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January 30, 2013 at 8:00 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Time Management and Exercise

By Jeany Miller More Blogs by This Author

Stasis

As of today, January 30, 2013, I have been to Curves a total of eight times for the month. That breaks down to twice weekly since I rejoined, which is exactly half of what the coaches have recommended I do. Every day, I plan on going over there to workout, but my plans come to fruition much less often than I care to admit. I have no idea why this is, but it’s defeating the point of exercising at all.

Even I can concede that one hour a week will not help me lose the 30 pounds I’ve set my sights on. In fact, in three weeks, I’ve managed to lose a whopping 1.3 pounds. (And that may have been more coincidence than hard work.) Through the Curves Complete program, I’ve discovered my legs are much weaker than my arms, which likely explains the bubble shape of my butt and thighs. Without getting to Curves more often, however, I can’t possibly hope to change this unattractive shape.

A Hectic Schedule

If you’re like me, you are probably asking yourself at this point why I don’t just go exercise. After all, I live less than 10 minutes from the facility, and the circuit is touted as taking just 30 minutes to complete. But when you add in the time it takes to get dressed, drive there, workout, look at my results on the computer, stretch, and drive home, it’s definitely closer to an hour. And while this sounds incredibly difficult to believe, there really are days when I can’t escape my work duties for 20 minutes, much less an hour.

So what do I do? My answer is to take a good look at my life and figure out where I can implement improvements. Although I don’t look any different since beginning my quasi-exercise routine, I actually feel better, especially on the days when I do workout. My body feels stronger (this is probably all psychological, but it’s still nice after years of feeling like a blob of rubber cement), and I’m much less stressed. Perhaps that’s been the greatest bonus of all: I’m not as anxious as I used to be, which, in and of itself, is worth the sweat and agony I endure while on the circuit.

Yes, Mother

Phone

Where can I improve my time management, then? I’m thinking this needs to start with the daily phone calls I have with my mom, which average no fewer than six per day and sometimes total more than two hours. She’s of the belief that because I don’t have a “real” job, I don’t have real obligations. But my bills still need to be paid, and working from home is the means by which I accomplish this. So those calls have to stop or be reduced. The trouble is that I don’t know how to stand up to my mom.

Writing this, I realize that weight is not influenced by one small thing; it’s a compilation of many factors that all add up without you even noticing. I have a complicated relationship with my mom, which leads to multiple daily phone calls that accomplish absolutely nothing and prevent me (in large part) from working out. What an interesting, albeit vicious, cycle.

I’m pretty sure other areas need to be improved as well. While I haven’t kept track up to this point, I’m guessing I waste a lot of time each day, time that could be used for working to meet deadlines, after which I could get to Curves. So, I’ve just made the decision to keep a daily diary so that I know exactly what I’m doing and how long I’m doing it for. I’m committed to losing weight, truly, if for no other reason than to help me feel better about myself. But I need to incorporate this same commitment to other areas of my life as well in order to be successful.

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