Thank you for your feedback! I've now decided that if I'm doing cykling and strength training for an hour during lunch, I don't HAVE TO (but I can if I want to :)) take a walk during the evening. That eases the load a bit. :)
It may seem somewhat overwhelming when you start adding up the minutes, but I've found that even while watching TV (which isn't too often), I can pedal on the stationary bike, do chair exercises and, the easiest one, get up at commercial time and do a round around the house picking up odds and ends and other household tasks. I am an active person and it does seem as though I don't sit too often, so maybe I'm a bit different in ways, but, to me, just the energy that I get and feel is all worth it to me.
Also, I am not employed at this time, so that makes alot of difference. But, when I was working, every noon hour was my walking time and my time to destress from the morning, so the afternoon didn't seem too long or like it was dragging on. I also have dogs, and, trust me, they love and need their walks, so that is another enjoyable part of my day -- at least in the nicer weather.
Another "move it" opportunity for me is to turn on the music! I love to dance, and, as soon as I hear the music, my hips and feet want to move -- so I let go and do my dancing. I think even the dogs are used to seeing me dancing around the house.
So, please don't feel like your exercising time is something that always needs to be carved out of your day. When my son was home and younger, I found alot of family fun activities that we could do, so multi-tasking all the way and it never seemed as though I was exercising -- just moving and loving the day.
You can do and, the best part, love it! Plus, your family will as well when they are able to join in the activity and they're going to love to see Mom energized and loving her lifestyle--which also rubs off on them--to see the health, feel it and what a great example to set.
So, just stay positive and don't feel upset if the time that is recommended for certain SP activities doesn't fit into your daily life sometimes. Each new day brings new activities and plans, so feel free to adjust as you'd like and what works the best for you.
And, don't ever feel that anyone here at the Team will be upset. We're all super understanding and we love to hear if someone has questions or thoughts. That's part of what makes this a great group of friends--so feel free to post anything you'd like as we're here to help however we can!
OK, so this is probably some sort of cheating, but as soon as I hit "post" on my latest blog entry, I thought that this should really have gone to the Stressed Out Women-team. So I'm doing a bit of duplicate posting and crossing my fingers that noone will be too upset... :)
I sleep 8 hours per night, cause that's what SP tells me to do.
I work 8 hours per day, cause that's what my employer tells me to do. It takes me about 1 hour each day to go to and from work. And the law says I have to break for lunch for at least 30 minutes.
Each morning I take a shower. Not cause someone tells me to, but out of concern for my fellow men and women. Add getting dressed and having breakfast to that, and you're up to an hour.
Working out at the gym adds another hour, and getting to and from the gym + showering (I work out during lunch hour - see previous comment about fellow men and women) another 30 minutes.
Cooking, having dinner with the family, cleaning up after dinner = 1.5 hours.
SP fast goal is taking a walk each day. Maybe I don't really need to do it if I'm working out during lunch hour, but as I normally take at least one family member with me, I want to do it anyway. That's another 30 minutes.
I know from experience that if I'm going to make this life style change that I've embarced upon (ie SP), I'll need to commit properly. Make that another 30 minutes (which is not true, cause it's more like 1 hour).
During the evenings, I like to endulge in a bit of TV-watching. Most good shows last an hour (except for So you think you can dance, which will steal almost 2 hours out of my schedule).
Have you been counting? If not, I can tell you that we're up to 23.5 hours. That leaves 30 minutes to do laundry, clean the house, spend time with my kids and husband, read books, call or skype friends and family, mow the lawn, and pay my bills. Not to mention renovate house and garden, hopefully before the kids grow old and move away from home...
How is this supposed to be done? How do you do it?
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