We've all had excuses to miss the gym many days.
It's a dilemma we've encountered almost on a daily basis. The most important approach to combat these potential limitations is to begin with your goal in mind, each and every morning you wake up. Sure, it's easier said than done, but that's what separates most from others, the ones who plan out their routines by days, times & duration of each workout. Those who plan, will likely succeed. You can parallel this mental approach with other aspects of your life.
Of course, if you have a Trainer half of the work is completed, at least the scheduling aspect.
My best advice I can give to you is to treat your workout routine like your job. Take a day out of your week to sit down with a pen and pad in hand (or with technology nowadays, a scheduling app, take Google Calendar, for example) & map out your work week to compliment that of your work schedule. This is where I see the most success out of my clients & the countless others I've talked to who lead busy lives outside of the gym.
Here comes the dreaded part; Nutrition. many of us really mess up this part, perhaps more so than the routines itself. So here's the question I must ask you when it pertains to eating; "How bad do you want it"? in my opinion, not bad enough if you're consistently eating several cheat meals during the week. It is very accurate what other fitness professionals say; "It's 80% diet, 20% exercise". Sure, in life there's a balance, but if that bad eating balance is outweighing the proper dietary protocols that you're trying to implement, why all the exercising in the first place? If you're working out just for the "feels" and stress revilers, then good for you. On the other hand, if you have goals in mind & eating out more than 2 times a week, you're setting yourself up for failure. The answer to this is pretty simple; plan out your meals, prep it and refrain from cheat meals more than once a week. No excuses.
When you do plan your cheat meal, schedule it once per week, in a small window of time, no "cheat days". In addition to this, schedule it earlier in the day and not too far into the evening to give your body time to digest. Also, keep the balance of proteins, carbs & fats in these sittings so the body is still receiving a balance of these macro-nutrients.
Part 2 coming soon!
To You & Yours in Health and Wellness,