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1KSBEST Posts: 7,188
6/2/12 1:44 P

Let's start our day with a little fun Challenge. Hope you enjoy getting up and moving.

KESTRUNK Posts: 196
5/31/12 9:09 A

There are so many times I would rather sit on the couch or sleep in, but I tell myself that I only have to do 10 minutes and then I can stop. Usually I don't stop after 10. But giving myslef "permission" helps. Also - When I don't feel like it, I use intervals to make sure that I am still getting my heart rate up. Who can't do 10 minutes of intervals?

LAURENBNJ SparkPoints: (0)
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5/30/12 11:02 P

Like so many other people, I'll tell you the same thing - planning is the only way that it will work. Realize that if you don't have your health, then you can't be running around for other people and performing other tasks. If you exercise early, then you will be more energized for the day. I know I hate waking up in the morning to go exercise, but once I'm done, I'm ALWAYS happy that I did it! Join some classes and stick to them. I schedule my classes into my evenings so I will get them done. My exercise is on my calendar along with all of the other appointments and things to do. It's me time, but very important me time that will help me do everything else better. It makes me a happier person.
Try and do some more active things with your boyfriend/friends/family. Instead of watching a movie or going out to eat, go to a theme park, hike, bike, walk in a park, etc. I love getting up and moving, even if it's a walk in the park.

DRAMAJLN SparkPoints: (24,300)
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5/30/12 11:00 P

To get motivated when I have had a bad week, I usually read some of the Spark articles. They motivate me by reminding me of things I know. It's easier to read about things, then I just convince myself to take the first step to go for a walk/jog or push play on a workout DVD. Often it's just getting started that is the hardest part. Good luck!

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5/30/12 9:46 P

Sometimes I feel like a robot. I don't know how I got everything done when I worked full-time. Now that I am retired its even harder to get even the regular stuff done. Especially before i run out of energy. I hate walking, I get bored. So water aerobics is my exercise of choice. The DVD's are of interest also.
Question: What do you do to get motivated when you've had a bad week?
I get bogged down and its like moving molasses on a winter morning to get it back into gear.

Thanks ahead of time.

GENKI_LADY Posts: 43
5/30/12 6:30 P

I work a lot. Not doing deliveries but teaching. At the end of the day, all I want to do is sit down and relax for the rest of the night. So, I don't wake up early to work out, I made a goal and joined the 10 minutes a day exercise streak. That's my goal. To get in at least 10 minutes of exercise a day.

So when I get home from work, I put on my workout clothes, I have a snack (pre-planned) and a cup of coffee and I watch a motivating show like the biggest loser. After the show, I put in a workout DVD or go for a run. I'm motivated, I've got fuel and energy to do my workout. And if you've only got ten minutes to give to a workout, that's ok too. Sometimes if I know I'll have a really busy day, I do a spark workout for ten minutes and give myself some slack. Not every day is going to be perfect but I can give ten minutes to myself.

FALCONGIRL2010 Posts: 148
5/30/12 3:08 P

Walking is the most natural and easiest way to sneak in a work out. If you just walk for 30 minutes during a kid's practice, and again later after dinner, you've burned plenty of calories. Sneak in strength exercises like calf raises while preparing dinner, glute squeezes at your desk, put a pack of paper on your feet and raise it under a desk, bench press the laundry bushel before you empty it. Baby steps add up!

JACI855 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/30/12 12:03 P

I have no issues with eating healthy. My problem is fitting a workout schedule into my life schedule. I am a single mom of 2 teens and they are very active. I would like to do routine workouts but I have had to work in (a sort of )exercise when they are at practice, games or lessons. I also work on a family farm that keeps me very busy and train horses. I don't ever stop going. But I have not found a way to track what I do yet for it to count. On the up side of it all, I have lost 6 lbs in 3 weeks of tracking my meals. Any ideas, on how to keep track???

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5/30/12 10:41 A

It seems the answer to this problem is making your health a priority. If you don't have health, you won't have anything else in your life. I have three kids at home who all play select sports or have dance classes every afternoon of the week, a professional job, a business, two volunteer jobs, and my husband has a very demanding job with long hours too. We run and hike together on the weekends as our dates. Last year we trained for an ran a half-marathon. During the week, he'll run after work, while I get dinner finished. I prefer group fitness classes (step, circuit, or strength) at the YMCA either in the morning (if I can schedule a "meeting" into my work schedule and go in late) at the noon hour, or in the early evening. I like the tip given about getting up at 5:30 am to work out and then going to bed earlier. I will think about starting to do that. It would make for a more regular schedule and more sleep would be good.

