What’s your favorite sport? What’s your favorite ice cream? What one album would you take if stranded on deserted island? Picking just one thing is hard. People ask me, “Out of all the tips and tricks you have, what one thing made the most difference?” With my day job, (marketing) I give the easy answer. “There isn’t one thing, no magic bullet, you have to do a lot of little things right.” And, to some extent, the same is true in getting healthy and staying there. But if I had to pick one thing, it would be this. PUT YOURSELF FIRST. You know that saying “You don’t have to be great to start but you have to start to be great.” Resolve that YOU are the most important thing – and if you are in this predicament in the first place, I’m guessing that’s going to be hard. But you have to stop being the martyr. My kids need me. My husband needs me. My clients need me. You need you!
I told myself that I would put myself first for six months and now two and a half years later, guess what, I’m still, selfishly, putting myself first. But to my surprise, no one cares. Why? Because all those people are getting a better me. I have more energy, more self-esteem and although it seems impossible, I have more time. It’s not easy, but it’s easier than you think. More than anything, by not putting ourself first we are sabotaging ourselves.
Joshua Steimle just wrote a terrific article for TIME called Why Exercise is a Higher Priority Than My Career. One simple sentence stuck with me. “Exercise must come first, or it’s unlikely to happen at all.” Yep! Exercise, you, being healthy. It all has to come first. The rest will fall into place. You – that’s the one thing you should choose!