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Making Time

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I'm really struggling with how I'm going to make time to get work outs in with my new job. I started this week as the special ed campus coordinator and collaborative teacher at my new school. The kids don't start until the 27th, but I already have a TON of work to do. Two of the teachers on my team are out until the end of September, so I'm having to do their schedules, paperwork and guide their instructional assistants and subs, along with doing my own job. I've also been asked to be part of PTA which means late nights at least 4 nights a month, not related to my job in particular. I'm a total workaholic, so when I left work at 4:30 yesterday (for my 45 minute drive home) I actually felt bad because I was leaving 'early'. I'm off campus for the next two days at meetings, so that's time that I'm unable to get things done.

Fitting in workouts is going to be extremely difficult with this schedule. As I've said before, I already get up at 5 just to get to work by 7:30. Once school starts I will have to get up at 4:30 so I can get there by 7. My new position requires a lot of after school meetings and TONS of planning, so I don't expect to leave work until 5:30 or 6 each day, at the earliest. Then I have a 45 minute drive home, and that's if traffic isn't too bad. I'm already exhausted, it's only Wednesday morning, and the students haven't started yet. How on earth am I going to fit in workouts?! I know I have the weekends, and I have time planned there to going walking/running but that's only 2 days a week. Anyone have any suggestions? Oh, and no, I don't have time during my lunch or any breaks to do anything - I'm lucky if I get 30 full minutes to eat! Any suggestions are welcomed! emoticon

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 8/17/2012 8:45AM

    Wow, Erin! You are going to have a full plate! First of all, I suggest you get rid of any negatives in your thinking of HOW? WHEN? as to your workouts and above all do NOT use the weekends as excuses to wind down because you are too tired from your hectic work schedule. The extra exercise on the weekends is what will get you through the next week more efficiently and with more energy!

Remember that about 70% of your weight loss and healthy goals are met through eating. Make sure your lunches, no matter how quick they must be, are packed with lean protein and healthy foods. Be sure to stock up on hardy fruits and items which you can snack on here and there to keep your sugar and energy levels where they need to be without adding in junk calories. Keep bottled water stocked in your desk drawer! Don't succumb to the easy way out of packaged junk and candy bars and soda!

If your only exercise for the sake of exercise comes on the weekends, so be it! Don't stress about it and DON'T not do it! Put as much of that workaholic personality into your own well being as you do into your job and you are going to be fine. Don't look for excuses. Don't look at the big picture and how huge your challenges are. Look to making each day as productive as possible for your health AND your job. Prioritize and don't cheat your health for the sake of work. They are both important and you can't do the second one well without putting health FIRST! You got this!

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HDHAWK 8/16/2012 8:05PM

    I'm guilty of working too much and not leaving any time for myself. I'm going to make a point of taking a walk during lunch, even if it's 10-15 min. I could get another 10 before school and another 10 right after the kids leave. That might work for you. Last year I worked through most of my lunches and the result was no weight loss. Good luck fitting it all in!

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ANGRITTER 8/16/2012 4:33PM

    When I worked at Job Corps (run by DOL as a "trade" school and HS completion) I did tons of walking on campus during the day - to and from meetings, etc. The campus was spread out, so I wore a pedometer every day and found I was walking almost 5 miles a day! So definitely get the pedometer.

And may I suggest checking out the Stress Busters Challenge before the 20th so you have some 3-minute relief techniques. They have helped me and I hope they help you as well.

I agree about getting the intense workouts in on the weekend and just eat healthy throughout the week - no drive through food! And of course keep up with your water intake and walking whenever you can.

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GRATEFUL_BEING 8/15/2012 6:15PM

  I second what Debbie said. Get your intense workouts done on the weekend and walking through the week before the drive home.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 8/15/2012 2:50PM

    I suggest adding movement to your days. Be a little inefficient (obviously work won't want you to be totally inefficient haha) by making more trips when moving items, taking stairs when possible, park on the opposite side of the parking lot or building, etc. This added movement will help even if it's not exactly exercise.

You can also find ways to sneak in exercise - whenever you can stop for 5 or 10 minutes do some stretching, lunges, squats, bicep curls (2 paperweights should suffice for dumbbells), etc. I'm not sure what your job entails, but keeping in mind a teacher's job, if you take kids out for recess, walk around the playground in laps (closer look at the kids and a workout!). If the kids are working quietly (perhaps working on penmanship skills) sneak in some stretches or squats at the back of the room. If you need to drop off paperwork somewhere, take the long way or only take 1 item at a time if you need to make several stops.

Don't forget you get plenty of benefits from 10 minute spurts of working out. Even getting only 1 or 2 sets of 10 minutes will help. Try the free workouts here on SP or a dvd workout like 10 Minute Solution so you get an effective workout quickly. Sure you're busy, but spending 10 minutes doing something good for yourself will help give you energy and motivation to tackle your day!

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POOKASLUAGH 8/15/2012 12:23PM

    I honestly have no idea what to suggest - that sounds frankly miserable! :(

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KJAZZINGILBERT 8/15/2012 11:53AM

    I like Debbie's idea also if it's possible.
It's tough squeezing in exercise when your day is so full.

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IONICAQ 8/15/2012 10:34AM

    When you're at work do you move around a lot? Or are you mostly stationary?

Can you take a quick walk when you get home at night?

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NPA4LOSS 8/15/2012 9:06AM

    All emoticon suggestions! I am sending emoticon and warm emoticon You are doing awesome work and as the Grandmother of a Special Needs child emoticon

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ROSIE777 8/15/2012 8:39AM

    Do lots of walking at work if possible. There are some office excercise you can do on your break. Just keep moving you'll be fine. emoticon

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JESSNSTONE 8/15/2012 7:57AM

    I agree with debbie. When I was teaching we had a group of teachers that went on a walk immediatly after school. Some came back to do their work after. They got a great workout in, and a great stress-reliever after a long day.
Good luck!

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STARMIZER2000 8/15/2012 7:27AM

  Try to do a lot of walking during the day

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DMEYER4 8/15/2012 6:48AM

  good luck. how about some of the 5 minute office work outs you can do at your desk a couple times a day. remember anything is better than nothing.

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DEBBIELCG 8/15/2012 6:48AM

    How about walking when your work is done but before your drive home?

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