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VUKELK Posts: 623
6/28/14 9:10 A

I'm finding that early am exercise works best for me. I'm on my treadmill by 5:00 am and allow myself enough time to eat a good breakfast. I arrive at work early so put ear buds in and head for the Fitness Center at work. I've been trying to do exercises there with equipment I don't have at home.The month of June I visited to Fitness Center 18 out of 20 work days. That's a pretty good streak for me. I have a walking buddy at lunch. We can't eat until we do our 15 minute walk.

JUDYAMK SparkPoints: (30,944)
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6/27/14 11:39 P

treating each day as my last, and not looking at all the tomorrows!!

SENNAIRA SparkPoints: (12,690)
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6/27/14 1:59 P

Wake up early and go to the gym before work
Exercise during lunch time
Go to the gym immediately after work

OMARIA1999 SparkPoints: (9,888)
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6/27/14 1:22 P

It's not about finding time, it's about making the time a priority. It's about compromise and adjustments.

INCH_BY_INCH SparkPoints: (263,488)
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6/27/14 1:03 P

I been making adjustments to get in the minimum 10 minute walk, and add more 10 intervals throughout the day. Attitude adjustments so you become your priority. Here's to one foot in front of the other.... emoticon

JLAMING263 Posts: 4,707
6/27/14 12:30 P

I fallback on routine. Select a routine, make it a habit, then keep the commitment. emoticon emoticon emoticon

FITTEREVERYDAY SparkPoints: (29,137)
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6/27/14 12:07 P

I have always worked out in the afternoon myself as I'm not a morning person either. It's a workout to drag my butt out of bed and start the kettle.....I digress. Pick a time and tell others you will be busy maybe? I think having some time to oneself (including workout time) is crucial.

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6/24/14 12:26 A

Be honest with yourself. What time slot do you REALLY have to workout? Don't worry about when you "should" work out. Personally, I can only work out at night, which isn't ideal, but it's the time I have. Go from there and I'm sure you'll be able to get something set up. Good luck. We are all cheering for you!


REDGIRL54 Posts: 255
6/24/14 12:01 A

Exercise must be made a priority! You are important!


UMBILICAL Posts: 12,786
6/21/14 5:24 P

Do it.

JELLYBEAN007 Posts: 445
6/21/14 3:13 P

I also have some serious time limitations and have tried pretty much everything to make working out fit into my life. I found that a lot of great suggestions just don't work for me.
So my advice is this: do what works for you. Any exercise is better than none, so find a way to fit some in, and go from there.

Going to the gym doesn't fit into my life, so I don't do it. I also have to break my workouts into smaller portions - I do a little in the morning, a little in the afternoon, and a little in the evening; many days that's the only way I can fit it in. This way, when I have a chunk of time to dedicate to completing a workout, I really enjoy the time; it feels like a treat instead of a chore!

I would encourage you to ask yourself what other times you can exercise, and what other forms of exercise you can try. How many days a week could you fit the gym in? What could you do at home or on the way to work to round out your workout routine? Do you have 10 minutes on your lunch hour that could be committed to stretching, running, doing body weight exercises etc? Focus on what you CAN do, and don't worry about anything you can't.

The beautiful thing about this process is that it isn't a test. It's your life. You get to make it work for you. I just want to encourage you to be creative and flexible, and find a way to make it work for you.

6/20/14 12:30 A

My gym is open till midnight every day and till 8pm on weekend. I use Blast Fitness. Now everyone says that working out in the morning or perhaps during the day is the best thing. I wont argue that. However, there is absolutely nothing wrong with working out late in the evening. I go and workout at 8pm..9pm I have even worked out at 11pm. Like everything else, your mind and body will take some time to adjust.

The way I got into it was really slow and keeping it simple. There is nothing wrong with going to the gym and working out just 15mins. Something is better that nothing. And over time it went from 15mins to 30min and now I am there at least an hour. Baby steps.

Think of it another way. Instead of watching the idiot box or surfing the web after a hard days work.. think about perhaps recording the show for later etc and get up and head for the gym. I still had my leisure time but instead of watching tv and stuff I started using it differently. I use my leisure time to work out at the gym and if I cant make it then I just go for a quick walk around the neighborhood :)

UMBILICAL Posts: 12,786
6/19/14 7:12 P

Make time

6/19/14 6:15 P

I took a day off today from exercising. I notice if I don't exercise daily the scale starts going right back up. I weigh myself daily so I don't start putting on the pounds again.