5/30/12 9:23 A

I think it's important to remember that every little bit counts. Take a walk on your lunch break, or just park at the far end of the parking lot at work, the grocery store, etc. Take the stairs more times than you need to. On the weekends, make your activities count - go bowling, mini-golfing, anything where you're moving around!

TORONTOGIRL11 SparkPoints: (9,228)
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5/29/12 5:14 P

This is a great thread. I've actually saved it so that I can refer to it again. Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I'm always using my busy schedule as an excuse for being overweight (I also use it as an excuse for lots of other things).

When I first jointed SP and started working out in my home, I discovered that my 3 year old son loved watching me workout. Sometimes he would even join in by lifting some of my 1b weights. I could only do this for about 30 minutes at a time (after that my son would just cause trouble) but it taught me that I could actually fit in some exercise even while watching my son. I think it will also teach my son to grow up understanding that exercise is important and should be part of everyone's daily schedule.

Thanks again everyone for the tips.

SCRAPHAPPY09 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/29/12 12:56 P

I am a very busy mom of a 16 year old son with Aspergers. I have a real hard time finding the time to workout on my own. My eating habits are okay, but I am trying to watch what I eat. I wish I had a workout buddy who can motivate me and encourage me to have a lot of confidence in myself. I lost about 20 lbs and would like to lose another 10 lbs. I belong to a gym and they do offer some classes, but I don't take a lot of classes except Zumba, Turbokick, and Sculpt & Core. I feel I have to work out more than 30 minutes a day on the days I don't go to the gym or else I will go stir crazy. There are some days when I feel very lazy or discouraged. I am not a great cook and am always running out of ideas for meals for both my son and me. Any ideas??? Sometimes we get bored from eating the same thing over and over again every week.

ANGEL27551 Posts: 75
5/29/12 12:13 P

I have a question......... for my job, I drive 7 hours a day 6 days a week doing deliveries...... my day starts at around 5 am (I make my lunch and snacks at this time ) and doesnt end until somewhere around 5 pm...... and by the time I get home, all I want to do is collapse ......... I think I have the nutrition down to very healthy choices, but I dont get the excersice I need. I am Diabetic........ Type 2... and I am lucky enough to have been taken off medication for controling itand I don't want to be put back on it ......... I NEED to fit excersizes into my schedual so I can stay in control of my diabetes and get my weight under control......... I have gained back all the weight I lost when I first started SP and I dont have a gym or anything that is open at the time I get out of bed (I live in a small town) ...... any ideas?

Edited by: ANGEL27551 at: 5/29/2012 (12:16)
5/29/12 7:42 A

You have to preplan your meals and set alarms to eat if necessary. This is what I do. You can make time to exercise, it is a matter of priorities. When I had an extremely busy schedule working etc., I would get up early and be at the gym as soon as it unlocked its doors. I felt much better the rest of the day after working out.

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5/29/12 12:59 A

Thank you a lot. I think I will do it also and I will also take stairs and not lift.

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DSTENORE Posts: 87
5/28/12 8:39 P

Just purchased a vitamin blender and so easy to make healthy smoothies and soups...I think the veggies will be great

KSCHRAUT SparkPoints: (0)
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5/28/12 8:10 P

Thanks for the link, Karen. I am always looking for new things to add to my routine. :)

1KSBEST Posts: 7,188
5/28/12 8:00 P

thanks for the information about the 'book-club' I will check it out. Love your motivation story and SP page.

I also like your routine, and it sounds a lot like mine, plus twice a week I have been doing 5 miles, not all at once but 2-3 miles at a time. I like the HIIT routine, it elevates your heart rate after 5 minute warm up. Here is a link to the idea

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5/28/12 6:28 P

I don't know of any specific groups that track everything, but the Book Club SparkTeam is now doing monthly challenges where we record our fitness minutes and for the month of may we had weekly goals to record also. It is looking like June's challenge will be more fitness minutes and then choosing our own personal goal to record and reflect on throughout the month...MIT be something you would enjoy?

