I get emails all the time asking about time management and how I find the time to train, prepare food, work, and live like a "normal" human being. I am always a little perplexed when I read questions like that because I guess I see fitness and health as part of my everyday regimen; its my lifestyle. In the same way that people see brushing their teeth or washing their hair, that's how I see my workouts and preparations. I just make time. Being a personal trainer and online coach, my schedule every day varies. There are some days that I have clients starting at 6 a.m. and others I may not start until 10 a.m. I try to plan my days based on instinct and how I am feeling, but in the beginning of the week, I do make a general outline of what my own training will look like for the next seven days. Now that I am in improvement season (I refuse to use the word offseason, because it sounds lazy and unproductive), I tend to train arms and shoulders once per week, back twice per week, and depending how I am feeling, I try to hit legs twice per week also. I still do cardio every single day, but I try and switch it up as much as possible, also incorporating yoga or Pilates into the mix, along with at least 20 minutes of stretching after every training session. This may seem like a lot, but I don't really look at it like "work". Yes, there are days that I wake up and I feel like I got hit by a bus or I am so moody that I make a menopausal woman look like a walk in the park, but I always know that once I get moving and get that blood pumping, I will feel so much better. I am one of those trainers that doesn't really coddle my clients, so, no, I really don't need to paint on a happy face and fake it. I am real. I obviously am not mean to my clients, but they know that if I see something I don't like that I am going to speak up. I can't tell you how many clients have checked in online or come into see me and I have a look on my face that speaks for itself, and then my mouth opens. Normally, its along the lines of, "what drive thru did you rob yesterday?" or "are you serious?" or one of my favorites, "you should just go take $85 and flush it down the toilet because you are wasting the rest of your day, so why not waste this hour too?" I am honest; some people can handle it and others can't, but it comes from a good place. I genuinely care about my clients. I am the first one that they will text when they are frustrated or upset about something, because they know I have their back. Time management is something I always work on with them, because I give them tips on how to plan out their week and I plan out every single workout for them, whether they are with me physically or not. The convenience of supplements is one way to make your clean eating lifestyle that much easier. Have at least two shakes per day, I always do an IsoFusion
midday sometime, and a MyoFusion
(with all natural almond butter or peanut butter in my improvement season) right before bed. I eat 6 meals per day, so there is two! Another meal that's a favorite is 2 tablespoons of my favorite flavor of IsoFusion or MyoFusion in some greek yogurt; its absolute heaven! Even though I am in and out of my house all day, being that I make my own schedule, I always have a Aminolast
, Superdrive, shaker, and protein on hand, that way if I am in a pinch, I can squeeze in a workout or a meal. Failure to prepare is preparing to fail. Your days aren't going to be perfect; there is no such thing as perfect, but if you try and give yourself a map of the week, even if its a general idea, it will help you achieve your goals, whether they be fitness or not. You are going to have days that you literally have 30 minutes to get something in. Either get to the gym or get your hiney outside. Something is better than nothing! Life happens, and there are always bumps in the road, but its all about how you handle it. Look at every challenge as a blessing; it wouldn't be thrown your way if you couldn't handle it. Embrace it; actually go ahead and just take care of it. Boom!