The truth is that I haven’t always been this way. Running used to be the priority and lifting used to take a back seat (read through the lines, it didn’t get done). It has been a process to get to where I am now, but honestly, I am really happy with where I am now. I’ve been lifting consistently (and by that I mean non-stop) for 2 and a half years and I can tell a difference in my body. I am so much stronger, and I love it.
It’s one thing to know and understand how awesome strength training is, it’s quite another thing to fit it into your schedule, especially in this military life where consistent help with children isn’t always around. Especially when running is already a big part of your life. When you toe the line at races, people will ask how your training went and if you’re ready for the race, but they won’t ask whether or not you strength trained.
While my non-negotiable list changes daily, my determination to do them does not. Once you’re on my non-negotiable list I have 24 hours to get you done. It doesn’t matter what else happens in my life, I just need to cross those 3 things off my list! I usually try to do them first thing in the morning after the kids are off to school or soon after that. I set myself up for success by wearing my workout clothes in the morning rather than having to change again to workout. I PM or text a friend or my spouse to set up a date for running or lifting or maybe even to do both, especially if I know I need to get it done in the afternoon!
There have been days in my life where my non-negotiable list is all about me. Running and lifting for example are activities I often do by myself, for me. I don’t feel guilty making “me” a priority and I don’t want you to feel guilty about having your 3 non negotiables be something for yourself either! Especially when some or maybe even all of your non negotiables are related to fitness, you will see that you will actually end up with more energy for your family. It seems counter intuitive but it’s true. I always end up with more energy after working out than I had before. I also know that not only does working out help my body, it helps my mind. I get some stress relief in my life and I am able to be a happier me for my family.