How I manage to still lose weight with my busy schedule is by sticking to my routine I have set forth. I wake up, go for a mi run/walk or 15-20mins of cardio dancing, some days I add in 10mins of strength training, eat breakfast, shower, go to work.....if I have the energy after work I sometimes go for a walk after dinner,must to unwind a bit. I plan my meals for the week in advance so that I know what I am eating every day that week

1KSBEST Posts: 7,188
5/28/12 4:54 P

Thanks for all these wonderful ideas.
I also think accountability to an exercise group helps.
Anybody know of a 'link' to such a SP group. I want to have a weekly routine and check-in to see how everyone is doing. A group for accountability with cardio, TNT, water intake, calorie count, all of it.
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5/28/12 4:49 P

Hi RHARPER1496! I just wanted to send you an encouraging note. I read your post and thought to myself "she's got it!" The concept of getting active isn't always about going to a gym and performing orchestrated movements. It's about incorporating additional activity into what you are ALREADY doing. Just by moving more, your body is loving you right now! I encourage you to stay away from the fast food, eat healthy snacks and you will get the weight off that you desire. Keep up the great work!

RHARPER1496 Posts: 20
5/28/12 9:24 A

If I'm going to fit in exercise it has to be with something else I'm already doing. I like the idea of doing it before everyone else is up but with a cosleeping toddler that is impossible. If I'm up so is she.

The first thing I did was get a good pedometer and with that I found out that I'm averaging 16 000 steps a day just living my life (2 kids, a home daycare, housework). In addition to that I fit in exercise in ways that are practical. Instead of asking my husband to stop and grab milk on his way home the kids and I will walk the 10 minutes to the store, instead of driving to pick the older kids up from school we'll walk (another 10 minutes there and 10 back). Setting aside time that was strictly for exercise simply didn't work for me but exercise while also doing something I needed to do anyway has been a winner.

MISSJANE2011 Posts: 45
5/27/12 11:50 P

I work full-time, travel a lot overseas on short trips and have 3 dogs - so am pretty busy. I've found it's all about the planning and having some home-cooked frozen meals ready to go for those mid-week nights I can't be bothered thinking too much about what I am going to eat for dinner. I shop on the weekend, generally spend a couple of hours cooking of a Sunday afternoon and will make up a big batch of something that then gets portioned out into freezer packs for take-to-work lunches and dinners, so saves me bucks on buying lunch every day also and I am generally eating a whole lot better quality food also.

With exercise, I'm now getting up early to walk the dogs before I go to work, we walk again when I get home, and I am also trying to get in short one after dinner if the couch.....

Thanks for the tips everyone!

LATTISHAREED777 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/27/12 10:12 P

i am a mother with four children.. who are highly active...we all have very busy schedules...i have a trick that my doctor taught me which really helps..after every meal i eat i squeeze in ten to twenty minutes of exercise...If i eat at an restaurant i take a walk down the block or a few blocks for at least ten minutes,, it helps me to get in at least thirty minutes of exercise without a lot of effort

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5/27/12 10:02 P

hello! i used to work night shift for ten years and i gained a lot of weight at that time,,,a good solution would be to bring lots of fruit cut up in a bowl..lots of water and a baked chicken with salad..very healthy and low it'll lose weight be full and happy at the same time...

N16351D Posts: 2,349
5/27/12 5:50 P

Thirty years ago I trained myself to go to bed early, so that I could get up and go jogging early. My exercise begins at 5:30 AM, any season, any day of the week, in sun and warm, or rain, or ice and cold. Normally I go jogging, but if it is over 90 degrees F., or below 33 degrees F., I will go inside the gym which opens at 6 AM. I am there by 5:55 AM.

There are no demands on my time before about 8 AM. No phone calls, no work outside the home, no husband or kids calling for me. It is my time and I jealously guard and protect it for exercise. If my exercise is not done by about 7 AM, typically, it is not going to happen.

Also, when you get up early and jog 3-6 miles, you are tired by 9 PM and so are able to get to bed early and be ready for the next day.

I hope this helps.

N16351D Posts: 2,349
5/27/12 4:37 P

This has got to be about the most important topic in fitness and health. It takes time to plan, time to cook fresh, good food at home, and time to exercise. But planning is the most important.

