that picture... it speaks to me. It's funny how we make time for the things we 'really' want to do... tells me that sometimes losing weight just isn't 'really' one of those things. You think it is but not 'really' cause when it is the time will be made:-)

  3. Yes, yes, yes, this is all so true! I've been doing a lot of conscious resistance of self deception also. The amount of lies I tell myself is ridiculous. I'm glad that I'm not the only one.

  4. Great post and it applies to SO many things in life.

  5. I fully agree. If you want to do it you will make time. Everyone is busy. Everyone has a ton of things going on. I look at working out as part of my work day. I can't schedule personal plans for the hours that I'm at work and I can't schedule personal plans for the time that I go to the gym. It just has to be part of the routine.

    I can't tell you how many times people ask me to go do something and I respond, "Well, that's when I'm at the gym." People will ask me to rearrange my schedule and I tell them no way!


  6. I never let anything get into my workout time. It is the one part of the day when my phone is off, I can listen to my Ipod with no one bothering me, and just not be anyone but me.

    It is becoming my favorite part of the day!

  7. There definitely should be no excuses especially if you have the time to turn on the TV. If you really can't miss your favorite show, then jog on the treadmill while watching it or do some free weights during the show. There is always a way that you can work exercise into your day, even if it is just 15-20 minutes..it is better than nothing!

  8. This is a fab blog post mike. Love this. I stopped watching tv and "found" hours and hours of time. lololol.