You did not mention children, so I presume you have none. How easy can it get! Read on...
First, congratulations to you for struggling to pay for, and finish college. You are not alone!
I was a single mother going to school part-time and working about 10 hours a week. I did that from 1979- 1985 until I finished college. And I found time to exercise. The way I see it, if you don't have kids, you can find time to exercise. At least you can go jogging without the baby stroller, a baby sitter, or running circles around the child in a park! I got about 4-5 hours sleep from Monday - Thursday night, had "Family nights" on Wednesday and Friday, "date night" was Saturday (if I had one at all!) and time for church on Sunday morning, with extended family visits on Sunday afternoon.
It was the darn hardest time of my life and nothing I would wish on anyone, but I did it.
I got up around 4:30 AM to get a 1/2 - 1 hour run in before study in the AM and get the child up for preschool.
One of the most important things I learned was that I did not need to get straight "A's". I was a solid "B" average student. Your next employer won't look at your grade on your transcript. Instead, they want to know if you finished college.
I also discovered that if I didn't take care of myself, I was no good for anyone else. I learned that when I exercised, I had more energy for what I needed to do. It also helped when, 35 years later after exercising all of those years, I was diagnosed with high cholesterol, when my weight had been within its reasonable range for four decades! The jogging protected my heart.
Do you have a social life? What a luxury! I didn't except for an aging neighbor, and elderly relatives, or friends I saw Sunday morning in church! Oh, and an occasional date... I was alone, worked alone, took care of my child alone, jogged alone. If you don't have time for friends, you are probably on a track to be successful! It is only for a season. College isn't forever!
Do you have time to watch TV or be on Facebook? Though the internet didn't exist during those tough years of mine, I had no time for TV, so didn't even have one. If you do either of these, you have time to exercise.
No matter your situation, I understand because I have been there.
Now, you can get creative and figure out ways to get 10 minutes segments of exercise into your day. I put my baby on the back of the bicycle and biked to her daycare and classes. I walked in the snow and rain. You can park further away and walk more than you are now. You can do a set of 15 tricep dips off the toilet every time you use it ( a friend showed me that one last year!). You can do calf raises when waiting in lines at grocery store, post office, etc. You can roll your shoulders 20 times every hour no matter where you are or what you are doing. You can do torseau stretches sitting anywhere, anytime except maybe a movie theatre. You can do 5 minutes of sit-ups before you take your shower in the morning. (I had days when I was too busy to take a shower!) And push-ups can be done in 1-2 minutes. You can do lunges when walking around your home. There are creative ways to fit exercise into your hectic day.
Keep reading SP message boards looking for ways to fit exercise into busy schedules. Hunt for articles online on this site to get more ideas of fitting exercise into your day. It takes, work, effort, commitment and dedication. The question is, do you have those?
Congrats on your hard work. Best wishes....
| current weight: 112.4