Friday nights I plan meals for the entire week, using up left-overs for that night's dinner. Saturdays I go to the grocery store, and in spring/summer/fall, the Farmer's Market for freshest produce.

With a grocery list in hand from Friday's planning, Saturday afternoons are for beginning the prep work for Sunday's large meal. We will eat off that Sunday meal the rest of the week.

On Sunday, I cook for the entire week, including prepping vegetables for lunch on the go, and dinners. I cook a large, main dish and eat off it all week. This could be beef, pork, chicken, and/or any seafood. I cook an entire fish whole, and then can make several dishes from it. A casserole goes into the freezer for later in the week. Sunday afternoons are a very important time for me as that is when the cooking gets done.

I hope this helps!

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5/27/12 1:56 P

Plan meals and snacks. Prepare dinner ideas that I can just throw in the oven so that I can spend time with my hubby. Exercise first thing in the morning or right after work.

MEGSTER6905 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/27/12 1:25 P

I love the tips as well!

BERI03 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/27/12 7:55 A

Great tips everyone! Thanks for sharing!

KICKINGIT@56 Posts: 3,177
5/26/12 1:19 P

If you don't squeeze it in first thing in the morning it gets harder and harder to find the time. Make the decision even before you get out of bed what kind of exercise you are going to do - then get up and do it. Even if you feel half asleep when you begin; by the end you will feel alert, invigorated and (relieved) that it is off your "to-do" list.

PRICANSTINA84 Posts: 160
5/26/12 10:30 A

Ive found that if I do my workout right after I get up I have more energy and glad I don't have to worry about " when am I gonna exercise?"

SUSANK16 Posts: 2,635
5/26/12 9:51 A

I work out first thing in the morning, when I start on other projects, I tend to stay on them and find it more difficult to work out. I set the alarm for the same time every day except for Sunday when I turn it off. I also follow the consistency rule, in that I often have the same thing for breakfast and lunch -- I don't need to think about it, it takes about 5 minutes to put it together and I am done. I buy tons of precut fruits and berries because they are easy to grab.
Make yourself a priority.

ESTIBON21 Posts: 1
5/25/12 12:51 P

Lots of great ideas in here. I use the dvd method myself. I have these old "It figures" videos from Charlene Prickette. Parking far away from buildings helps too, I think.

1KSBEST Posts: 7,188
5/25/12 12:46 P

I have begin a rotating strength training routine and this is the 5 week of weight loss.
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5/25/12 10:42 A

Some mornings when i'm pressed for time, I will take my ipad and coffee and sit on my stationary bike and pedal while I read my email.

Not a heavy workout, but it usually lasts the 20 minutes I have in the morning for coffee and computer anyway, and it prevents me from falling into the dreaded cycle of "i'll do it tomorrow".

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5/25/12 9:48 A

I work 2 jobs and am back in school full time. I wait tables, so I consider that exercise. But I want to spend time with my kids whenever I can, so I take them on bike rides, or one rides a bike and a pull another in a wagon. A lot easier now that it's not winter! But I think involving them helps me want to do it, sets a good example for them, and although I may not be exercising as hard as I would if I were by myself, I get to enjoy my kids!

5/25/12 9:40 A

Thanks for info on 10 minute trainer DVDs.

REANEA Posts: 314
5/24/12 6:27 P

I take care of myself first.

DPDAVIS Posts: 3,548
5/24/12 3:14 P

It's very hard..

1KSBEST Posts: 7,188
5/24/12 3:08 P

I recorded my "walking DVD" to my MP3 (little headset) so now when I wake up early and need to be quiet, on goes the headset. Also, working great during the day, in-between house chores, saves me time and I am walking more.

Thanks for all the helpful ideas
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CILLI1RL SparkPoints: (10,462)
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5/24/12 2:18 P

And for those that don't have the extra time, the 10 minute trainer DVD's are pretty awesome. I was doing 3 of them a day. It's also nice because if you aren't in the mood for 3, just do 1 and it's still better than nothing! :)

ALESHA425 SparkPoints: (1,112)
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5/24/12 12:05 P

Great idea! I never really thought about doing some exercises at work. I could power walk around my building.


