Coming across an (old) interview with Michelle Obama inspired me to write this post. In the interview, she explains that working out is a priority for her even if she has to get up at 4am. When the interviewer asked her how her diet has changed since moving into the White House (the interview took place in 2009), she responded with:
“Overall it’s good, but there are some great bakers here. I’m not complaining, because I live in the White House, and it’s really nice here. But if you like pie, it will be there–always–at every meal (laughs). So for me, it’s about setting up new boundaries.”
One thing that irks me is when people say they want to eat healthy or exercise but they “can’t” or “don’t have the time”. No matter how many excuses the person tries to come up with, I can only hear 2 letters: B.S.! We all have busy lives, we all have something else we rather do, we all have endless to-do lists. Yes, forming and sticking to a routine is hard. I get that and I’m right there with you. As much as I put on an “I love to work out and eat vegetables” face on my blog, that doesn’t mean I don’t have my weak moments too. Occasionally I’d rather throw my phone against the wall when the alarm goes off in the morning instead of putting my trainers on. Sometimes I want to have another piece of cake even though I know I’ve had enough. Some days I wonder how much easier it would be to order take-out instead of cooking my meals. But you can bet your ass I don’t, at least not always. To put it simply, if good health really matters to you, you will make the time. We all know what to do, it’s just a matter of actually doing it You have to make your health a priority, even if that means waking up at a crazy hour in the morning to work out, saying “no” sometimes, or carrying healthy packed lunches to work. If I’m not going invest in building and maintaining a strong and healthy body, how can I expect it to ultimately support me in other endeavors in my life? And at the risk of sounding vain, if I’m going to keep stuffing myself or create excuses that I’ll “make up workout tomorrow”, why should I expect my jeans size to stay the same? More than just good health, I think this next sentence applies to various aspects in life: unless you are driving, there are no shortcuts in life; if you aren’t going to put in the work, don’t expect success. It’s as easy as that.
Is your health a priority?