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03-29-2007, 06:58 PM
I'm in complete awe of so many of you.
You all work out so much, and do so many other things.

I'm wondering -- HOW?!?

I'm an absolute bear if I don't get my 8 hours of sleep, so I've been going to bed at 10 and getting up at 6 to work out. I feel like this is the only time I have to do it, and I only have an hour. This is just with normal stuff like cleaning, cooking, trying to keep up with family & friends (which I do a terrible job of) and maintaining my hobbies (stamping, which is increasingly rare -- maybe once a week). I don't even have kids yet!! I work full time, but I'm not in school.

I really am interested to hear about your schedules -- how frequently and for how long do you work out, what do you do, what else is going on in your life, how much do you sleep, and how do you stay sane?! :D

Hope that's not asking too much. :dizzy:

03-29-2007, 07:10 PM
Yes, I'd like to know too...

I'm 39, high school teacher, happily married, no kids...and I never feel as if there is enough time either. I marvel at how much working friends with kids get it all done. I know for a fact some of them get very little sleep, but others always seem fresh as a daisy. They must be excellent time managers (they probably don't spend any time on the computer ;) )

03-29-2007, 07:15 PM
I asked the same thing several months ago. For me, I rented dvds from the library for a while until I found one I liked. After I bought it, I got bored with the same routines everyday and bought another one. I go out to my back room and do them in the AM if I get up early enough. If not, then while my DH is cooking dinner, or I've put something in the oven, I'll go do a mile of the WATP dvd. This morning I did 3 miles. Yesterday, after work, I did 3 miles.

Getting up and going to the gym isn't in the cards for me yet. I think I'll have to add it later on because I will need to include weight training and I want some instruction.

Good luck. It's hard. These women amaze me.

03-29-2007, 07:41 PM
OK, well, here is my schedule.

I work 10 hour days most days of the week - 8am-6:30pm, with usually a half hour lunch. A typical day goes like this:

7:30 - up, dressed, etc (I work from home, so no commute - but my days are long regardless)
8:00 - 1:00 - Work
1:00 - 1:30 - Either prep dinner or exercise on lunch break - sometimes i do strength training, sometimes I do a bonus cardio workout, and sometimes i get all of my dinner ingredients prepped and pre-cooked or go to the grocery store.
1:30-6:30 - work
7:00 - 8:00 - gym
8:00 - 8:30 - Finish prep and serve dinner
9:00 - 10:00 - dinner dishes, neaten up, regular "get stuff done" stuff like bill paying, and prep dinner for next day (chop veggies, take meat to defrost, double check we have all ingredients).
10:00 - 10:30 - downtime - usually i read
10:30 - 11:00 - tooth brushing, face washing, get ready for bed, and fall asleep sometime before 11.

03-29-2007, 07:50 PM
Since I am a stay at home mom I have a completely different type of busy. For me I can snatch bits and pieces of time here and there but long workouts are hard unless my 2 year old decides to take a nap. I run super early when DH is home and do weights throughout the day when I get a chance.

Lack of sleep is sometimes a problem for me. I had to get up at 6 the other day to run. It was awful. But usually I get to run closer to 7:30 or 8 and that's ok.

03-29-2007, 07:55 PM
I feel like I'm really busy, but I do manage to fit it in. I always wonder how people with kids do it -- that's what I don't understand!! Like someone else who posted, I'm a happily married high school teacher. Here's my usual schedule:

6:30 get up and ready for work
7:40 - 3:30 -- work (teaching)
3:30 - 5:15 -- work (planning, grading, etc)
5:15 - 6:00 or 7:30 -- workout (this varies -- sometimes it's a quick 30-minute run; sometimes it's a long cardio session plus a bodysculpting class)
7:00 - 7:30 -- commute home
7:30 - 11:00ish -- dinner, hanging out with hubby, loads of work for school, internet time, free time (reading, playing the piano, etc)

If my house gets cleaned (and it doesn't as much as it should), it happens on the weekend. I also work out more on the weekend, throwing in a longer run, a yoga session, another strength training session, etc. Much of the weekend is taken up with school work, however.

