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Busy schedule - fitness

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Well my workload has just increased dramatically. I'm working on writing my PhD thesis, and my research contract was just reduced to 50% part time.... so, in order to supplement my salary and to gain some teaching experience, I've started tutoring some high school students in chemistry and physics, and I've also started substitute teaching.

My research and my tutoring jobs are 15 miles in opposite directions to my house, so I am also spending TONS of time in transit between activities.

That means that finding time to exercise has been a chore in itself. I just keep reminding myself of this:

Because..... right?

I don't have kids, I don't have a 9-5 job, I have more wiggle room than most.

I've slacked off for a couple weeks in this transition period, but now I'm back to pushing myself. It just means better organization, more attention to getting work done in the "lost moments" of the day, and more determination.

My partner and I have our running schedule figured out, so that's good.... and I'll be doing yoga 2-3 times a week (tough because the yoga class schedule conflicts with my tutoring), and to fill in the gaps, I am going to use some youtube fitness videos. I found a youtube version of ":08 minute abs" - which I find hilarious (remember the 90s infomercials??), and I will be using to start. My physical therapist tells me that I need to work on my core, so here goes!

Oh, and I'm waiting to hear back from the personal trainer that I will hire to work with me 2x a month. It is my reward to myself for making it this far.... and to help me reach my goals!

I am aiming to lose 3.5 lbs over the next 3 weeks - that will have me at a solid 40 lb weight loss by Christmas :-)

Thank goodness we don't have thanksgiving here!!!!! :-)
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  • PEBBLES706
    Sounds like you have a great plan, full speed ahead!
    1945 days ago
    It sounds like you have a plan which is always the hardest part.

    I am thinking of uping my yoga to one more time a week. Currently I am only doing it once a week, and I don't think that is enough, as it really does help with flexibility and balance with me.

    Good luck with everything, especially the PhD.
    1947 days ago
    You can do it. You will be successful.
    1947 days ago
    I highway travel 1/2 hour each way to work. Of course, there are 10-15 minutes after leaving home (and work) to get to the highway. What I do at least a few minutes each way are strength and isometrics: seated knee lifts at stop signs, heavy hands or light dumb bell biceps curls, Kegels, the suck in your abdomen and hold it isometric one, etc.

    Maybe not quite as effective, but it adds something.

    I also have a dumb bell and a thick resistance tube in my desk at work. When no boss is hanging around I'll do at least part of Coach Nicole's seated resistance band video. Also good in the ladies' room or on breaks (especially if you have a step) are calf raises. Wall slides, wall push ups and close arm wall push ups, too.

    Good luck and sure hope you can squeeze in some emoticon
    1948 days ago
    Good luck with finding the time. When we are flat out busy, we commute in to work by bicycle (when its not pouring with rain) or we try to do little workouts during the day such as a power walk at lunch time etc.

    Good luck with your PhD too.
    1948 days ago
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