IMELECTRIC SparkPoints: (14,798)
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5/24/12 11:42 A

I found a few 20 minute dvd's for my mornings. When I get home i start dinner and while it cooks I exercise for 30 minutes on my elliptical. On the weekends I start my day off with a 3 mile walk and then try to stay busy all day with yard work or take a hike. If it is raining I just do 30 minutes on the elliptical in the afternoon. Doubling up on the days off helps.

MARIEBUTTERFLY SparkPoints: (8,123)
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5/23/12 8:05 P

You are a women after my own heart! I always thought I had to be @ the gym or workout with a long dvd. I get exercise in whenever I can. Going outside the box is changing my world, and it sounds like it has changed yours!!!!! Thanks for confirmation!!!

LADYBUG999MO Posts: 634
5/23/12 5:49 P

Thanks for the tip, SOKKERNUT. I have never thought about wall push up in the ladies creative : ) I will do that too.
For me, I hit the gym during the lunch hours at least three times a week. Most of work days, I power walk with my coworker 20 minutes in the morning. Take stairs whenever is possible. In the afternoon, I walk another 15 minutes by myself (kind of like meditation walk). I feel fit and healthy.

TKORTE99 Posts: 143
5/23/12 12:59 P

I appreciate hearing how other busy people fit exercise into your lives!! I'm another busy one and often times don't get a chance to sit down at night until 9 pm or later - exercise is the last thing I want to do at that point of the day! Thanks for the ideas!

DPDAVIS Posts: 3,548
5/23/12 12:29 P

It's very hard.

5/22/12 4:07 P

I have a full time job and co-own a business with my husband. I get my exercise in at work. I power-walk 10 minutes in the morning, walk 30 minutes at lunch, and walk 10 minutes in the afternoon. I bring my food with me and drink my daily water at work. By the time I leave work, my cardio exercise is done. In addition, 3 days a week I get strength training by using the 10 minute trainer DVD.

To summarize, figure out what type of exercise you like to do and make sure it is added to your schedule. In addition, remember cleaning counts as exercise! Best wishes on your weight loss journey! emoticon

LOUISE1023 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/22/12 3:21 P

My challenge at the moment is that I work long hours, on my feet all day, and when I get home 12 hours after leaving for work I am pooped! I have to pack 2 meals and bring them to work. Getting up an hour early is not an option for me. I often work in the evening and then go back in first thing in the morning, and am not a morning person.

I find that planning ahead is crucial. Today is my day off and I just planned the next 3 days using just the food I have on hand, which will last until my next day off. Also, I try to pick exercise that I really do enjoy. Today I can do a long, relaxing yoga workout that is On Demand with my cable. Now that I wrote that I feel even more motivated!

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5/22/12 1:03 P

It's difficult at best, and the early morning thing has not worked for me...I hate that, though, because exercise before anything else is the best way to go.

I make it a point to go the gym at least 4 times a week directly after work, no if's, and's, or but's. If I deviate this, I will rarely workout at home or get my husband to go for a late night walk. There are just too many other things going on. Even if I take off work early, the first place I go is the gym. I put in my best work there. For days when I am really, truly pressed for time, I have a 5-minute workout saved on EA Active. Its super tough, and at least I've done something:)

For meals and food in general, planning ahead is definitely the key. My time is usually Saturday morning to plan. I see what is fresh at the farmer's market and then try to plan menu and snacks around what's available.

5/22/12 12:59 P

After reading most of the comments here I have concluded that the 2 main necessities for successfully leading a healthy life under a busy is schedule are as follows:

1. Early morning exercise, getting it done first thing before your busy day even starts!
2. Log your food!

I am very successful logging my food during the week but the weekend not so much. I need to be and will be better about weekend logging! I am going to begin the AM exercising a.s.a.p.

I wish you all success!

MICHELLE8Q SparkPoints: (47,181)
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5/22/12 10:09 A

1. Do is as early in the day as possible. If you get it done early, then you can't run out of time.
2. This is not always possible. Come up with a quick routine that burns a decent amount of calories. 30 min. DVD's (ie. 30 Day Shred), and a quick walk/run on my treadmill will cut it. Not every workout has to be an hour.

