I've learned that if I track my food and my exercise at the beginning of the day instead of as I go, I'm more likely to get it done. I feel like I made a commitment to eat these things and do this amount of exercise today so I better get it done.
Instead of sitting down to check your SparkPeople, Facebook, or other social networking sites- take a stand! Put your computer on the counter and check it while standing! This way you will spend less time on the computer, and even less time sitting. Science has also proven that the more time we spend on our feet and off our tush, the better we will feel, and the healthier we will become. You will also find more motivation to go do something- standing will make you more aware time spent online!
For me, it's really hard to find enough time to do a full 30 minute workout. What I do is break up my workouts throughout the day -- I do 10 minutes here, 5 minutes here... It really helps me get in my workouts and still have time to do everything else!
I find that Keeping Busy helps me to NOT Munch thru the day. I plan my day and write it down on a list. From laundry, to canning, Sparking, meals and menu, when to drink my water, when to exercise, budgeting my money, go for a walk, reading, whatever !!!!
I always lose track of time in the morning and end up running late, so I set an alarm about 5 minutes before I needed to walk out the door. When the alarm went off, it was supposed to alert me to hustle and get out the door, but I found that I became motivated to 'beat the clock' and be ready before the alarm goes off. I wish I would have discovered this years ago.
I have several little items that come in handy during commercials, or even during slow parts of a show...Thighmaster, jog trampoline, free weights, stability ball, WALL and FLOOR. Working in a bit of strength training isn't too hard!
Hronou Feidou, Carpe Diem, Seize the day, Time is money...
Don't fret about exercising late at night. It's better to get that workout in than to hold it off for the morning when you'll be too busy and it will be way too easy to say you don't have time.
"Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it you can never get it back." ~ Harvey MacKay
If you're watching a show and get interrupted by the commercials you have a great opportunity to pop off some quick sit ups, push ups, squats or leg raises. By choosing an activity that doesn't require any special tools, you can squeeze in a bit more conditioning that will make a difference week after week.
If you're like me, you get so involved while using Spark (or when online in general), you lose track of time. I bought a kitchen timer to keep on my computer desk. When I go online, I set it for either a half hour or an hour; when it rings, I know I have to get up and do something active.
Make cleaning up toys a game with your kids. Tell them you are going to set a timer for 15 minutes and their goal is to get as much put away in the right place as possible. It is amazing what they will do when the time is limited. If you want you can give them a little reward when they are done.
Fitting in enough exercise on a busy schedule can be a challenge. Instead of taking my breaks at my desk, I walk around the block. I also make sure to walk during my lunch for at least 10 or 15 minutes. Those little bits add up fast!
I have a daily folder for ongoing projects and things I do every day, a weekly folder for things I do once a week, each item marked for their day of the week, and also a monthly folder. Every morning I review all folders and pick the "must do today" items, then the "might do". Then I do 'em!
That's it...From today forward, I will not sit at the computer to check email or catch up on Sparkpeople until my exercise is behind me. How many times have you gotten carried away at the computer only to find there is not time for exercise before work? Not anymore for me!!!
I have a hard time eating breakfast with all that goes on in the morning - Taking my morning meds, getting 4 kids out the door for school, hubby out the door - Solution for me is to drink I high protein meal replacement while getting the morning rush done -
Have a few kids that are focus challenged - bought a few cheap timers and they work WONDERS for keeping them "on track" for doing homework, brushing teeth, packing lunches - and I don't have to nag NEAR the amount I used to! Setting a predetermined amount of time set for each activity helps.
When I'm having trouble getting started on a project, it helps me to set the kitchen timer I have on my desk commit to working on it for just that period of time, even if it's only 20 minutes. The timer is also great for limiting time spend online.
Sometimes I find myself not getting anything done for being on the Spark website. Set your timer on your stove that will ring when time is up. It makes you get up to cut off the timer. It's okay, you can sign back on later in the day. Just set the timer!
An easy way to dress up a soup differently for lunch.
Every evening after dinner, set out the things you will need for the morning. Lay out clothes, arrange breakfast items, place bags to take in next to the front door. Doing it the night before can shave huge amounts of time off your morning routine!
I don't care what it is, anything decadent you eat out either has too much fat or too much sweetener. At home you can make the most marvelous foods without all the fat and refined starch. If you spend a half-hour in front of the TV, why not cook at the same time?
I have tons of trouble with portion control when I cook. So, when I make a recipe that results in 4 servings, I try to immediately weigh out one portion to use, and freeze the rest in single portion containers - I label them with the recipe name & date using masking tape & a black sharpie.