It's so true...there really aren't any shortcuts to achieving our fitness goals. But that doesn't mean it's not worth it, and the rewards are all the sweeter for having worked through the tough times. Good health - physical, mental, emotional - IS priceless. Building up healthy habits of exercising, eating right, and getting enough rest doesn't happen overnight, but it can happen.
Life can be stressful, and we all have many important demands on our time and energy. Unfortunately, it's easy to let exercise, good nutrition, and sleep become the things that get pushed aside. But, really, there's nothing more important than taking care of yourself. Change your mindset. Developing healthy habits is not a waste of time. Make your health a priority, and set aside some time every day for YOU. Put it on your calendar if you need to, and then schedule around it - protect that time. It doesn't have to be hours a day, even just 30 minutes for a walk or quick workout is great. Getting your family and friends involved benefits everyone - it keeps you accountable and doubles as social time.
It may not be easy, but then neither is bad health. The choice is YOURS - be empowered to go after what you want and reap the REWARDS!