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5/22/12 9:57 A

I get up an hour early and walk before I have to wake the kids for school and get myself ready for work. My afternoons are crazy with sports and other activities, so if I am able to fit something in I consider it a bonus! A quick game of kickball with the kids in the backyard while cooking out, or often we go to the YMCA for a late evening swim - it is good exercise and everyone sleeps better :)

Sometimes it is hard to get out of bed in the morning, but once I get going I really enjoy the 'me' time!

I use my crockpot at least a couple times a week which cuts down on dinner time.

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5/22/12 7:36 A

The best way to lose weight if you have a busy schedule is by planning and maximizing your opportunities whenever you can. For example you could take the stairs instead of using the lift and have healthy snacks like dried fruits and nuts ready to eat whenever you feel hungry. It does require some extra motivation but it is definitely achievable.

JENNYBAKER247 Posts: 2,624
5/22/12 1:45 A

Not easy, but it is do-able.

WISDOM73 Posts: 528
5/21/12 6:04 P

To me staying healthy is a commitment. A healthy weight is only one of the reasons: I feel better and lead a better life when I am in healthy mode. So, busy or not, it is a way of life. To make it happen, I find that planning ahead is paramount. Earlier this year I started planing my meals before I head out for grocery shopping. It works well. I make sure to keep emergency food on hand such as canned tuna, frozen veggies, brown rice and quinoa.

Exercise is also a planned thing. My schedule is built around it. I walk to a more distant printer at the office, use the stairs and take a slow walk during lunchtime. Weather permitting I comute to work. I have time to hit the gym several times a week. My weeks are super busy but planned well, it happens!

SKINNT Posts: 6
5/21/12 2:47 P

I know what you mean! I have found that staying busy with your job or some hobby if ur not at work, takes your mind off of eating. I'm trying to find something to fill my time where I don't think of food. Can I add you as a friend and we can keep in touch?



1KSBEST Posts: 7,188
5/21/12 11:22 A

I wake up early, to care for my mother, and now if I can't fall back to sleep I put om my headset and lesson to my prerecorded walking tape. I usually get in 2 miles before returning to bed or starting my day.
I am getting use-to daily exercise and put it on-top of my '"TO-DO" list.

Thanks I like the idea of squats during the day, keep the motor running.
Love all these ideas,
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SOKKERNUT Posts: 11,705
5/21/12 10:10 A

Baby steps, start off small. When I was busy I used to take my 15 min breaks and go walking, or take the stairs all the way down to the 1st floor and then ride the elevator back up. In the ladies room I used to do wall push-ups and squats, I would say I will do 1 set of 15 and then when I come back again i will do another set, and so on and so on. You can find little things to incorporate into working out. Park as far away from your building as possible or garage park on the highest floor take the stairs and then take the stairs back up after work. The possibilities are endless.

5/21/12 8:19 A

plan plan plan

5/20/12 11:32 P

I have been on this boat by a bit over 1 year. I have realized that what works for me is having a schedule : planning meals and exercise and just stick by it no excuses. As weekends tend to be calmer for me I try to do as much cooking as I can during this time, also exercising over the weekend is no excuse time. I do it first thing in the morning so I don't postponing. During the week, I prefer exercising before work I am fresh, again no excuses, and it gives me a boost of energy. Good luck everyone!

CHARRIS1016 Posts: 21
5/20/12 10:34 P

I work nights too how do deal with not eating during your shift I have tried to just drink water but it isvery hard not to eat.

ALLENDL5 Posts: 2
5/20/12 10:00 P

I too work a night shift, 10 or 12 hours (get off at 7am). I've recently made it a priority to exercise even after working all night. It was challenging at first, but now it's become routine and I sleep better. In addition, I've had to stop eating right before going to's hard, I'm still working through that! We have to take the time to take care of ourselves, no more excuses. Go for it!

5/20/12 6:47 P

I was like you worked a full time job, went to school and had kids. I made a commitment for me I actually set a specific time, the same time every day usually at 9:00 to 10:00 at night (after the kids went to bed and I cleaned up) I would work out. I do the 30 minute Jillian Michaels DVD. For me it was setting a time every day except for Sunday that I had to work out no excuses, no matter how tired I was I did my workout (I lost 40 pounds and gained 70 pounds 4 years later and now I have made the same commitment and have lost 21 pounds in 12 weeks. Good luck!

