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Sunday, March 24, 2013

We read about it all the time here on SparkPeople - that we're able to fit fitness into our days. Ten minutes here, ten minutes there - it all adds up. And they are words said and written by people who either don't have children and full time jobs or where fitness is their full-time job. I don't fit into either of these groups.

Sometimes, my life gets incredibly busy. Sure, sometimes my life is regular and routine and I can schedule in a workout. But sometimes it isn't. I have a demanding job. If I don't deliver at certain times, I'm in trouble. I also have three children and when they need something, I have to be there. Last, we take in foster dogs and sometimes I have to schedule people to visit or me to bring the dog. Or to the vet or what-have-you.

Last year, I really struggled with fitting in a fitness routine into my busy times. So I would do it, then not get enough sleep or eat and I would get sick. Then I'd have to stop everything for a couple of weeks until I got healthy. Then, getting back into the fitness and diet routine is really hard. After several failed attempts like this one, I learned that this isn't the thing to do. If I don't have time to exercise - then I'm going to let it go. Still eat right, but let the exercise go. This way, I won't get sick. And I'll be able to get back into the exercise routine when my schedule evens out again.

I know it's not ideal, but it's where I am.
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  • 68ANNE
    You do what you can with what you have and you have no time. So be it but don't worry, it will get better.
    1917 days ago
    I am constantly striving to find balance in my life. It can be so frustrating. I work full time and have 4 children ages 4 - 13. It is not easy, you can only do what you can do.

    On a positive note, my children are now at the age that I can take them in the garage with me while I do a workout and they walk with me too. In fact, now my 6 year old is the one keeping me "in check" b/c he likes to go. I put him on his bike while I walk. It isn't easy and I would often rather it be "me" time but at least I get some workout in. Now it is a combination of family fitness and quality time with my kids. Is that a possibility for you?

    The most important thing is to keep yourself healthy. emoticon

    1917 days ago
    Hope you can find a few minutes of me time!
    1917 days ago
    We all have to find and follow a plan that works for us.... keep on keeping on...,
    1917 days ago
    You are striving to be the best you can be... not perfectionism. we all juggle with our schedules sometimes and life is what it is. Sometimes I wish there were more hours to the day too.
    1917 days ago
  • MJRVIC2000
    Life is full of daily challenges. It is what makes life interesting. How we deal with them will determine the kind of day. What we sow we shall reap! God Bless YOU! Vic.
    1917 days ago
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