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Managing Time

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Managing my time is going to be the key to my success or failure over the next several months with all the goals I need and want to accomplish. I may have bitten off a little more than I can chew (and I hate to admit that), however I have made commitments and refuse to quit now.

This weekend will be my 2nd intensive yoga teacher training weekend. When the group last met 2 weeks ago on Jan. 23rd we were give a list of homework we needed to complete before the next weekend (this weekend). I am no stranger to homework as I frequently juggle college classes along with being a full time working parent, but the amount of reading and writing papers was almost unmanageable. Since it was assigned, I have tried to do a little chunk everyday, usually taking some of the reading down to the gym at work on my lunch break and read while I do the elliptical and then reading some more at night when I get home. Most of the reading is done, but I still have 2 essays I need to complete tonight, typed up to have printed out to bring this weekend.

I am also taking 1 college class on the Physiology of Wellness which I thought would tie in nicely to the yoga training and my weight loss goals I am trying to achieve this year. But it is still work on top of more work, even though so far it does not seem to be a difficult class.

On top of all that, I am still trying to squeeze in work outs in between work and caring for my son, which has been a challenge, but again it’s all about time management. I try to always make time on my lunch break at work to utilize the gym downstairs, even though my break is only ½ -hr and I can’t get too sweaty because there is no time to take a shower before I have to get back to work (eewww, I know). I have been setting my alarm for 5am everyday to try to do some strength training or something else, because I think early morning would be the best time for me and I can get it over with but it has been a struggle to actually get up. Actually, truth be told in the month I have been trying to get up at 5am, I have only been able to do it twice, which stinks I know.

So apparently I need to recommit myself again to my goals and insist that I get up and get my workout in. No excuses. This is the best way to manage my time and myself.
Anyone have any thoughts of how to get up and not hit snooze so much?
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    As I see it - if you HADN'T set the alarm clock, you would have missed 2 mornings where you were clear enough to work out. Another thing I read somewhere, that some of the most ambitious sports people, when they hit the wall and cannot get any better, faster etc and try and try with more and more exercise, what normally does the trick is to take them off some of the training hours and add more sleep to their life. Then results again jump forward. Why should it not be the same here? Why do the spark page here and there point out that 8 hours of sleep is important? Probably because nobody can function without sleep. So continue to set the alarm. Evaluate if your body is still exhausted from that extreme program you are having, if it is - then send loving thoughts to your body for telling you so and go back to sleep. At the end of each month enjoy if it was possible to put in a couple of workouts and congratulate yourself for the ones you did, instead of focusing on the ones where the body and mind was worn out.
    This reply I would obviously not have sent if it seemed like you were lying on the couch and had gotten into the habit of not getting up and exercising. But you do not seem lazy, rather close to the limit.
    Respect the signals the body send to you, and remember, the glass is always half full, not half empty! emoticon
    3355 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/9/2010 8:55:40 AM
    How about doing the cardio at home, like an aerobics tape, and do the strength at work? Also, you can alternate between your yoga practice in the AM and a strength session. You don't have to do everything at once. Maybe the physio class is one too many things to do.
    3360 days ago
    try sleeping in your workout clothes. It make for getting up early easier since you already have the clothes on and can jump out of bed and work out. Then again I don't really have that problem I'm a morning person.

    3360 days ago
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