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ELLGEEBEE SparkPoints: (1,038)
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11/8/12 8:24 A

I also work full-time and am a full-time graduate student, so I can sympathize about the lack of time to eat healthy and exercise. I usually spend one afternoon/evening on the weekend and cook all of my food for the week, then refrigerate or freeze the leftovers and heat them up when it's time for a meal. I also stock my fridge with plenty of ready-to-go items (greek yogurt, apples, fresh spinach that I eat straight from the container, cheese sticks). As far as exercise, I agree that it is tough to make time. However, you can try waking up 15-20 minutes early and squeeze in a fast workout in the morning. Go for jumping jacks/burpees/climbing the stairs/whatever you feel like doing!

FREEBASS Posts: 385
11/8/12 7:57 A

Sometimes, devoting yourself to a healthy lifestyle of good eating and exersize become the sole reasons for getting the other stuff done.

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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11/8/12 7:48 A

My sister was doing her post graduate degree, working full time and living on her own and lost 110 lbs on Sparkpeople. If there's a will, there's a way.

N16351D Posts: 2,349
11/8/12 4:16 A

You did not mention children, so I presume you have none. How easy can it get! Read on...
First, congratulations to you for struggling to pay for, and finish college. You are not alone!

I was a single mother going to school part-time and working about 10 hours a week. I did that from 1979- 1985 until I finished college. And I found time to exercise. The way I see it, if you don't have kids, you can find time to exercise. At least you can go jogging without the baby stroller, a baby sitter, or running circles around the child in a park! I got about 4-5 hours sleep from Monday - Thursday night, had "Family nights" on Wednesday and Friday, "date night" was Saturday (if I had one at all!) and time for church on Sunday morning, with extended family visits on Sunday afternoon.

It was the darn hardest time of my life and nothing I would wish on anyone, but I did it.

I got up around 4:30 AM to get a 1/2 - 1 hour run in before study in the AM and get the child up for preschool.

One of the most important things I learned was that I did not need to get straight "A's". I was a solid "B" average student. Your next employer won't look at your grade on your transcript. Instead, they want to know if you finished college.

I also discovered that if I didn't take care of myself, I was no good for anyone else. I learned that when I exercised, I had more energy for what I needed to do. It also helped when, 35 years later after exercising all of those years, I was diagnosed with high cholesterol, when my weight had been within its reasonable range for four decades! The jogging protected my heart.

Do you have a social life? What a luxury! I didn't except for an aging neighbor, and elderly relatives, or friends I saw Sunday morning in church! Oh, and an occasional date... I was alone, worked alone, took care of my child alone, jogged alone. If you don't have time for friends, you are probably on a track to be successful! It is only for a season. College isn't forever!

Do you have time to watch TV or be on Facebook? Though the internet didn't exist during those tough years of mine, I had no time for TV, so didn't even have one. If you do either of these, you have time to exercise.

No matter your situation, I understand because I have been there.

Now, you can get creative and figure out ways to get 10 minutes segments of exercise into your day. I put my baby on the back of the bicycle and biked to her daycare and classes. I walked in the snow and rain. You can park further away and walk more than you are now. You can do a set of 15 tricep dips off the toilet every time you use it ( a friend showed me that one last year!). You can do calf raises when waiting in lines at grocery store, post office, etc. You can roll your shoulders 20 times every hour no matter where you are or what you are doing. You can do torseau stretches sitting anywhere, anytime except maybe a movie theatre. You can do 5 minutes of sit-ups before you take your shower in the morning. (I had days when I was too busy to take a shower!) And push-ups can be done in 1-2 minutes. You can do lunges when walking around your home. There are creative ways to fit exercise into your hectic day.

Keep reading SP message boards looking for ways to fit exercise into busy schedules. Hunt for articles online on this site to get more ideas of fitting exercise into your day. It takes, work, effort, commitment and dedication. The question is, do you have those?

Congrats on your hard work. Best wishes....

MMEEAAGGX3 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/7/12 10:23 P

You may not have time to work out a lot, but everyone has time to eat more healthy....You don't really have to cook a lot to make better food choices. Even making better snacking choices helps by a long run.

GINGERVISTA Posts: 6,236
11/7/12 9:51 P

I agree......even with busy schedules, we take the time to do things that are important to us. If somebody watches a sitcom, that's 30 minutes you could be working out; if you're on the computer, you could be doing one of Coach Nicole's videos.
Start with squeezing 10 minutes of something.....ANYTHING in somewhere & see where it goes from there. Increase to 11 minutes, etc. Or break it down & go on several 10-minute walks throughout the day. It all adds up. emoticon

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 26,453
11/7/12 9:37 P

We always make the time for the things most important to us.

SHARONSOWN Posts: 1,746
11/7/12 9:27 P

Love the screen name! My favorite is to either stay standing up or sit on an exercise ball rather than a standard chair. Alternate leg lifts, roll side to side and in circles, tiny crunches while on the phone, ..... just keep moving in whatever ways you can while doing your life things. And butt clenches, calf raises, check out the desk workout video from Coach Nicole! Best of luck to you!

ELECTRICNERD SparkPoints: (3,472)
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11/7/12 9:08 P

It always looks like I have no time to be healthy. I work full time and am a full time student. I don't have time to cook for myself or exercise. I even spend my days off working on projects and exams. Any healthy advice for a busy schedule?

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