Being a single parent and self employed, it’s safe to say I’m busy most of the time! Being busy is no excuse for not looking after my health though – in fact, it’s even more reason to strive to be healthy so that I can keep up with my hectic lifestyle.

Here are 5 ways to maintain a healthy weight when busy.

1. Work on mindset.

Mindset is vitally important when it comes to losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight. Many people find that they yo-yo diet because they can only keep their mind on their healthy eating regimen for a few days, weeks or months before they just don’t have the mental strength to keep up with it all any longer. Working on mindset can help to stay focussed.

2. Find ways to be active

If you’re already pushed for time, finding two hours, three times a week to attend gym classes or go for long runs is not realistic. Instead, work with what you have. Can you do a quick HIIT workout in the evening once the children are in bed, or could you turn the school run into a power walk? Find small ways to push yourself, and things you can slot easily into your routine.

3. Consider shakes and supplements

Preparing healthy meals takes time and planning, which can often make it difficult to stick with. A good alternative could be something like Busy Diet Project, which involves a meal replacement shake and “fat burner” capsule. These work together to help ensure you are getting plenty of healthy vitamins and minerals, and to help your body to burn off fat more easily. This can be a convenient way to ensure your body is getting all the help it needs to stay healthy when you’re pushed for time.

4. Get up earlier

Yes, I know the thought of getting up earlier probably makes you shudder – but it has been a game changer for me. After reading Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning I decided to begin setting my alarm a little earlier each day. Now my alarm goes off at 5:30 and I have plenty of time to exercise, meditate and even prepare some healthy food for my day before the school run chaos begins.

5. Evaluate your schedule

It’s so easy to think, My life is already so busy; I don’t have time. The thing is that Parkinson’s law applies to our time as much as it does to our work.

Parkinson’s law: work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.

When your child comes home with a project to complete for school tomorrow, or extra work lands on your desk, I bet you find the time for it. But you have a problem with finding time for meal planning and exercise, even though these are actually basic elements of self care. I’m not judging you here; I’m right there with you. Sometimes it’s important to take a step back and re-evaluate just what is important to us in life.

This post is a collaboration with Busy Diet Project.


Vicky Charles

Vicky is a single mother, writer and card reader.

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