A Simple Approach to Living With Less

Make Your Health a Priority: No One Can Do it For You

Today is the first day of the Minimize Yo’ Butt Challenge. The challenge can be summed up in two key elements:

  1. Eat better.
  2. Move more.

It’s nothing fancy, yet if you’re like me you have let far too many days go without doing these two simple things. I’ve had my reasons and I’m sure you have to.

Today is our chance at a new start. This challenge is the opportunity to get back on track.

Minimize Your Excuses

Getting back on track isn’t an easy thing to do. You might even be thinking of reasons not to do this challenge.

Let’s go ahead and get all our excuses NOT to Minimize Yo’ Butt out of the way, shall we?

Excuses Not To Eat Healthy & Exercise:

  1. I don’t have time.
  2. I’m too tired.
  3. I don’t get a break from the kids.
  4. Exercise is boring.
  5. I can’t stick with it long-term.

Now that the excuses are out of the way, let’s think about how we can eliminate them.

  1. You can find the time. Think about how much time you waste every day on things that aren’t important. Three 10-minute exercise sessions work just about as well as one 30-minute one, and can be much easier to fit into your schedule.
  2. Being tired is easily fixed. I know it doesn’t seem like it at first, but exercise will give you energy. Find the best time in a day that works for you and do it when you feel your best. Also, try getting more sleep at night.
  3. Having more time with our kids is the goal. Living longer healthy lives with our family is a key reason to eat better and move more. Make exercise and eating healthy a family affair. Kids make great cheerleaders.
  4. Exercise doesn’t have to be boring. Find an activity you enjoy doing. Try new things or get some friends involved. Pick something that you can get excited about.
  5. Set yourself up for success, not failure. Don’t attempt to change your life with fad diets or extreme exercise. Think long-term life style changes. Set small attainable goals and start with small changes that you can stick with.

The Change is Up to You

I wish I still had the body I had when I was in college. I could eat whatever I wanted, sleep as little as possible, and my body would still snap back to its regular shape. Now that I’m in my mid-thirties, the only thing snapping is the elastic on my pants that are too tight.

I finally had to realize that how I’m living is both my fault and my responsibility.

As nice as it would be to blame someone else for our big butts or bad choices, the choices are ours alone.

No one can make you eat what you don’t want to eat. No one can make you eat healthy, get more rest, or exercise more if you aren’t willing.

Make Your Health a Priority Today

So, are you willing?

Are you excited about the opportunity for change? I am more excited about this than anything I’ve done in a long time.

I’m excited to have people doing this challenge with me instead of feeling like it’s just me and my evil scale taunting me.

I’m excited at the thought of looking good naked and buying smaller clothes.

I’m excited about making long-term changes to my eating habits so that I feel confident and healthy.

If you’re excited about those possibilities too, I encourage you to make your health a priority today.

Join the Minimize Yo’ Butt Challenge, share your goals with us, and we’ll give you the support you’re looking for.

Are you ready to Minimize Yo’ Butt?

If you are ready to join the Minimize Yo’ Butt Fitness Challenge, make sure you are part of the Minimalist at Home Facebook page. You can also sign up for updates or follow me on Twitter. Thanks so much for reading!

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  1. All ready to go–following on facebook too!

    (lisa kaye)

  2. Looking forward to mixing it up a bit and getting to know you all.

  3. I just posted my goals on your FB page. I’m ready!

  4. Travis @Debtchronicles says

    Just posted my goals on your FB page…..I’m IN!

  5. One thing I find about exercise is to get dressed for it as soon as I get out of bed, all the way to the sneakers. Then I go work out before I have a chance to talk myself out of it, either the treadmill or DVD. I am half through before I am actually all the way awake, lol!
    Headed over to your FB page!


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