Four percent

I bet your life is incredibly busy. Mine is. I have more things to do in one day than I could probably finish in a week. My solution to doing what I want plus what I have to do is: prioritizing.

Almost one year ago, I decided that I had enough of laziness and lack of motivation. No more I don’t have time or I just don’t feel like it. I decided to make the gym and my health a priority.

The greatest key to my success so far has been my accountability partner. I’m lucky to have a boyfriend/best friend that’s a health nut. It used to drive me crazy that he could never miss a day at the gym and was constantly talking about “meal-prep,” but now I use it for my total advantage. He’s my accountability partner.

You should have one too! For everything really, not just for your fitness goals. It’s proven – we’re less likely to lose sight of our goals when we’ve shared them with someone else. I found this accountability to be especially crucial during the first 3 months of my fitness craze. Although I’m a little less dependent on Garrett to hold me accountable for going to the gym these days, he’s still there to keep me pushing for my next goal.

I don’t obsess over calories and carbs and I don’t even really “diet,” but do I think about what I’m putting in my body. Like I said before, I’ve got A LOT to get done in a day and I need to feel my best to do my best.

May 2014 to March 2015

May 2014 to March 2015

Bottom line is, the “health” part is good, but the lifestyle is great! For me, it’s no longer about losing 10 pounds or getting that smokin’ spring break bod. Here’s what it’s really about:

  • Spending time with my thoughts. The gym is the one place where I’m not bombarded with texts, social media and my to-do list isn’t in front of my face. My headphones are in and the world is blocked out. It gives me the opportunity to dream big, reflect on my life and think about where I want to be: physically, but also spiritually, professionally and personally.
  • Achieving. When I realize I can achieve my small, physical goals, I realize I can ultimately achieve anything I want. My gym time motivates me to do more, achieve more and become better in all aspects of my life.
  • Looking good. Duh! I’d be lying if I said I didn’t work out to look good. I certainly do! The difference is I don’t just want to look good for spring break or my next social event. I want to look good for a really long time! That’s why it’s a lifestyle.

Here’s my advice (even though I know you didn’t ask for it):

  • Do something now. Don’t wait until you find the next greatest workout plan. Just go and figure the rest out later.
  • Read. Educate yourself on what you’re eating, how you’re working out and how you can improve.
  • Don’t be intimidated. Those macho-men hanging out by the dumbbells probably don’t know any more than you do. So just do your thing!
  • Stay motivated. Post motivational quotes on your fridge, in your bathroom and in your closet. Get an accountability partner. Your health must be part of your whole life, not just an hour in your morning.
  • Set really small goals. Don’t aim to lose 15 pounds. Aim to go to the gym 6 days a week for 2 weeks. See what happens.

The best decision I ever made was to fall in love with working out. It’s always going to be necessary, so I might as well like it.

After all, a one-hour workout is only 4% of your day. NO EXCUSES!

XOXO

Danielle

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