Losing weight when I am very busy, stressed, or in the middle of a crisis does not work for me. I pick a time when I have the time and energy to focus every day without distractions - this is not easy for me or anyone else. This time I hope to keep it off - just retired a couple years ago so have more time now - more time to sit around and eat and gain weight, or time to focus on getting the weight off and improving my health. I chose the latter. Writing the food down every day is critical.
Taking care of a baby can take up literally ALL your time if you let it- leaving no time to exercise. To fit in bits of exercise here or there, Ill dance, do squats etc. while holding baby. Its comforting for him, exercise for me, and fun for both of us! Ill also use his body weight lifting him to work different muscle groups.
I am keeping the follwing four A's in mind: Avoid, Alter, Accept and Adapt. Whenever I feel my head is ready to pop from stress i'm going to look at the root cause and determine which one of the 4 A's can be applied.
Seriously this works every time. If I just don't feel like hitting the GYM I tell myself, "I'm just going to walk or do 10 minutes". Toss on your work out clothes and shoes & go out the door. I hit the gym and I am always excited that I pull through and do an amazing workout/run. I am NEVER beating myself up for going only if I don't at all!
Do you like using fresh herbs in your cooking, but never use a whole pack? Waste money on those jars of ready chopped seasoning?
So often things and goals are put off because of the fact of how long it will take to accomplish it... "That's going to take forever!" Well... that may be, or it might feel like it, but don't let time deter you. That time will be passing anyway, so get busy and let it be spent getting you closer to your goals! - inspired by a quote by Earl Nightingale....
With school starting the main excuse I have is that I don't have time to exercise. So, instead of spending sixty minutes in the gym, I break it up by doing twenty minute sessions throughout the day. Ex: take a 20min walk, do a 20min video, and dance for 20min. Any exercise is better than no exercise.
There are 1440 minutes in a day. Start devoting 10 minutes a day to physical activity. When you find out where your downtime spots are in your day, add another 10 minutes. This can be an easy 1st step into getting into the habit.
I have discovered that I am much more likely to go to the gym after work if I take my workout stuff with me to work, change their, and go straight to the gym. If I go home first, then I just want to get comfy and not go anywhere....
I wish I could say that I always eat when I should, but there are times when I don't. I'm working or just busy. The problem I kept running into was this panicky hunger. If I'm in the car it's the worst because. I've often gone through the drive-thru. I've started keeping a can of mixed nuts in the car so when the panic sets in... I pop the top eat some nuts and the urgency goes away. I'm able to calm down and figure out a healthy alternative to the drive thru.
Don't let Yourself use an excuse. Would you accept an excuse from a spouse or child? Well, in most circumstances, No! You must push forward without excuses. Excuses have cost you months, Years.....and hopefully not your life eventually.
So many people struggle with having any TIME. Myself included. Working long hours, cooking/cleaning, actually getting sleep, struggling with fitting in exercise... So, my reward and my motivation is... TIME!
I was having a very hard time finding time to workout with working full time and school 30 hours a week. .. I am getting up at 5am and getting to the gym by 5:30am...I have plenty of time to take a shower, curl my hair and make a healthy lunch!!
Who said Life was easy or there is an end to struggle? Just as you have to make a lifestyle healthy eating change & adjust to it till it becomes part of everyday life & no longer a "diet" struggle. You also can deal w/ what negative life brings to you by accepting, adjusting to it, riding it out, gaining strength, knowledge & adapting to it's changes till life gets easier again. With time & experience, you get better at emotionally & physically handling things. The struggle doesn't ever end. But
People exclaim "that's impossible" (until it isn't). People whine "that'll never happen" (until it does). People sneer "You're wasting your time" (until it it pays off). History books are filled with people who were called Crazy by those who were Lazy. - Don Snyder
I'm always on time for appointments and scheduled events, but for a while, I would allow myself to skip exercise. So, now I make an appointment, and schedule myself a time to do what I need to do! A planned activity and time can be much more effective than a "I'll do some exercise today" vision.
There are some days when you just don't feel like going, no matter what you tell yourself. I've found that a good way to counteract this is by telling myself that I will go to the gym and do something easy for just 10 minutes. If after 10 minutes I still don't want to be there then I'll allow myself to go home, however, usually once I'm there I figure "Why not 10 more?" and then it keeps going until I've completed my full workout.
Set a goal, then plan the action steps to reach it.
On mornings when I know I'm going to be rushed, the night before I will put EVERYTHING out. For example, if I want to have a fried egg on an english muffin with laughing cow cheese (a favorite breakfast of mine), I'll put out the small fry pan and in it I will put the PAM spray and a spatula. Then I will get a small plastic container and place one egg, one wedge of cheese, and my english muffin (after I slice it).
Signing up for a class will bring results. Everyone has to start somewhere! You will commit to yourself by putting the time on your schedule. You will learn how to do something you never tried OR improve to do it better. You'll be with others with like interests and have a built in support system. You may even find a new pursuit or become good enough to teach it yourself.