03-29-2007, 09:12 PM
Lisa - You must be an English teacher? That sounds like my schedule!

03-29-2007, 09:29 PM
Well I've had 3 schedules. There was when I was working 8 - 5 M-F and I would ride my bike the 1.5 miles to work on good days, then I'd go for a run or hit the gym right after work for an hour. Get home around 6:30 and do dinner and whatever else needed done in the evenings and on the weekends.

Then there was the same work schedule, with an added schooling 5:30 - 9:30 M-W. On school nights, I would go for a run or walk on my lunch hour. I'd also get up 15 minutes earlier and do situps and weights, then do some yoga for 15 minutes before bed.

And now there's the SAHP schedule. And I kinda exercise wherever I can get it in. While he's napping or playing, or I just head out to the park with him in the jogging stroller.

03-29-2007, 09:48 PM
Lisa - You must be an English teacher? That sounds like my schedule!

I am!! All those essays to read... I always envy my math teacher husband when he just quickly checks his papers. Also, he only teaches one type of class, and he has three classes. I have six classes (block schedule) and I teach three different things, so planning is a beast. Also, it's only my second year so I'm really still working things out. I did corporate stuff for ages -- you know, jobs you don't take home with you every night! I would never go back, though. Never EVER. I'll take a classroom over a cubicle or office any day, even with all the stress that goes with it.

Let me tell you, though -- I NEED my run when I get out of school. Stress relief from dealing with teenagers all day!

I really would love to run in the morning, but I don't want to run in the dark so I don't do it.

03-29-2007, 09:55 PM
I'm a working student so it looks a little something like this:

6:00 - wake up
6:15 - cycle / get bus to station
6:50 - get train to work
8:00 - work
2:00 - train to uni
3:00 - tute
4:00 - lecture
6:00 - waiting at station...
6:30 - train home
8:00 - cycle / bus to gym
8:30 - gym
10:00 - cycle / get lift home
10:20 - make lunch, shower, bed

Yeah, it's a lot of work... but for the moment, I have to make it a priority. I can't expect things to change if I don't put the effort in and my health, my figure - I want them SO BAD. I feel it's a case of "if you want something bad enough, you'll find a way, if you don't, you'll find an excuse".

Definately too much commuting for my liking though! Oh well, it's time to do readings for all my subjects.

03-30-2007, 01:14 AM
I'm married with an 8 year old, I work FT, and I also take classes online. And I am NOT a morning person. Here is a sample of my day:

6:30 - wake up, prepare for work (DH takes DS to/from school, so that's a plus)
7:30 - 6:00 - work (1 hour commute)
6:30 - exercise at home (DVD's) or fitness center in my complex
7:30 - eat dinner (DH usually cooks too :) )
8:00 - family time
9:30 - school
11:30 - bedtime

03-30-2007, 04:45 AM

6am - alarm goes off. Straight up, grab some juice and dried fruit, out of the door.
6.45 - 7am - arrive at gym. Work out until about 8am, change and cross the road to get to work.
8.45 - eat breakfast at work
9 - whenever - work. Go out for a walk at lunchtime.
Monday/Wednesday - eat at work, leave work at about 6pm, go straight to running club, run from 7 - 8.15 or so, go home, relax.
Tuesday/Thursday/Friday - evening at home to do jobs or out having fun.

03-30-2007, 05:24 AM
Oooh ok!

6.45am - alarm goes off... :lol:
7am - get up, get ready for work, get breakfast and pack lunches for the day ahead.
7:40am - out the door to work
8:30am - at work
12:30pm - off to gym at lunch for an hour, usually weights with a smidge of cardio. Wednesday is a scheduled rest day, but sometimes I take a different day to rest.
1:30pm - back at work
5pm - finish work and head to kickboxing Mon, Tues, Thurs.
6:30pm (Mondays) teaching kickboxing. Tues and Thurs I do 2 hours from 6pm.
9pm arrive home, have dinner, 10pm-ish go to bed.

