We all have a busy season…whether you’re like me and you have a full-time job, a marriage to nurture, and two kids underfoot or you have a different set of pressing priorities…it’s hard to stay accountable and avoid the temptation to put healthy living on the backburner.
That’s why I keep the resource I’m about to share with you in my back pocket. I reference it quite often especially when I’m looking for the link to share with a friend (you’d think I’d bookmark it by now). I reference it when life gets busy enough that I’m tempted to let my healthy lifestyle slide to the bottom of my priority list.
The resource is an infographic called the cost of getting lean and it breaks down the actions you need to take to get to the visual level of leanness that you want.
Here’s a snippet of what it looks like.
Here’s how I use the infographic to stay accountable during the busy season.
#1 I use it to plan my weeks
I tend to believe that I can do things like I normally do no matter how busy life gets. But I’ve failed enough times to know that I need to be flexible. For example, last week, I traveled for work and I was in meetings all day. This meant that:
- My food options weren’t the healthiest.
- I didn’t want to work out so hard that I’d end up dozing in my meetings…and I didn’t want to push my workouts to the end of the day either when I knew I’d be tired.
I used this infographic as a quick reminder to see that I have options. Instead of fussing that I couldn’t eat to VAFs® all the time, for example, I focused on things like eating slowly no matter how unhealthy my options were. The theory behind this idea is that when you eat slowly, you give your brain time to register when you’re satisfied and you don’t eat as many calories.
And with workouts, I reminded myself that I only needed 3 or 4 sweaty sessions and I could take it easy on my travel days.
#2 I use it to reality-check myself when I start to expect too much
With being a healthy lifestyle coach and with knowing what to do, sometimes I expect too much of myself. Knowing that sleeping 7 – 8 hours a day consistently is a requirement if I want to look like I have the shadow of a six-pack helps me give myself a quick reality check that I can’t expect that level of leanness as a mom of two small kids who don’t sleep through the night.
On a good night, I can get four hours of uninterrupted sleep…and knowing what my life is like helps me manage expectations about what I see in the mirror, which brings me to my next point.
#3 I use it to remember that I’m always growing
As my Nigerian people like to say, no condition is permanent. And the flow of the infographic helps me see that in a very powerful way. I see that I don’t have to stay unhealthy and I that moving from one level of health to another is a matter of making different choices along the way.
If I want to be as lean as an Olympic swimmer, I need to be willing to eat very healthy, eat less than 2 processed meals a week, workout longer, and get more sleep.
But if my life-stage or work schedule doesn’t support that right now, a few different choices will still have me being healthy, feeling great, and still looking as lean as an athlete who rows for a living.
Now that you know about this tool, how would you use it?
It’s one thing to find out about a tool that could be useful to you, and it’s another thing to use it. So I challenge you today to get clear about how you’ll use The Cost of Getting Lean infographic to help you be accountable when life gets busy. You can try one of my methods or create some of your own.
Do you need clear guidance on how to take action using the cost of getting lean? Then get Weight Loss for High Achievers
Weight Loss for High Achievers is packed with practical tools that’ll help you take action using the infographic. For example:
- If you need help eating slowly, there’s a tool in Chapter 3 of the book called the 2-step 20-Minute Rule that’ll help you eat slowly and eat less no matter how unhealthy your meal is. Eating less will make a huge difference to your health and results in the long-term assuming portion control is an issue for you.
- If you’re not sure how to follow the guidelines for healthy choices, then Chapter 4 will give you all you need to know to eat nutrient dense meals and Chapter 5 will help you plan these meals, Chapter 6 will help you make sure you’re eating the right portions, and Chapter 7 will help you keep your indulgences to just enough to keep you focused without compromising your results.