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5/20/12 4:08 P

I hear you on this. What you might want to start doing is walking on your lunch break. I don't know where you work; but if your in a office complex you can walk for 30 to 40 minutes during your lunch break. Just an idea.

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5/20/12 1:14 P

I think we all the same problem is finding the time in our busy lives. As i stated before sometimes when I get home from work the last thing I want to do is exercise because i am so exhausted. I have even contiplated changing shifts I currently I work 8 hr shifts and it seems I am always at work. But if I move into a 12 hour i work less days home more and more time for my health and my home. The only thing the 12 hrs shifts are extremely long days.

We all face our own road blocks when it comes to our weight issues and and each one of us has to figure out how to over come those road blocks, myself included but for my health and to find the time to dedicate to exercise they will have to be some changes i think.

Then maybe the stress eating in the evening will stop

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5/20/12 11:19 A

I have heard of this where did u get it?

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5/20/12 5:53 A

3 words: Planning, Planning, Planning...
I'm an active duty Air Force member and I'm on duty 24/7. Needless to say my schedule is off the charts busy. Planning out meals on a daily and weekly basis is a must to keep to any healthy eating plan.
Planning does 2 things:
1. Streamlines your limited time and
2. Helps you keep track of your caloric intake (log it in)
Hope it helps.

Edited by: ROG190 at: 5/20/2012 (05:57)
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5/20/12 5:18 A

I just recentaly started using that Sensa (weight lose & portion controll) I've only been using it for a week today. Iwas suprized to see in that legnth of time i lsot 6lbs. you should give it a try. I makes you feel full when youre not. all you do is eat youre normal food that eat and sprinkel the powder on youre meals and snacks. It does'nt hurt to try it , you might beable to lose the weight you want working with a busy schedule.

Edited by: MOTHERDAUGHTER6 at: 5/20/2012 (05:22)
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5/19/12 4:15 P

Cooking healthy does take time, but I usually turn most Sundays into cookfests for the week. Usually for my lunches to take to work. The pounds started peeling off once I limited my use of the cafeteria at work to rare sides (they sometimes make, say, roast asparagus, and it's great...)

Salads are quick to put together -- wash, rip, cut, toss. I add either a squeeze of lemon juice, or a bit of olive oil and vinegar (no pre-packaged dressings any more).

Dinners on weekdays I'll often just throw a slab of fish or meat in the oven with a drizzle/sprinkle of appropriate seasonings (vary this up!), and come back to eat when it's done.

One benefit of being really busy at work is there's no time for snacks. :)

5/19/12 8:54 A

I work about 50 hours a week and I'm struggling with the same thing many of you are- the long days, the lack of energy or time when you do get off work. I've tried getting up earlier, but it seems that my 3 year old's idea as well everyday I try and do matter how "stealth" I am. It's come down to I know I don't have the right support in my household to support me with this goal. I've decided to change my schedule so that I have a certain day off every week to attend a Mommy & Me movement class with my 3 year old, and instead of vegging out when I do get home at night in front of the tv, its outside to push someone on the swingset. This is a small start, but I've got to make it a priority!

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5/18/12 9:12 P

I leave for work at 7:30 a.m. and usually don't get home before 6:30 p.m. I am not a morning person so I have to exercise in the evening. I used to go to the gym at work but got bored with it. Plus, I like being home. So I've been doing Leslie Sansone DVDs for a few months. I think I've hit on a regular schedule that works for me and gets me four exercise days a week. Well, it worked this week, anyway. :-) My weekends are much less busy than the workweek, so I'm exercising Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. My goal is to do 3 or more miles on the weekend days when I have more time, and 2 or 3 on the weeknights where I'm more tired and have less time. We'll see how this goes as I progress.

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5/18/12 2:58 P

I start training for a new job soon and I am trying to get a head start on making the right choices while being so busy. I wont have a scheduled break but my plan of action is to prepare a meal before I get to work so that I dont have to worry about what I will eat.

I hope I can stick to it! emoticon

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5/18/12 11:05 A

You need to eat regardless of your schedule. Eat healthy foods vs. unhealthy ones and watch portions.

As for exercise, you need to make it a priority. Maybe you need to cut back on volunteering so that you can maintain good health. If you're not healthy, you can't give your all to everyone else.

Take time for you first.

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