How do you find the time?

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

I have a very long day at work with a 4 hour commute each day. I wake up at 3 am, leave the house by 4:30 to get to work by 6 am. I leave work between 3 and 3:30 and get home between 4:30 and 5 pm. The things left to do are: cook, eat, exercise, clean, sleep; all before 3 am the next morning. I also need some quality time with the dogs and my husband. It is just so hard somedays to fit everything in. Since January, I made a committment to eat right, making a lot of my meals, and exercise. I just need some kind of time managment class that manages the free time. I have time management skills for work, so it it very frustrating not to be able to manage my personal time. I am a knitter, spinner, crocheter and have done so very little these past 6 months. The problem with not crafting: I use those activities to ease stress, increase my happy times, and utilize my creative talents that are not used in my job. I know that I will never be able to substitute anything else for that enjoyment. Exercise and food are consuming my time right now and I feel unhappy about it.

I do have my nutritionist appointment tomorrow, so I am hoping there will be some suggestions there.

Could you imagine if I had kids, or others to care for? I don't know how all of you out there do it! Here's to all of you!
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    I try to do a lot of my cooking on the weekends, so that when I get home all I have to do is throw it all together. I find that helps a lot. I also include hubby in the exercise as much as I can so that we can spend time together while we walk which is good for both of us. I also had to make a time for me. I have a clock in my dining room with my face on the number four to remind me that 4:00 is my time to do what I want to do for 1 hour. My kids know it, my hubby knows it and it is sacred to me. I also set on the ball when at my desk, here and at work just to add to the fitness part of my day. I suggest you really look at your day with a fresh eye, maybe there are times in the day that you haven't noticed, or can be rearranged? Good luck and don't give up hope.
    4115 days ago
    I feel for you-- I had the same stresses prior to working from home. I also find being crafty makes me happy. I would suggest on your day off from working out and focusing on food that you pick a day to get subway or eat healthy sandwiches and then do a craft that day-- so you know once a week you have a creative outlet-- you know when it is and you are also eating right b/c you planned ahead by having turkey pitas in the house or what ever floats your boat.

    Good luck
    4115 days ago
    Is your commute in a car in which you are driving? I have to assume so, because it would be too obvious to knit/crochet while commuting. I would try to figure out how to use the car time. Maybe listen to motivational podcasts, and try isometric exercises, while waiting at lights. In 4 hours you could work a lot of muscles. I bet you could do a google search. Also there is a chair that is a "holder" for an exercise ball. You put a blown up ball into the chair and use it as an office chair. So you work your core muscles while sitting at a computer or watching tv.

    You might try to do what they always suggest you do when you start a new eating program. Keep a diary of what you do all day for a few days. You may be surprised to find places where you have time you did not realize.

    And lastly, exercise is a cumulative thing, 5 minutes here, 10 minutes there, a little stroll with hubby and voila you got it all in.

    Good luck.
    4116 days ago
  • PERIDOT1848
    I also have a time management problem. By the time I get home after my day of work, I'm exhausted. Lately I've had knee problems, and the pain has been debilitating. To relieve some of the pain I sit in my recliner with an ice pack and elevate my feet. However, that doesn't help increase the activity levels. By the time I get through dinner, I'm ready for bed! Not enough hours or energy left in my day to do the things that I really love doing! emoticon
    4116 days ago
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