I'm a big fan of Stephen Covey and his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. His seventh habit is to Sharpen the Saw. In the book Covey tells the story of a woodcutter struggling to cut down a tree, another man walks by and suggest that the woodcutter take a break and sharpen his saw so that he may chop down the tree in half the time. The woodcutter responds with something to the effect of "I can't take a break, can't you see I'm busy!"

 

We often do this when we think about planning for meals during the week. We're too busy with kids activities, work and other life chores that come up. The truth of the matter is that when we take time to plan and prepare ahead, we actually save ourselves time (and usually money). We take one trip to the grocery store rather than three to five. We no longer have to drive to pick up our lunch or take more time during the day going out to eat. 

 

This is also true for our exercise. We'll say that we can't make the time to exercise. This is a true statement in the fact that time can not be created however it can be found and scheduled into our day. Most who struggle to find time to exercise usually feel like if they are not doing an hour or even 30 minutes of exercise that they may as well not even bother. This couldn't be further from the truth. A 10 minute walk in the sun can help to expose you to a small dose of necessary vitamin D, it will increase blood circulation and when you go alone without listening to anything it can also provide a bit of a meditative function helping you to generate ideas for the rest of the day.

 

If you're struggling to plan either nutrition or exercise in your weekly routine, I pose a challenge to you. Identify a 10 minute window to do some form of exercise every day and spend 1 hour on the weekend planning and preparing food for the week. Do this for 4 weeks and see the results from it. Let me know how it goes or what struggles you have.

 

Here's to sharpening the saw!

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