Very often we want results right now and feel discouraged when we aren’t seeing progress with our goals. We feel like we don’t have time to change or to do the things we love. This year, give yourself the gift of time. You don’t have to be or do everything all at once!
At our church, members of the congregation are asked to speak on various topics, and a week or so ago, my husband and I were asked to speak. My topic was “giving,” so all of last week I prepared to speak on this thing that is on a lot of people’s minds this time of year. I love the opportunity to focus in on a specific topic and learn all I can about it and then share what I have learned with others. It’s a great opportunity, and today, I want to share with you what I thought about with giving in relation to time and nutrition/wellness goals.
Be Realistic with Time
As you start thinking about your New Years Resolutions and Fitness goals (if you make them), please please please do yourself a favor and be realistic with time. Not giving yourself enough time or opportunity for growth and change will lead to discouragement and feelings of “failure” when you haven’t hit your time frame. Some things, like losing weight, for example (since that seems to be a common goal at the New Year) take time. In fact, I would suggest that you get rid of the “lose weight” goal completely and instead choose lifestyle goals like eating more vegetables, planning healthy meals, taking the stairs at work, getting more physical activity, etc for example (made specific to your needs, of course). If you do have specific weight loss goals, consider talking to a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) who can help you be realistic with amount of weight to lose and the time frame. The RDN will also be a good coach and will help you lose the weight healthfully (no juice cleanses or starvation diets!)
When we are realistic with the time we have and how long something will take to do, we are happier and more motivated to keep trying. So give yourself the gift of time, and be realistic about it!
Time Flies, But There Usually is Still Time to Spare
We tend to be busy, especially at this time of year, and time seems to get away from us. I would like to argue that even though time seems to get away from us and fly away, usually there are a few minutes that we can still spare to do the things we need and want to do like spending time with loved ones. In my experience, when we try to focus on the things that matter most and don’t get caught up in all the things we think we should be doing, things seem to balance out. On another note, sometimes we think we have failed so often that there is no way we’ll ever change, so we might as well give up. That’s not true!!!! There is always another chance, another day. Allow yourself to keep trying. There is still time. Give yourself the gift of realizing there is still time.
You Can Control Your Time
Time management has always been something I’ve struggled with, especially after having my daughter. I feel like I don’t want to waste any of it, but then I get tired or overwhelmed and end up wasting some time on stupid things that don’t really matter in the scheme of things. The thing that helps me with this is to slow down. You control your time. Spend it on the things that matter most to you. I love what the Foodie Dietitian, Kara Lydon, says about why she stopped working on the weekends and used her time for something else. Her post really inspired me to prioritize how much time I spend doing different activities/duties. Give yourself the gift of recognizing that you control your time; time does not control you.
The Gift of Time is One of the Best Gifts We Can Give
I know I always appreciate when someone takes time out of their schedule to see how I’m doing or to spend it with me. Time is such a precious commodity, and when we choose to give our time to another person, it really is one of the best things we can do. I have never regretted using my time to help someone in need (even if that person in need is sometimes myself! It’s okay and totally appropriate and necessary to give time to yourself.) Give yourself the gift of giving some of your time to another person.
I saw a good quote online (I don’t know the author) that said, “Time flies, but good thing you’re the pilot.”
Here’s to giving yourself and others the gift of time in the New Year!
So tell me:
-Do you make New Years Resolutions?
-How do you manage your time when there seems like too much to do?