SUSAN29NJ Posts: 2,425
6/19/14 1:39 P

Although, I am NOT a morning person, I always preferred to workout in the morning.
A few years ago, I watched my grandson while my daughter worked. In order to get home by 7:30 am, I had to get to the gym by 5am, which meant that I had to get up at 4am. It was rough, but I did what I had to do. I no longer watch him, but I make sure that I'm at the gym no later than 9am.

EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
6/19/14 7:03 A

Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day. It's just a matter of allocating time for what's most important.

The timer idea is really good.

TRYINGHARD54 Posts: 5,292
6/19/14 6:37 A

i think a to-do list is good idea. and stick to it....

MISELEMEAS SparkPoints: (4,889)
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6/19/14 5:43 A

If you work at a computer/laptop, here's a tip. Set a timer for one hour when it rings, step away from the computer for fifteen minutes. If you work from home do some form of exercise for fifteen minutes [ even housework counts] if in an office a brisk walk or some lifting anything that gets the body moving. This gives double benefits. One that's an hours exercise every four hours. And two it helps avoid all the negative physical and mental stresses from being plonked in front of a computer for too long-and no surfing the net doesn't count as exercise! emoticon

LUVS2BIKE101 SparkPoints: (212,865)
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6/18/14 9:37 P

Early morning workouts is what gets my batteries charged for the entire day! I rise at 5:30am, drink a glass of water, get my socks and sneaks on and head to the back porch with my laptop, hand weights, and water. There are so many Spark videos to follow and track fitness. And, yes, I work out in my jammies. Oftentimes, I just head down the road for a 3 mile round trip power walk/jog. (I do change into work out clothes if I'm heading off the homefront!) The bottom line is, if you want to improve your health, you have to make the time.

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6/17/14 4:38 P

I also work out in the mornings. I'm not a morning person but I wake up, drive 45 minutes to work/the gym, and I get in my hour. I plan for that each day. Nothing really gets in the way. As others have said, it's my daily appointment. It doesn't matter if my husband isn't up and going to the gym or that I didn't go to bed til late. I'm committed to going. Every workout isn't great. Sometimes I'm tired and not feeling it but I get through it and it's definitely better than nothing. You may not be a morning person but most people aren't. That's the only time I'm guaranteed to get myself to the gym. I hated it at first but now I love it because it's less crowded and I feel super accomplished by 8:30!

I don't remind my family and friends of my goals. I just go. If I go to a restaurant they know I'm only having water and the healthiest menu choices. They know I'm going to the gym or running or whatever I had planned that day. When you show that you've really made the commitment and prioritizing yourself for an hour a day, they shouldn't have a problem with it. Change is difficult at first but eventually they realize that you need that time to just be you and not a wife/daughter/mother/sister/etc. emoticon emoticon

MALEVY Posts: 15
6/17/14 3:14 P

I just found the time! I started playing more "dance" music while I'm home - I find myself dancing around when a good song is on and I "let myself" stop what I'm doing and dance to the to the song! Say about 3 minutes a song... I can do it easily 5 times or more while I'm doing stuff around the house, dinner dishes, etc. after work. It does get my heart rate up (I have a monitor) - I can burn 100 - 200 extra calories having fun and not "taking time"!
I still do get up early 5 days a week and do a 3 - 5 mile power walk, but I love getting an easy bonus! Might be a great way to start...

SUNSHINE99999 Posts: 19,440
6/13/14 12:25 A

make the time!

IMLOCOLINDA Posts: 20,528
6/13/14 12:24 A

You don't 'find' the time, you TAKE the time. And I agree with whoever said you have lost your motivation. Think back to when you started and said it was not a problem. You had a life then too? NO EXCUSES!!

UMBILICAL Posts: 12,786
6/12/14 4:35 P


6/12/14 1:37 P

I struggle with this, too! I work out M-F after work, and I am done at 5:15. I just tell people I'm available after that. Some know I take a class, but most assume I just work till that time. In the past three or so months, everything has fallen into place just fine so that I've been able to make these workouts. I shifted my workout one time to accommodate an evening workshop. Note: I have one child who is 23, I'm single, and I work from home. I have no excuses!

I also treat this as top priority. I took too many chances with my health when I was younger, and now I am making up for lost time. Now that I am in my mid-40s, my diet and exercise are no longer about vanity - they are about health, quality of life and longevity. I know how hard it was for me to muster up the motivation to be active every day. I am grateful for this and I am going to ride this wave as long as I possibly can.

