How do people do it?!?!?
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Let me start off this blog by saying that I love each and every one of my friends. And I don't mean to come off as cocky when I say that I have a fair number of them. I value having lots of relationships with people and I like a lot of different activities, so I collect different friends at each. I also manage to hold onto people for a long time (maybe because I only get around to seeing them once in a while!) I can't even imagine what people with children feel like with so many more connections and chores! So, that being said, how the heck do other people find the time to keep up with everything going on their lives?!?!
I feel like I never have enough time to do everything. This fitness journey takes up a sizable chunk of time and I'm having a hard time keeping up with everything else. I guess part of the problem is my definition of a workout. It's pretty strict. In order for me to feel good about working out, I need it to be at least 20 (preferably 30) minutes of focused exercise time and I like it all at once so I can shower after. I need to sweat to feel worked out. Right now I have a boot camp on Mondays at 6:30 and Wednesdays at 8:30, then I try to fit in three other workouts throughout the week (just cardio at the moment, but I really want to incorporate strength) At least one friend goes to the gym with me (KOKITTY) so I see her regularly!
I have a full time job, 9-5 and an hour commute each way. That doesn't leave a lot of hours when I get home for all that I want to do. Plus, occasionally I attend political events or social dinners with my boss. (I am seriously considering early work outs, maybe once a week to start, but I have yet to get my butt out of bed for that lol)
Friends often ask if I want to meet for a happy hour or dinner (or both) or brunch on the weekends, or whatever else is going on. I have thought about trying to make my hang outs with friends more about fitness than drinking, but that's very hard! As the weather gets colder, it's going to get harder. Since I like to sweat when working out, I can't think of good activities to do that are also cheap. Any suggestions? I wish we all belonged to the same gym....
There are at least two friends who live about 45 minutes away who have been on my "to-see" list for weeks (dare I say, months!) One has a toddler, so we need to get together at her house and with the boy. He's very adorable, but will require our attention while we visit. A walk around the block would be a nice step up from no activity, but it still wouldn't count toward my five workouts a week, so after getting off work at 5, getting to her house, walking, dinner, visiting, and driving home, I would potentially still have to go to the gym. The other friend is a runner (yay!) but he runs significantly faster and farther than I do, so we couldn't do that together. Sadly for them, I just keep putting off seeing them. Makes me sad too!
I have newly discovered that I really really enjoy my "me-time". Time at home or at a coffee shop reflecting and relaxing, or even just getting some check marks onto my never ending to do list. Working out satisfies a little of this time for me, but it's too focused to fulfill my whole need.
Oh yeah, and I like to sleep.... Sorry this blog just rambled on and on and was mostly me complaining about being busy. I know that these are great things to have to complain about because it means there is lots of love in my life! I would love any suggestions from you folks on time management! I know the go-to is to prioritize, but I'm terrible at that. I either WANT to do it all or actually feel like I have to do it (and can't get that out of my head).
Again, I can't even imagine what it's like for people with kids!!