Finding Time for Fitness

Can we talk about how hard this is?

I work full-time, between 40 – 50 hours per week, sometimes more depending. I also am a part-time student with two classes this semester (my FIRST semester of college) and an 11-year old step son.

Where am I supposed to find time to work out? That is the problem that I face. Last week was easy, I started it off right and snuck in three dates with the treadmill in between making dinner, doing laundry, preparing meals for lunches, working and studying. Wow. I am even a little bit impressed with myself. But then comes the problem of staying on track. I have a lot of excuses for why I haven’t worked out since last Wednesday – darts, dinner w/ the kid, going out of town, the kid’s band concert, etc. But, that doesn’t make it okay.

(Although, I will be honest – sometimes I feel, that peeling sweet potatoes and slicing vegetables should count as working out – just sayin’)

I am a realistic person and I know that when I am at work around 8am, there isn’t a chance that I can get up early enough to work out in the morning. Do I have the physical ability to? Yes, probably. But I know my body and I know my body’s habits which usually consist of snoozing the alarm 1 – 2 times before dragging myself out of bed in the morning. I know that if I don’t get the work out in after work, I will fall behind. But that is where I run into the problem – if it is a night where we go grab Landon or have something to do after work or as usual I plan to leave work at 5 and end up home at 6:30 (typical day at the office), I won’t have time for my workout. Then I am days behind.

The key to health is that you can’t eat well enough to offset not exercising and you can’t exercise enough to offset a poor diet – the two go hand-in-hand for prime health.

Luckily, I have a pretty physical job. I haven’t worked out since Wednesday for all the reasons listed above because basically, that was the last 5 days for me….

Thursday – Darts immediately after work, get home a bit tipsy.

Friday – Drive to Stillwater, dinner with Landon then grocery shopping and food prep.

Saturday/Sunday – Trip to Davenport

Monday – Landon’s band concert. He plays cello,so proud!

The good news is, though that today was an 11.5 hour day that consisted of a full building walk – 6 floors, 1/4 of a mile around each floor, each floor twice. I managed to walk 5 miles at work. I decided to forgo the work out for this evening because I did not sit down for more than 20 minutes between 7:40am – 3:15pm, literally. I didn’t think my legs could take any running .

The good news is, I got some food prep done tonight with some other chores around the house which leaves tomorrow night open for a hot date in the fitness center with my man, Mr. Treadmill.

The hard thing for me is that if I make the decision to work out one day, it is easier for me to stick with it until something throws me off track like a change in schedule. Then it becomes a little bit harder to get back on track.

(For those of you who are wondering how being so new to this, I could possibly have patterns, habits, and even insights when I am so new to this lifestyle – it comes from MANY years of trying to get my health in balance. This is just the most successful run yet.)

I can honestly say that I got quite a lot of exercise at work today, so I don’t feel bad skipping the gym. Tomorrow is a new day and my muscles should be healed and ready to start over.

Movement. That is key. 30 minutes is all it takes to get your heart pumping, your blood flowing and calories a burnin’. We all gotta start somewhere, right?

Tomorrow I will fill you in on the yummy food I made tonight. Mmmm!

– M

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