I have noticed a few marginally awkward conversations with people who are seeing a new, committed and active side to me. They are used to me agreeing to go along with an invite for a bacon cheeseburger. I began responding with "I really need a walk. Can we do that instead?" Now, some of the same friends are asking to meet me for a walk ... and bringing others. Win, win. :)

KPEDEN74 SparkPoints: (69,520)
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6/12/14 12:50 P

You don't find the time, you have to make it. Choices!

JLAMING263 Posts: 4,707
6/12/14 10:12 A

if I don't make the time, It won't get done. emoticon emoticon

HMBROWN1 Posts: 17,185
6/12/14 10:11 A

just schedule it - same as stuff is scheduled for other family members
you are totally worth it

6/12/14 8:58 A

Oh and in answer to your question: how do you nicely remind your family and friends that you are trying to take care of yourself, so you can't be there for everything?

You say it exactly that way, you are entitled to ME time and this ME time is your workout time. I am not a morning person either because 3 days a week I work at noon, but I will tell you one thing that doesn't stop me from going to my 8:40 am 20/20/20 class.

In the end if your family loves you they will support you and if they don't then you need to continually find support from other sources, friends are a good start...also I find keeping a journal is handy for those days no one is there to support me.

In the end this is you time and don't you think you are worth it?

6/12/14 8:48 A

I use to have this problem. I use to always want to go to the gym but then something would always "come up"
After I moved the recreation center near me allows my unlimited fitness monthly pass to include the Group Fitness classes. This is how I make time. The classes are on schedule and so I now have my "appointments" 3 days a week. I think of it like if I don't show up I am disappointing my class, kinda deal.

Where there is a will there is a way, you just have to finally have had enough of always "Having something else to do" I have reached that point.

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (588,141)
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6/11/14 9:23 P

I make sure to get my workout in first thing in the morning. It's like a "date" with myself.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,297
6/11/14 5:53 P

i'm with timno521 on this one. you're choosing not to get up early in the morning to workout. any workout is better than no workout, right? by choosing not to go you've fallen into the perfectionist's trap. what i mean by that is that you don't think something is worth doing at all if you can't do in exactly a certain way, so you lose the benefit of not full and total effort. which is probably pretty important when it comes to building skyscrapers. but workouts are mostly use it or lose it things. if you're so sleepy that you're running into traffic or going all loosey goosey with the freeweights, those might be issues. but for the most part a half asleep, not total workout is better than skipping all workouts. actually burning 250 or 300 of the 400 cals you would have had you actually worked out in the evening is a much better trade off. so says the sleepy, morning hating jogger who heads out before work most days and by lunch has forgotten that she went in the first place. i don't like doing it, but it's one way to balance my social life and my workouts. i'd rather i slept in mornings and had two evenings to play with, but since i can't do that, the lesser does add up.

what i think is the biggest issue is that you're varying between extremes. you're either skipping everything in favor of the gym or you're skipping the gym in favor of everything else. and what you really need to be doing is finding some comfortable routine in the middle. for the baseball games, sit down with the schedule and have the player point out the big games for the year and make sure you plan to attend those. while you're writing those in your planner, set your alarm for those days however early you need to so that you can go to the gym and workout on those mornings. if chauffeuring is a big part of the baseball games, make a plan. set up a carpool with another busy parent or have your significant other work into a schedule so that someone is there, but it isn't always you.
once you have baseball blocked out, start making a plan. you have seven days in a week. you have a certain number of evenings already blocked out for baseball. take the remaining days up and decide how many you want to devote to yourself and how many you want to devote to others. so if you have three baseball days, you might have four days left. you could do two you and two them. every week doesn't have to be the same, but the idea is the same. block aside some time for things you feel are important. and as friends and family book your allotted days, keep your plan to spend some time on you and some time on them. if they want to go out for ice cream on a gym day at the time you planned on being there, politely decline and instead set up a different time a week or two out to do something else. treat your gym date as if it were a date with another person. play it by ear. if you have to cut your gym trip 15 minutes short so that you can have a family dinner around a baseball game, do it. that means you're meeting your family and your personal goals in a way that you can keep up. some weeks you might want to do three or four gym days, other days you might want to plan three or four people days. if you have to work late a lot, you likely only have time for one evening thing. but if you are more reliably off on time, plan for two shorter things instead of one long thing. so instead of a two hour workout, plan a 45 minute workout and meeting a friend for coffee or appetizers in the same evening. if you can get friends or family to do more active things, do it.
how you tell people depends on who you are telling. a five year old isn't going to get the same answer as your spouse or a coworker or your boss or a good friend. for most people "i'm busy but how about we do something on this other day instead?" is going to cover it. for immediate family you'll have to explain that you have to take out some time to take care of you so that you can take care of them. small children family are going to need more reassurances and simplifications while older family can get a little more of the straight truth from the doctor type explanations ["if you want to be having dinner with me ten to twenty years from now then i need to take a few hours a week to work on this"].

