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mid-November, time to re-balance

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Dear Sparkfriends,

It's been a while. Or, not that long really, two months.

I've been teaching a class at the university, just one class on Monday Wednesday and Friday afternoons, while still working as a glorified administrative assistant on Tuesdays and Thursdays (with house and pet sitting jobs on the side as they come up). I feel robbed of time! I barely get to yoga, MAYBE once a week or up to three times per month. I've been a little better with zumba, going up to twice per week. I feel like all my time is spent sitting and, as a result, my muscles have gotten soft so whereas my weight hasn't changed much (one pound), my body FEELS different. What am I going to do? A few things...

My lack of time is due to a few things. In terms of teaching, I'm still learning and holding myself to high expectations so I will not let myself go in feeling unprepared and I could be preparing up until five minutes before class begins. I need to learn effective time management and how to focus on what I first really need to get done. Ideally, my exercise would be a priority but, unfortunately, being in better shape won't help me teach my class.

I don't feel I have enough time to track my food daily (perhaps when my time management is better and I can log on for 10 minutes without becoming distracted on this site WHICH has changed significantly in the past two months!). I need to do a weekly weigh-in so I can keep track of my numbers and have some accountability. Otherwise, I need to eat mindfully. We're entering holiday season, I need to not let myself get carried away by food indulgences. EAT MINDFULLY.

I've been pretty good at getting to a zumba or yoga class at least once per week. I need to keep that up and also take advantage of any extra moments I have to squeeze in some exercise. I'm done working one night and not entirely tired enough for bed? Instead of reading, unroll my yoga mat and take 20-30 minutes on it. I have 20 minutes to wait for the bus when it's only a half hour walk home? Walk (assuming the weather is not too cold). I'm sitting down working and feeling anxious? Turn on some music and dance around to one song. SQUEEZE IN EXERCISE.

I'm done teaching on December 6, their exam is December 17. I'm continuing to work at the office through December and I applied to work back at Anthropologie just two days per week as a seasonal sales associate. I'm applying for jobs and hoping that I get an interview and can start in January. I'm house-sitting from December 6 through January 12 so I can limit the goodies I have around. I'll be further from my gym and zumba instructor (though closer to another gym I may as well try) but closer to my yoga studio. I would like to trim down 5-7 pounds before the new year, with these small steps and foci, I will be able to do it.

Have a lovely Sunday, Sparkfriends!
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  • 68ANNE
    Wow, it is so hard to do much when you've run out of time to even plan time management. You are getting there though, right

    SP Diversity
    1678 days ago
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