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Making Time

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Wouldn't that be wonderful, be able to add time to our day. Since I haven't discovered the secret to time travel, the fountain of youth or any other magical solutions, my goal will be to make time. Something we can all do once we set our mind to it. Prioritizing is not something I am good at but must become better at if I am going to find success. I put on loads of weight by not having time in my busy daily life working in retail. I didn't find time to plan out good meals, get proper sleep and (OMG) exercise. I just retired a few months ago and in celebration, I put on more weight! I now have the time but have convinced myself, I am too busy.
Finding the time is essential.
My daughter and son-in-law bought me a fitbit one so I could track my steps daily. I never put much faith in pedometers, seems they just weren't accurate. But then growing up, I thought playing pong was advanced electronics. This apparatus is hooked up to my lap top, Ipad, and Iphone. It downloads when it gets near my laptop without my interference, Even tracks my sleep. By showing me how few steps I am taking versus the goal, it encourages me to get moving.
How do we find the time when we are too busy? How much time do I watch TV, listen to the radio, daydream and get on FB. I definitely can find time by only watching the TV shows I have a connection to. My wife was amazed how quickly I became engrossed in TV. No need to cut out all TV, I wouldn't like exercising if I felt I was using time inappropriately. Punishing myself will not bode well for sustained activity. By timing my exercising around shows I might want to watch gives me at least one hour per day. Planning meals ahead will save me time as well and will aid me in eating healthy. Making my lunch at night or at least planning it, will allow you to sleep in a few more minutes the next morning. It'll make for a more balanced unhurried lunch. When finished with lunch I could take a short walk.
Planning to do my exercise as soon as I get up. It's out of the way and I know I will feel better the remainder of my day. The fitbit one I mentioned earlier has made me more aware of wasted time. If I haven't moved in awhile, it messages me when I check it. "Howdy" lets me know I have been motionless. I was probably daydreaming.
Analyzing my day honestly lets me know I have time available by becoming flexible with it. If you dont like to walk, take a camera along. Record the neat things you see. Just taking the time to look where you walk will show many of natures wonders. Find your time.
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  • IOWAGRAMMA
    Planning is essential to so many things, including this new job of yours (and mine) of getting healthy! I like to get at least half my exercise done before I do any Sparking. It is sort of my reward, I think. But, in all your planning and programming...I think you definitely need to include some time to do some of that daydreaming you mentiong--call it meditation, quiet time, planning time...whatever, but it is important to give your minds and bodies a little unprogrammed down time, too (in my humble opinion...LOL)! Good luck!! Jeannie
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    2009 days ago
  • SPUNKYDUCKY
    Nice blog - very insightful. What we prioritize is what we become....
    2010 days ago
  • JILL313
    We have to make getting healthy and moving more a top priority. I've read to actually schedule on your calendar the time each day you're going to exercise, as it's so important. It's so easy to make excuses as to why we can't exercise, and not having time to spare is one of my favorites. However, like you mentioned I take lots of time to Spark, read and do other things I enjoy so what's wrong with my excuses? Sometimes, I'm my own worse friend. I know when I exercise I do feel better mainly about myself that I'm doing something healthy for myself. I used to exercise a lot when I was younger and with 3 young kids no less. It all comes down to what are our top priorities, and getting as healthy and fit as possible is mine. So, I'm vowing next year, 2013, is my year to move more. . .and possibly get a Fit One myself as I'm sure I'll be shocked at how really inactive I am. We can add years to our life by moving more so studies have confirmed. . .I want to enjoy life and be here and enjoy being with emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon my family as long as possible. It's all up to us. We Can Do this!

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    Jill
    2010 days ago
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