COLLEENBOB SparkPoints: (25,120)
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6/11/14 3:46 P

Hi CKATIELOSE - Time is not what is missing, motivation is missing. When my motivation is hiding, first I have to identify it as the problem, then I look for ways to get it back. For me, reading articles about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, and the terrifying consequences of not exercising and eating right help me to find my motivation. Sometimes something as simple as updating my Goad Board on the SP start page will work for me.

Once you find your motivation again you will find ways to include exercise into your day, and you will find it won't always be at the gym. At your kid's baseball game...walk around the field while you cheer him on. Working're getting home late anyway, take the time for a brisk 10 minute walk around the building. Family and friends...people that love me understand when I site my health and I say I'll be right back, just going for a quick walk (and occasionally someone will join me.)

Find your motivation and you will find the time. Good luck to you!

TIMN0521 SparkPoints: (47,672)
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6/11/14 10:47 A

Quite simply it's a matter of priorities. The reality is, for now, you don't care that much. It might bother you that you don't do it, but you're not at the point you're willing to sacrifice something else in your life or get up early for it. It comes down to your goals. Are they still relevant for you? Are they emotionally compelling? Are they important enough goals to drive you to do what you need?

We all go through this. It's hard to be 100% focused all the time for a lengthy period of time. So learning to find a way IN SPITE of "life" is the real lesson. It's easy to find time if you have nothing else going on. But few of us have that luxury. So we have to make it a priority. Look at it this way. If someone put a gun to your head and said "YOU HAVE TO EXERCISE RIGHT NOW OR ELSE!", do you think you'd find a way to fit it in? Of course you would. But many of us need to "feel the gun to our head" to get motivated. So find something like that to fire you up.

Also, if you can't go 5 days, can you go 4? 3? Any is better than none. Surely you can make time for a few workouts a week, right? :)

UMBILICAL Posts: 12,786
6/10/14 10:10 P


6/10/14 9:56 P

Going to the gym is not an option for me, so I'm learning to fit exercise in during the day--no set time, just whenever I can. I'm making it my habit to get up before everyone else in the morning and take a walk. If it's raining, I use my Bally twist board--either before everyone gets up, while my mother naps during the day (I'm her caregiver), or in the evening when the others are watching television. Sometimes it is ten minutes here and ten minutes there, but I'm making myself do it. Like the others have said--we have to make the time. It's not always easy, but if we want better health, it's necessary.

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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6/10/14 9:50 P

You have to make it important to you.

Make an appointment with yourself for exercise. You wouldn't break an appointment with someone else so don't break it with yourself.

You are not required to tell anyone what your appointment is about.

If asked to work late on a work out day...sorry I have a 5 pm appt. No, I can't reschedule it.

Go to a baseball game? I'll show up after my 5 pm appt, I'll be done at 6pm. See you then.

Going out with family/friends? I'll join you after my 5 pm appt.

And I'm not being mean with this statement but NO ONE ELSE CARES ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT!

Your husband wants you to run the kids around, do the shopping, fix dinner or whatever so he doesn't have to.

Your kids want you to take care of their needs, as far as they are concerned you don't have any needs.

Your family/friends wants you to do whatever they don't want to do, to pick up the slack so that they can have fun or relax or do what they want.

They will complain about you taking time for yourself (so don't tell them) and will bitch about having to attend your funeral when you die young from poor health.

I work out between 4 pm and 5 pm everyday. It's my time. I don't change unless I want to. Meet for dinner at 5 pm? Sorry, I can be there at 5:30.

And you can postpone my funeral for a few more years ....

SCHAPIN1 SparkPoints: (111,777)
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6/10/14 7:58 P

I have been getting up 45 minutes earlier. A small price for better health.

JRRING Posts: 1,534
6/10/14 4:46 P

mornings and after work and I wear my FitBit

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 26,702
6/10/14 4:15 P

Time is not misplaced... it is not hiding, waiting for you to 'find' it.
You MAKE time for what is important to you.

