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#33 I want it all!

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Is anyone else like me? I work full time, by the time I make the drive home it is at least 5:30-5:45. The hours after work are far too few for the things I would like to or need to accomplish! I need a longer day!!!

Last week I went grocery shopping. Bought fresh veggies and chicken to make some stir fry suppers, some lean pork chops to throw on the grill with some fresh veggies, stuff to make some ground turkey chili for lunches, cage free organic eggs, and fresh fruit. I envisioned all the yummy things I was going to make for dinner and lunch.

Saturday I grilled some chicken & veggies and cooked the chili in my crock pot. Sunday was my daughters birthday and I didn't eat any of the above. On Sunday my daughter informed me of my granddaughter's school play which was Monday at 7pm. So Monday, I had some quickly warmed the chili up and dashed off to her school.

Neighboring city, Holland, has a big tulip festival - and a friend asked me if I wanted to head over there at 6pm to check out the tulips and happenings on Tuesday. Of course, I said yes - so no time to eat any of the above stuff. Run home, grab something quick - maybe time to have one of those eggs!

Wednesday I am going to a concert in Kalamazoo and will not be home to cook dinner.

You get the picture. I constantly feel like I am torn between doing the things I want to do and eating dinner. If I eat dinner first, it is too late to do many of these things. Even getting in a bike ride, it gets dark too quickly - and who can ride a bike on a full stomach? If I eat after, I am eating at 8pm or later.

My weekends are pretty packed with housework, yardwork, laundry, shopping and volunteering. I have tried cooking meals ahead but I don't always have time to squeeze that in!

So, it's all about choices/priorities and obviously my good intentions to eat healthy don't work if I don't eat the food! It seems food and exercise are the first to get scratched off the list. How do you make it ALL work???
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    I do it a bit at a time. I get up at 5am, prepare my lunch, have breakfast get ready for work then leave the house around 6:10. If I make it out at that time, I walk to the train instead of taking the bus. That gives me a little workout. If I make it to the 6:30 train, I'll walk from the train to work when I get downtown. If I take the 6:45 I will have to take the subway not to be late. Then it's work from 8 to 4 then bus, train, bus and home by 5:45. I have to be in bed by 9 if I want to have my sleep so it's a short evening. I will likely try to go out for a walk if I have time left. When I get too busy and I'm not taking my walks in the morning I will try and go out at lunchtime. The thing is to count each little step as one step in the right direction.

    1751 days ago
    SP has some really great low impact cardio videos. They are usually around 10 minutes. If I can't do the moves they are doing or they are going to fast, I do jumping jacks or march in place. Anything is better than nothing! emoticon
    1751 days ago
    Just make sure that you're putting YOU at the top of you list; whether that means taking time to cook and eat a healthy dinner, spending time with your friend at the tulip festival, or going for an early morning bike ride, you deserve to be at the top of your priority list. :)
    1751 days ago
    I don't want more hours in my day because I'd just do more work and still not get caught up!
    1752 days ago
    I know I need 48 hours in a day! I don't get home till 4:30 on good days and at worst 6:00 pm on some. Might not seem late, unless you need to get to bed around 10 pm to get up at 4:30 am. It doesn't leave much time for chores, socializing, groceries, cooking or workouts.

    I know one thing I did do is put everything else on hold to do working out and eating right. Social gathering Friday night at 6? Sorry can't, I have to work out. Seminar on Wednesday night at 7 pm? Sorry I can't either, I have to workout. Granted I am doing a program so it eats up 6 days of my week, I know when I am done I will still have the same commitment to my health. Just not everyday in that way.

    As for meals. I usually do crock pot dinners. Easy, fast and I don't really have to do anything. Or my cheap and easy method is just putting everything in the rice cooker. And on very lazy days, nuts and some fruit or spaghetti seem to cut it.

    It's really about where you want to put tings on your priority list and being honest with yourself. I know I've been ragging on my partner to eat better and start exercising. He says he wants to but never does. It comes down to an honest conversation that he really just doesn't care about that right now.

    So hard question time for yourself. =) The world will have people beside you no matter what path you choose. ♥ Keep up the great work!
    1752 days ago
    I feel your pain. Any chance to get any exercise in earlier in the day? Could your 'quick' meal be made up of some of the good food you bought? Sounds like you're not getting help from anyone. Possible to have a calendar somewhere so that concerts, etc. could be posted so not everything is last minute? The 'last minute' stuff will happen now and then but if you can plan in advance it helps alot.
    Unfortunately,in this day and age we are all running like madmen. Somewhere along the line we must stop and take care of ourselves before its too late. We all want to go to all of the kids concerts/museun trips, etc. but at some point "no" has to come in. If you don't take care of you - who will?
    Don't mean to preach but I hate to see anyone put themselves last all the time and then have to deal with the sometimes deadly consequences.
    1752 days ago
    I can completely identify, Barb! I don't have an answer...but I can certainly identify!!! :-) It's such a struggle sometimes, but our program HAS to come first. That's all I know right now.
    1752 days ago
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