Author: Sorting Last Post on Top Message:
SINGINGMAIDEN Posts: 254
11/13/12 8:45 P

Excellent!!

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (158,833)
Fitness Minutes: (112,042)
Posts: 46,222
11/13/12 7:41 P

emoticon !! GREAT JOB!!!

Coach Nancy

BRIGHTBLUESKIES SparkPoints: (3,006)
Fitness Minutes: (3,630)
Posts: 30
11/13/12 7:39 P

Life update: I started making more of an effort this week to walk instead of taking the bus during my daily commute and I chalked up FOUR MILES of walking today! Just by getting where I needed to go! And it took a while, but each chunk was only about 20 minutes so it didn't seem like a lot of time then.

Also, I started doing bodyweight exercises in front of the TV when I get home and I am sort of loving it....it seems like good "me" time!!

BRIGHTBLUESKIES SparkPoints: (3,006)
Fitness Minutes: (3,630)
Posts: 30
11/9/12 5:32 A

Thanks! That advice is so, so helpful - I hadn't thought about a pedometer and I have a tendency to consider exercise exercise only if I change into gym clothes and sweat for at last a half hour. I'm going to try to get in more walking! Since I commute by bus and train I bet I could work some more in by walking to the next bus stop or something like that.

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
11/8/12 9:14 A

Coach Nancy is a wise woman.

And, best wishes with all you're doing.
You're accomplishing great things.
Keep up the awesome work, and definitely don't let yourself get burnt out

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (158,833)
Fitness Minutes: (112,042)
Posts: 46,222
11/8/12 9:06 A

Hi BRIGHTBLUESKIES,

Wow, you do have one busy schedule, but I am so happy to read that you consider sleep a priority...you nailed it. I just read a study that if one must choose between sleep and exercise, sleep should be the priority. This is the time the body recovers from the physical and emotional stressors of the day and should not be overlooked.

One thing I have found that has helped me is buying a pedometer and vowing to get in 10,000 steps (or 5 miles) a day. It is amazing how this simple device has spurred me to take extra steps each day which don't take too much time out of my schedule. Some people are using a FitBit which you can also sync with your SparkPeople program. What is great about this simple act is that studies show that active daily living activities can be just as beneficial in our weight loss efforts as hitting the gym.

I hope this helps!


Coach Nancy

Edited by: SP_COACH_NANCY at: 11/8/2012 (09:28)
SINGINGMAIDEN Posts: 254
11/8/12 7:21 A

Kudos to you for doing what you do! Grad school and work are hard to keep up at the same time but you're doing it!

Take those weekends are really pamper yourself. Let yourself get extra sleep/rest. Do some meal planning and cook ahead for the week. That way you have healthier choices and all you have to do is heat them up when you get home. As for the exercise, do it when you have time. Or put in little 10 minute workouts during your day.

BRIGHTBLUESKIES SparkPoints: (3,006)
Fitness Minutes: (3,630)
Posts: 30
11/8/12 5:53 A

Hi! I need some motivation/sunshine/ideas...

I'm currently in grad school and working as a student teacher full time and this schedule is INSANE - I get up at 5:15 to do homework/check emails/drink coffee, leave for school at 7, 20 minute lunch break, leave for class at 3, and get home from class at 8/8:30 with just enough time to get ready for the next day (I make sleep a BIG priority, so I'm in bed by 9:30 so I can get 7.5 hours or so). Homework happens on the weekends, reading happens on the train ride to work.

Anyways, before I started this grad program I was doing great with exercising (running and lifting weights with a little bit of yoga.) But now I feel like there is literally no time!! It's getting too cold and dark to run outside when I can (I don't mind the cold so much as the dark...I don't live in the safest of neighborhoods) so I am working in one/two runs a week on weekends. By the time I get home at night I am so tired that exercising in my house seems like the furthest thing from my mind.

I just started tracking again after a few months-long hiatus because I figure if I can't exercise like I want to I should probably be more careful about what I'm eating, but I really really want to look great for my wedding and honeymoon in May and I know that exercise is so important for that!

See any solutions? I'm feeling like I'm under water...

Page: 1 of (1)  




Other Staying Motivated Topics:

Topics: Last Post:
Reaching Your Touch Down - Goal 7/20/2013 11:31:01 AM
getting motivated 9/24/2013 6:42:07 PM
my scale is a liar! 4/21/2013 3:18:26 PM
Reunion... 6/25/2013 4:14:01 PM
Frustrated! Could use a little reassurance 6/26/2013 2:12:02 PM

Diet Resources: best preworkout drink | best preworkout supplements | preworkout meal