Fitness Minutes: (735)
2/4/13 2:06 P
Although I don't have quite the same load as you (full-time student-20 credits, part time un-paid job, family, volunteering, etc.), I started adding "taking care of myself" to my schedule, so I treat it as something I MUST do, rather than should do. For example, I have a google calendar which has my school schedule, work schedule, and other basic things like sleep and time to study. Even though timing may not be concrete, it is good to have as a base so to speak. From there, you can start adding time slots for when you can exercise, cook, make appointments, etc. It's really easy to use, message me if you would like me to give you info on how to set up a google calendar, if not you can do it by hand. But most importantly, treat your health, nutrition, and exercise as something you MUST do, do not push it to the side. Treat it as school or a job if you need to.
Fitness Minutes: (172,227)
2,406 2/4/13 1:53 P
Balancing is what i have to do if I want to work full time, look after the house and 2 year old toddler. Precooking, freezing staff, getting up much earlier to do some exercising. Its all about organizing. And of course deciding what is important for you.
 Repetition & regularity  Habits, not exceptions  Lifestyle, not added chores
I'm sure others will say something similar. There's also "work smarter, not harder", which can be difficult to plan into a busy life, but in terms of fitness, that's intensity over length of working out, in terms of diet/food that's cooking batches and/or having things that can roast in the oven or cook in the slow cooker.
But as DIDS70 said, get the kids involved. Offload some of that work!
I don't have most of what you have going on so it is a little hard for me to say. I put my health first. Without that I can't be the best and healthiest Aunt. I don't see health, nutrition and exercise as separate entities. They are all part of the same whole. As long as you can get three days in of exercise, go for it. Why not get your kids to join you. Have your kids help you in the kitchen. Kids aren't as afraid to try things if they can share in the process of making it. I loved helping Mom in the kitchen. I got to lick the spoons and always had a first taste of everything. It also helped us bond. Try to sneak in exercise between classes too. use the stairs instead of elevators. Park farther from the building. Nutrition is easier for me as I eat mainly vegan raw. I make amazing salads (not all lettuce based), i make delicious soups, and wonderful sides. easy enough to through in a bag and take with me.
How do you manage to balance health, nutrition, and exercise into your life? I have a full-time job, go to school part-time, and am a Mom to three school aged kids, balancing myself into the equation gets tough sometimes. How do you balance it all?