Wednesdays are a "free evening" and DH and I will either go to the cinema or just chill out together.

Fridays I finish work at 4pm so go to the gym after work. From after Easter I will be taking another kickboxing class :rolleyes: :eek: We shall see how that fits in with everything. If that takes off, then I may end up reducing my Thursday training if DH gets mad, or if I can't keep up! :dunno:

Then the weekends are usually free/recovery days. Although I'm going to try and get in some long runs on Sundays now.

I'm exhausted just reading my schedule and I realise that actually DH and I don't spend much time together :( I guess that's why we always do a lot of fun stuff together. Lawd knows what will happen if we have kids! :rolleyes: I'll probably have to at least halve the amount of training I do! :lol3:

03-30-2007, 08:57 AM
I think senorita used a great word: priority. I never figured I had enough time to exercise and eat well until I made it a priority. Now I will put other things further down on the list (TV, computer time, house cleaning, making my grading last longer than it should, or even some sleep) to do things that are healthier.

Some days I do feel like all I do is work, shop/cook/prep food, exercise, sleep, repeat. But what was it before? More TV? I can do so much more and feel so much better that it's worth it. I also find I can work exercise into my life in ways that are more fun and make me feel that I'm the kind of person who DOES this now.

Finally, even though I don't always WANT to exercise, I acknowledge that it's a great stress relief and I often feel better afterwards. Plus, I'm putting myself first everytime I do it. I am worth that, I just didn't believe it before.

03-30-2007, 09:32 AM
Thanks Wyllenn. :)

And also just because you are placing exercise higher up on a priority list doesn't mean you need to exclude other activities like TV or reading. I love to combine them when on the cross trainer or stationary bike! If there are only 24 hrs in a day, may as well pack in as much as I can, I reckon.

03-30-2007, 10:27 AM
Yikes, I am cringing reading some of these, but good for you ladies! Your dedication is amazing.

LisaMarie, I was going to be an English teacher but I realized I could never stand dealing with teenagers all day, so I commend you! :lol:

I'm one of those people who has to have a lot of down time, alone... no kids, not married, not living with partner, etc... I'm a night owl, so I don't always get as much sleep as I'd like. My typical day goes like this:

7 a.m. Wake up (this is way too late but I can't drag myself out before this)
8 a.m. Leave for work (this is also too late, I am trying to leave 10 minutes earlier because it usually takes 40 mins to get to work, but sometimes I'm lucky)
8:30-5:30: work
5:30- communte (40 min or so)
6:30- eat dinner, then bs around and digest
8-9:15- gym
9:30-12ish- downtime!

03-30-2007, 10:47 AM
Current dilemna - join gym -or jog/walk for free

Over the last 17 years that I have been married - the days my life on my own really began. I have taken moments in my life to walk every day - then stopped- joined gym after gym - then stopped - and i'm right now back onto losing weight - i'm at an all time high that i never thought in a million years that i would ever weigh - but don't tell me something is not possible because when it comes to gaining weight - I am now a firm believer in anythhing is possible.

Now lets see if I can trick my brain into looking at losing weight as my new 'thing to beat'.

Today at lunch I'm touring a new gym in my area - for 2 hopes that i'll see people who are in shape and loving it & will make me want to go even more & get to know different people in my area to expand my work & business partners with my workout partners.

I'm scared because I have joined so many gyms in the past - and i weight more now - that i have to join in secret -so for now i'm debating it strongly - do i have the guts to see it through. This gym is very close to my home & work - I can workout at lunch and maybe in the summer when i'm working the family is away on vacation i'll be able to go in the morning too - i want to get into this workout-lose weight scenario full time so that i really do achieve my goal of 130 lbs. it use to be 120 lbs but if i lost instead of gained - at this point - i would be happy.

03-30-2007, 01:17 PM
I completely agree with Wyllenn. You have to make healthful eating and exercise a priority, otherwise it doesnít work. I know because Iíve been there, when I didnítí make them a priority it all fell apart on me.

