Balancing life, work, school, and fitness when you’re in college, is something like competing in your first obstacle course race! Sometimes you’ll make it over the hurdles, no problem! Sometimes you’ll get burned and land straight in the red hot coals. It’s all a matter of staying focused on your priorities.
Without a systematic plan, you’ll get lost in the chaos of multitasking and trying to run in a million directions at once ~ Fitmark Ambassador, Engineering Student, Fitness Model: Abby Pollock @ampollo
With more than 159K followers on Instagram, Abby’s ultimate priority every day is to inspire her followers with positive messages, killer workouts and healthy recipes. She says:
My aim is to inspire, educate and empower YOU. I want to add value to YOUR life whether I know you or not.
Having your priorities straight, especially during a time in your life when so much is changing, can help you stay on track with your fitness and academic goals. Here’s how Abby approaches getting on track:
Make a New Plan and Get On Track
- Evaluate the different areas of your life.
- Figure out where your priorities are at right now.
- Rebalance these priorities to bring them in line with what you want to achieve.
- Set 10-15 goals with this new balance in mind.
- Figure out how you’re going to track progress.
- Do 2-3 quick tasks daily that will move the needle on your top goals.
Zero In on Priorities
Before college, Abby’s priority was preparing her body for the stage and being competition ready. But being an engineering student has changed all of this:
I really have to zero in on priorities and scale back on anything that shifts my focus. Right now my priorities are: 1) graduating with a strong GPA and 2) taking care of my team. Things like training, nutrition and sleep definitely suffer. And that’s OK!
Finding Balance Requires Sacrifice
For now, it’s okay for Abby, because her priorities have changed. Now when she prepares for a photo shoot, she’s learned to let go of that ideal, of being as lean and cut as she was on stage. She says:
I’m not shredded! My goals going into this shoot were to update my professional photo portfolio and to set a fixed date/goal to hold myself accountable. Initially I’d planned on coming in leaner than competition, doing anything necessary to get there. I had an attachment to being that lean and liked the idea of challenging myself to reach that conditioning. This was not realistic. I was fascinated by how lean I’d been in the past, but forgot how much time I spent in the gym, how many social outings just didn’t make sense, and how little mental energy I had left to give.
Feed the Body, Nourish the Mind
It’s hard to give up on that body ideal that fitness competitors work so hard to achieve. But now that she’s in college, Abby knows it’s her brain that needs to be developed and prepped for this stage of her life. While she recognizes that this still requires a solid fitness and nutrition program, competing on the fitness stage has taken a back seat for the moment. She says:
I hold myself to a higher standard than being just an aesthetic. I have a brilliant mind that deserves love and praise and challenge. Crash dieting and tunnel vision on such a malleable goal do not make this possible. And so, here I am accepting of my current state and excited to share with you something real. I want these pictures to reflect me feeling happy, energetic, empowered and beautiful. Since at the end of the day, these are what I hope to inspire in you.
One of the ways Abby maintains a balanced and healthy lifestyle is by prepping her meals. Eating fresh, nutrient-dense meals is one of her pleasures and something she enjoys sharing with her followers. It’s just another way she manages to balance her healthy lifestyle with college life, by being prepared:
Today’s travel menu includes: lemon herb chicken + steamed broccoli + beet quinoa✌. – I ALWAYS pack something for airport travel. Im a hungry traveler and like to snack. Even “healthier” airport food has excessive fat content and little protein. Not to mention its expensive as all heck! Sooo when @fitdish offered to help me prep some meals I was super eager! I think one of the BIG reasons people struggle with nutrition is because they just don’t know how to prepare healthy foods in a way that tastes good. COMMENT if you’d be interested in cooking classes or seminars with me. (➡Snapchat: ampollo for daily meal ideas)
Whether she’s traveling to school, on her way to the gym, or flying off to a photo shoot, Abby is never without her Fitmark Bag. It’s all part of her systematic and balanced approach to staying on track.
You can follow Abby Pollock on Instagram @ampollo
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