If it is important enough, nothing will keep you from it.... whatever "it" is.

MLAN613 Posts: 19,048
6/10/14 3:12 P

I was married for 4 years and my husband hated how much I exercised, so I started to do less of it. This caused me to regain 40 of the 80 pounds I worked HARD to lose. Currently, I am living with my parents because I really can't afford rent for a decent place. I will hel[p them out around the house and my mom thinks I should give up a work out. I told her absolutely not. It is too important to me, especially now that my marriage is over and I look like crap again.

I guess what I am saying is that you need to make time for you.

Edited by: MLAN613 at: 6/10/2014 (15:13)
ETHELMERZ Posts: 20,727
6/10/14 3:08 P

What you describe is what happens to 95 per cent of people trying to lose weight, it's like starting a love affair, you start to peter out at some point...........especially if you are a woman taking care of others, every single day. We can't be like the celebs the magazines tout all the time!! Since you don't like to get up early, you will have to force yourself to make others take over some of your daily duties, so that you can get 30 or 45 min. of your own time to go knock yourself out. Or do as others have said, you don't really need a gym, you can do 10 min. here and there of walking marching during tv shows, riding an exercise bike in your own house while watching the ever loving tv, things like that. Squeeze out movement here and there. Walk at work, use the stairs. You don't HAVE to go to a gym for it to count. But ask for help in the evenings with mundane tasks. It's not easy, not like the people shown on the cover of People magazine.

FEDGIRL4 Posts: 2,184
6/10/14 1:36 P

Remember, weight loss is 80% change of food intake.

That being said, you don't have to exercise all at once.

Life and work got in the way of mine too. Until I get the nerve back to put the brakes on being everyone's "beck and call girl", I walk the stairs to my desk, park further from the store door than normal, walk the floor at work OFTEN, etc.

6/10/14 1:28 P

You could substitute some social activities with walking. For example, if a friend wants to meet for a coffee, suggest a walk instead - and perhaps a coffee at the end. If you need to discuss something with someone - don't go out to lunch - go for a walk. Every time you pick up the phone at home - pace up and down while you're talking. None of this is a complete answer to your dilemma - but they could form part of the answer

ALILNH Posts: 1,356
6/10/14 12:28 P

Eating right and exercising is my life. If I let other things get in the way, my life is in danger. I must do these things and everything else is molded around them. Keep on pushing and don't give up. I like what LOUNMOUN said below about exploring other options besides the gym. Just don't give up!

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
6/10/14 12:09 P

Maybe you need to explore more exercise options outside of a gym. If I counted on a gym for exercise 5 days a week then I would never exercise.

I like to dance, walk, and do exercise dvd's. Sparkpeople video's are nice for adding some variety without spending money.>

Schedule your exercise. Do it on the same days/times. You can tell people you will meet them later or see them another day.

I also put exercise on my to do list.

ZELDA13 SparkPoints: (79,833)
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6/10/14 11:39 A

Every morning I make a list of what I need to do. On that list I include my exercise. Todays list includes pay bills, vacuum and treadmill. It helps me focus on what I HAVE to do.


JLAMING263 Posts: 4,707
6/10/14 10:23 A

"Finding the time", is like "Finding the willpower"; if you don't find it, NOTHING happens. emoticon

LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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6/10/14 9:53 A

My gym time is sacred...nothing (short of family emergency or severe illness) gets in the way of it. I also am at the gym at 5 in the morning, but the principle is the same. You have to choose to prioritize gym time over other things, regardless of activity. Obviously your mileage will vary but I find it useful to invite my friends to do fitness activities with me like trying out a new yoga class or joining a kickball league.

CKATIELOSE SparkPoints: (2,787)
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6/10/14 9:43 A

When I started my weight loss journey, I was determined. I let nothing get in my way, I went to the gym 5 days a week, ate what I should, etc. Now, I have been at it a few months, and somehow life has gotten in the way. I want to still go to the gym 5 days a week, but it seems like I always have something else to get in the way. Baseball games, working late, family and friends. And every day I go to bed wishing that I would take care of myself and go to the gym so that I could meet my goals. So, how do you find the time? And, how do you nicely remind your family and friends that you are trying to take care of yourself, so you can't be there for everything? I greatly appreciate any advice anyone can give!

P.S: I have tried morning workouts, and I don't feel like I give the workout as much as I usually do in the afternoons. I am not a morning person, so I don't enjoy the workout nearly as much as I do after work.

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