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Have I Bitten Off More Than I Can Chew?

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Everyday I ask myself "What have I gotten myself into?!" I am a single mother of a very bright 5 year old who keeps me on my toes, I work full-time as a 5th grade teacher, and I recently began working on my doctoral degree. I also need to loose about 50lbs! Lately, I have been struggling to get my workouts in like I should and struggling worse trying to eat the way I should. I don't want to give up on my weight-loss goals because I know this is something I really want to do. Etch time I read a new chapter in The Spark, I get excited and even more motivated about my weight-loss journey. But lately I have been spending countless hours working on homework. I also try to spend some quality time with my baby. I try to cherish every moment we have together. But there doesn't seem to be enough hours in a day to get everything completed that I need to do. My summer is over. I'll be returning to work on July 30th and I haven't gotten a schedule together yet. How am I going to be able to handle all of this? Have I bitten off more than I can chew? I have done this several times before (3 masters degrees), but I was not trying to focus so intently on my weightloss. I have 2 weeks to get a good strong schedule together so that I will be able to do everything on my agenda and maintain healthy eating habits.
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    Just working in 10 min a day when you can will be helpful! Look at what you have already accomplished! I believe you can do it!
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    2013 days ago
    You are worth the extra effort!
    2013 days ago
    You sure sound like you have a lot to juggle - but it sounds like you love it all so keep plugging away at it. The big thing I always have to remember is to not to fall into the "all or nothing" camp. Baby steps are good enough - you may get to your desired destination slower than if you one had one focus, but you will get there!

    Go get 'em!
    2013 days ago
    My suggestion is that same as CLWALDRO. Break your exercise into 10 minute segments. We can always spare 10 minutes. Do 10 in the morning, 10 at lunch and then 10 more in the evening. Incorporating your child into exercise is also a good idea. I plan a menu for two weeks at a time. tyr it on a week basis. It helps me shop and I don't waste so much. knowing in the morning what I am having for dinner keeps me from making poor choices at dinner time. Plannign ahead os a good idea. Good luck, you can do it!!!
    2013 days ago
    I would suggest fitness with your child. Taking a walk, riding a bike, roller skating at the rink, visiting the zoo or even playing at the park. Fitness does not have to be regimented and can be a fun family activity. There are several articles here that off more family fitness ideas.

    Also, have you tried meal planning or batch cooking? I like to grill extra chicken or steak and then use the leftovers for quick meals in tacos, salads or just reheated with veggies. The same goes for ground chicken or other meats I cook. I often times buys rotisserie chicken at the grocery store. Once chicken goes along way for our family of four and would go even farther for two. I think a little planning would go along way and would ease up some of your time.

    Also, let go of a timeline for weightless and just focus on being healthy (the weight will come off). Your life is extremely busy and does not need the added pressure of another deadline. It is all about progress not perfection.

    Don't give up. You deserve to get healthy! You are doing great things for you and your child!

    Eat less, move more!
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    2013 days ago
    My first suggestion would be to try break your fitness down into 10 minutes 3 times per day or whatever you do for the day. Try as well to schedule a 15 minute walk in you lunch time schedule and bring that with you once school starts. as far a school are there tasks such as making copies that you can get a parent volunteer to do for you? I would also suggest you begin a weekly meal plan. if you are struggling with this have the SP nutrition site do it for you as it will also create a shopping list. you may also want to look into having your groceries delivered so you can recover the time you usually spend shopping into your day.
    Just some suggestions I am sure you will get many more emoticon
    2014 days ago
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