I am so relieved that I am not alone in this challenge on my way to becoming healthy. I hope others will contribute how they conquered this obstacles and was able to stay on top of the situation.
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450 11/24/13 10:30 P
I'm so glad you wrote this. I had a mini mental breakdown today from feeling overwhelmed with too much to do and the stress that it's causing me. I love to workout and have had really good success with everything, but now that I have more on my plate than when I first started my journey, it's becoming something else I need to fit into my already too short day. AKA, another stressor instead of stress-relief. I get stressed trying to fit it in and I get really upset when I can't. I'm really needing to learn how to juggle it all better. I look forward to reading the feedback in this topic, because I need advice here, too. You're not alone!
I love that I brought this problem here and it is awesome that I am getting on top of this. I started by sleeping early and I realized I now wake early. I am bright and I make my meals and still able to get things done without any stress. I feel cool about myself and I am able to think well and more calmed now.
I really love those advices and I bet I can do with more from sparkies.
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24 11/17/13 12:40 A
Just a quick note. I recommend having your breakfasts prepared in advance (eg. veggie omelette or cooked oatmeal that just need microwaving). Make 4 days worth at a time and keep in fridge.
Dinner -- maybe try throwing everything into the crockpot in the morning before you leave for work. When you get home there'll be a nice hot dinner ready for you. You can even throw in frozen meat and it will cook.
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283 11/13/13 8:25 P
How are things going?
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156 11/8/13 7:51 A
You have to make the time for YOU! We all deserve me time!
I am definitely starting that streak tomorrow and I believe it will do me good soon. I just need to change something to break an 11-month plateau, it is quite tiring and disheartening too.
I will start work on this as soon as possible.
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21,761 11/4/13 4:12 P
If I were to go back in time and give myself one piece of nutritional advice that would help me lose weight it would be to "eat 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies each and every day".
If you're not eating that many per day, here's something simple you can do to help increase the number you do eat each day. Set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If doing that seemed like a bit of a challenge, then eat 2-3 servings each day for two weeks. Once you feel comfortable eating 2-3 servings a day, when you're ready, set a goal to eat 3-4 servings each day for one week. You keep adding servings until you're eating 6-9 each day.
If you do your best to consciously eat more servings of veggies, you will start feeling better.
I'm a firm believer that if a person eats crap, they are going to feel like crap. So, if you can do your best to eat more healthfully, you might find yourself craving junk a lot less often.
Ann, your words are music to my ears. You are simply awesome, I will plan more and take care of myself very well to be healthy enough to take care of others.
Archemedis, thank you very much especially on the issue of nutrition. I know very well that a healthy nutrition is what dictates my weight-loss. I am trying my best only that I realized because of some reasons I cannot say, I tend to overeat my meals most times and portion control is a real struggle. I will try more planning and I know I will surely get there.
Relax. Take a breath and do what you can do. Get organized for the day the night before so that you are not late for work. Plan meals and snacks and get them made beforehand so that you aren't grabbing for something unhealthy. Maybe you need to cut back on some non-work things until you feel you have better control of your health and fitness program. You have to take care of yourself first so that you can take care of others and your obligations. You are no good to anyone if you are frustrated and stressed.
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21,761 11/4/13 1:01 P
While your day may be busy, there are some simple things you can do to still make your day more active. Take the stairs instead of the escalator. If you drive to work, park at the far end of the lot and walk the extra way. If you take a bus or subway, get off one or two stops before and walk the extra way. If you take an elevator, get off one or two floors before and walk up the stairs. This may not seem like a lot, but they are simple things you can do to make your day more active.
Also, no one says you have to workout 30-60 minutes at a time. You can break up your workouts into shorter segments and still get all the health benefits. So, if you can't walk for 30 minutes, then walk for 10 minutes three times during the day. Walking for 10 minutes three times still adds up to a 30 minute walk.
Have you seen Tony Horton's late nigh infomercial, the 10 minute work out ? that's what this is all about. Do shorter workouts spaced out through the day if you don't have time to do 30 minutes. Have you tried any of Coach Nicole's workouts ? She's got a bunch of short workouts you can do at home or the gym.
Also, keep in mind that while it is important to exercise on a regular basis, when it comes to weight loss what matters most is what we eat. Good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit and healthy. In short, you can't outrun a bad diet with exercise. if you want to take the weight off, you have to eat right and watch your portions first.
What you do for exercise really does depend on your goals. So, what are you goals ? Why do you want to exercise ? Once you've answered that question, you sit down and decide how you want to achieve that goal. Setting a schedule of some kind does help.
Ruth this is really awesome. I love these detailed explanation of the way to plan, especially the stacking workout clothes stuff. I really love that idea and I will do my best to get a whole week pair including socks.
I totally agree that planning would be the key thing. When you have time (weekends) make sure all your gym clothes are laundered & ready to go. If you don't have enough gym clothes for a whole week at a go, shop the sales etc and get enough for a week. You can even fold and stack them in sets (top and pants and socks, top and pants and socks) so all you have to do is take the dirties out of the gym bag, and put in a clean set.
Like the pp said, use the weekends to prep fruit and veggies for the week ahead. Batch cook, dig out that crockpot, pack up tomorrow's lunch while you're already in the kitchen fixing tonight's dinner. Find things that are quick to fix for breakfast on those busy weekdays, and save the more time-consuming cooking for the weekends.
I work on a fairly tight schedule on weekdays. I know if I don't rise up and start exercising by 6:30, I'll be running late. I HAVE to be in the shower by 7:30. I need to be dressed with the hair done and lunch bag packed by 8:15. I leave the house at 8:30. In order to be on time to work every day, I keep an eye on the clock. I have my work clothes decided on, the night before.
Thank you so much for the advice CERTHIA, thank you for taking your time to spread this out for me, I hope to see how this will work out for me.
I even realized that this stress makes me eat so much (although I workout so much too) and it is not helping my efforts at all.
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764 11/4/13 5:49 A
First of all, breathe!
You have a lot on your plate and long days between work and meetings. I can see how eating healthy and working out could add stress, because at times it is time-consuming. If I were you I would spend time on the weekend to plan ahead. Planning is key!
For instance you could prepare breakfast and pack the bag the night in advance. Cut up fresh veggies on Sunday and keep in small portion-bags in the fridge for snacks. Consider batch cooking your dinners and lunches. All are strategies that will take the stress out of healthy living during the work-week. You can even pre-track meals and exercise. Hope this helps :)
I woke up this morning with so many things on my mind, and the brainstorm is just majorly on how to get the most of my 24 hours without getting worn or not fulfilling my obligations.
My days are like this during the week.
I wake 6am (most times) and try to get ready for work. I try to fix the breakfast, get all the little little things ready too, pack my gym bag, get water ready and voila, I am late for work sometimes (I do not like this because, the office just put up a very strict policy.
I am a field worker, so maximum by 10am, I am out of the office and will return by 3pm. I close from work by 5pm and head straight for church meetings (I do this from Mondays to Wednesday) and the meetings finish by 7pm, I get home most time so worn out and I have to fix dinner, visit sparkpeople and do all other stuff. I will be getting ready to sleep every night by 10:30pm and the cycle continues.
I struggle to get my gym days in, I try to use my lunch time for it or go early sometimes before work starts to log in my workouts for the day (the gym is close to my office)
I need help right now because it seems my head is going to blow soon.
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