If I could just wake up in the morning and have a clean apartment, I’d love that! But the truth is, cleaning up requires that I take time out of my schedule to dust, vacuum, and make the beds. So it doesn’t always get done. If I want a place that is spic and span, then I need to make that a priority over TV, reading, talking on the phone and going to the movies.

For many most of us, that’s kind of how being healthy is. If I we could just wake up and be the weight that we want, we’d be there. If we could pop that pill we saw on Dr. Oz or hit the gym for the first two months out of the year to get what we want, we’d be on it! But unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that – no matter how much money we try to throw at quick fixes. The moment we have to put in work, it becomes less attractive. To live a healthy lifestyle, you have to make it a priority.

Here come the excuses

When people say things like, “I don’t have time, ” or “I don’t have money” what they are really saying is that it is not that important to me. We’d rather spend our time and money on something more fun and interesting — things that are more important.

That’s not to say making time to work out is always easy. That’s not to say that choosing nourishing foods is easy. But if we want it bad enough we’ll do it.  For example lots of people say that they don’t have time to workout because when they’re not working, they are spending time with their family. How about if the family rides bikes together, or plays catch in the backyard? When we make health a priority we look for ways to incorporate those priorities into our lives.

This post isn’t actually about how to make healthy living a priority (we’ll save the how-to for another day). What it is about is asking yourself do you want to make it a priority. Are you comfortable putting food into your body that isn’t nourishing you (even if it is tasty)? Are you comfortable watching others live active lifestyles while you’re just chillin’?  Whatever you want to do is your decision but once you have made the decision, you can do one of two things:

1) Do what you enjoy and stop talking about something you’re not going to do, or

2) Commit to being the person you want to be.

Today’s Weight: 158.5