But I also know where RidicouslyAddicted and Walking2lose are coming from. I also feel at times as if I have no time for anything I want to do. Wyllenn hit it home for me when she says she felt like she was doing the same thing over and over, but if thatís what it takes, then thatís what Iím going to have to do and accept it.

Iíve always tried to ďdo it allĒ, but I know now that I have to set more realistic expectations out of life in general. I canít do it all and Iíll have to make sacrifices to make the important things work.

03-30-2007, 11:50 PM
I've definitely made exercise and health a priority in my life. At the moment I have lots of time for exercising but I didn't always have that option. At one time I had little kids and DH would leave the house by 7AM, I was at the gym from 5am to 6:30am 5 days/week. When I went back to work full time, this is what I did also... I'd exercise on the weekend too when hubby was home with the kids. We were a tag team I'd arrive and he'd leave to do his thing, he likes to walk and bike... If there's a will there's a way!

03-31-2007, 10:37 PM
But I also know where RidicouslyAddicted and Walking2lose are coming from. I also feel at times as if I have no time for anything I want to do.
I think at times like that you have to examine what you want to do and figure out how to do it more healthfully.

IE: If I want to relax, a nice walk in the park works as well as soaking in the tub. I take some peanuts, put the baby in the stroller, and we feed the squirrels, play on the swing. By the time we do all that, I'm more primed for exercising and I'll take off on a jog for awhile then walk it back off a bit afterward.

If I want to watch a movie, I watch it marching in place instead of sitting in place. If I want to go shopping, I park as far from the doors as possible and get in as much walking as I can while shopping. I take my carts back. I even play games with the baby and run with him in the buggy to get him giggling. People point and stare at the lady running in the parking lot like something's chasing her, but oh well. :D

If all else fails, trying exercising during the work/school day. Look for reasons to use the stairs. Hand deliver messages instead of intercomming. Do ab and hip exercises in your chair. Switch your chair for a body ball...that's exercise just to sit on one and balance all day. Look for a reason to walk to work/school. If it's way too far, just park a few blocks away when you drive in and walk the rest of the way in.

Just try and find a way to incorporate the exercise into something you gotta do, or something you wanna do.

04-01-2007, 09:21 AM
Previously I would have said that I hadn't got time to fit in a 30 minute walk, but instead of getting the bus I walk to work. It hasn't taken much alteration to my morning, I just leave home a bit earlier. To get fit is now a major priority for me.

We all tend to naturally put our husbands and kids first. We've always got time to dash round doing things for them but we also need to do things for ourselves too :) And making time to improve our health is our gift to ourselves.

04-03-2007, 04:45 AM
One thing I did was hire someone to clean my house. They come once every two weeks and it costs me $85 per visit. It's so worth it. Now I don't have to waste time in the evenings or weekends cleaning, other than doing dishes and laundry.

For cooking, anything I make for dinner has to feed us for at least two nights. That way I don't have to cook every night. I have some recipes that feed us for three or four nights (I usually end up freezing some of these, so that we aren't eating the same thing four nights in a row). My SO is on his own for breakfast and lunch, so I only worry about myself for those meals.

I also try to be productive while watching TV in the evenings. I go through my mail, the paper, magazines, and pay bills.

I am lucky though that I work from home, so I don't have any commute and I don't have to waste time showering, getting dressed, etc. in the morning (although I do try to shower every few days). It also allows me to work out during the day.

I still haven't figured out how to fit hobbies in. I have a lot of unfinished projects.

04-04-2007, 06:48 PM
Thanks for all of your responses! They made me tired! Just kidding... kind of.

I am fitting in hour-long workouts 5 days a week, and could probably fit them in on the weekend, too, quite honestly. I just told myself that my goal was 5 days a week so I don't push it beyond that. Silly, I know.

I feel like I've made time for exercise. But my relationships, hobbies, and cleaning have suffered. KWIM? The relationships and hobbies thing really bugs me...

04-04-2007, 10:52 PM
Hobbies? I think my workouts have become my hobbies, I'm not complaining I really enjoy exercising more than anything else I do...