Post # 17
I work full-time, 45 hours a week plus 10 hours a week of commuting, plus night nursing one night a week (an additional 12 hours on Wednesday nights).
I generally leave at 7am to get to work by 8. In order to train for my half marathon, I’ve been waking up at 4:30am. I run from 4:45 to 6:15, shower, make breakfast, pack FI’s lunch, and go to work.
I used to think waking up earlier would be too hard (I used to wake up between 6 and 6:30), but once I set my mind to it, waking up earlier wasn’t a problem! I generally go to bed around 10.
I know that sounds early, but I’m so exhausted that it’s easy, I sleep WAY better than I used to, and I wake up only mildly groggy at 4:30!
Post # 18
I stopped thinking of exercise as optional. It’s like brushing my teeth now. I have to do it everyday. I usually go right after work, but if I know I have late meetings, then I’ll wake up super early and go before work. I’ve gone at 9pm before. I eat a snack about 45 minutes before I go to the gym so that I can eat dinner later. Also, do you watch tv? My biggest peeve is people who say that they don’t have time to exercise but find 3 hours a day to sit on the couch and watch their favorite tv programs. You have to prioritize what’s important to you, but those people that complain yet have that time to sit around seriously piss me off.
Post # 19
Ugh, I feel your pain — I was in graduate school for five years, and at least three of those were years with a schedule like you described. It’s definitely hard. Thank goodness it doesn’t last forever! But in the meantime, I think it’s awesome that you’re going to try to exercise on weekends. My advice would be to make those weekend workouts really count. So for example, go for a really long walk or take a day hike with some friends, or take a few back-to-back classes at the gym (if you belong to one). Then, on weekdays, just try to fit in something small, like a short walk/run or even some cleaning (crazy, I know, but it counts!). Good luck!
Post # 20
Everyone, thank you so much! All your advice is really helpful and I’m glad I have it in writing because now I can turn to this page whenever I lose motivation =]
I think you’re right in that I need to stop thinking about it as an option. It’s just something I need to do. As a side note, SO and I have a private joke of “Just do it,” so that’s something I need to incorporate into my daily affirmations lol
Post # 21
I just make time. My DH and I workout 6 days a week. As soon as we get out of work we change and head to the gym. No exceptions.
Post # 22
You think 10 is early? I go to bed at 8.30 … lol!!
Post # 23
Well, I went running in the park yesterday. I downloaded one of the couch to 5k apps and did it. And my legs have been killing me ever since lol
What I think I might do is try to run every Saturday, and then during the week exercise at home using whatever is available at the time. I think If I set myself up for somehting specific and it doesn’t work out, I’ll be more inclined to not do anything. So I think as long as I can be flexible but know that I need to do something then I’ll be ok =]
Post # 24
Exercise at home. If you want to do it you will do it. If you want to make excuses then we can’t help you.
Post # 25
I exercise in the evening. If I make excuses, it gets later. I still do it. Then I’m tired the next day because it didn’t get done early enough. Usually that’s enough motivation to get on with it next time. On the days when I exercise, it gets done, even if it’s midnight. But then, I enjoy it.
Post # 26
I don’t know what your schedule is like exactly, but you really don’t need a lot of time to work out. HIIT workouts are the best for you and they only take 20-30minutes. You might find that if you workout, you have more energy and so you will need less sleep. Also, weight lifting doesn’t really make you sweat. And, you might have to sacrafice having nice hair for class because you don’t have time to wash it – just put it up in a messy bun, tie it back in a pony tail, put it in a braid, wash it less often, etc. I only wash my hair like 2x/week. It takes me an extra 15-20min to wash my hair and I don’t have that time every day. Plus, it’s bad to wash it every day. Sometimes, if it’s really messy, I’ll just rinse it out so I can restyle it (it’s curly, though). If I had straight hair, it would be so much easier for me! lol Also, a lot of people recommend working out for 20-30min 2x a day – it might be easier to find an extra 20-30minutes than it would be to find an extra hour. Or, you can do the Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred which is under 30 minutes (and can be found on youtube, I believe) and is pretty much circuit training – so it’s a combination of cardio while strength training.
Or, you can join a gym that has a lot of different class times – in the morning, in the evening – and go to whatever classes you can find time for and on days you can’t find time, do a HIIT workout whenever you do have time – even if it’s in the middle of the day.
Post # 27
how about going for a brisk walk after dinner? you can do 20-30 mins and that’s already a good workout. you can do it with your husband/fiancé/SO and get some quality time together!
Post # 28
Incorporate your work out into your non-work out life. Grad school, you say? If you’re in the humanities and have tonnes of text to read, do a plank every other paragraph, for example. Think of other ways along similar lines.
I used to record my lectures and listen to them again at home while working out.
Post # 29
I go to bed at 9 when Fiance isn’t home!
Post # 30
That’s really good advice! I’ve actually been doing it – I had a few papers to write and every once in a while I would stop to do one plank and one reverse plank lol Not sure if that’s quite enough, but my body has been feeling it haha
I wish I could, but I’m in a different state from my SO during the week. That’s why on Saturdays we want to start running together. But I feel like walking by myself for a half hour is boring. Plus I don’t feel safe walking alone.
I wish I could go to sleep that early. Most days I’m doing school work until at least midnight. I can’t even imagine working out after that. Plus for a good sleep schedule it’s not recommended to work out less than a few hours before bed. So I wouldn’t want to work out and then go straight to sleep. Plus I’d feel gross if I didn’t take a shower first. So if I finish work at midnight, working out and taking a shower leaves me not going to bed until 1:30-2 and that’s just not happening. @amyinbrisbane:
Again, thanks to everyone who replied! I really appreciate all of your suggesitons =]
Post # 31
@Kat_Kit2000: I had the same exact problem at university. No consistant schedule, I took A LOT of credits at once and worked part time. I had literally no time, not even on weekends. One thing that helped a lot, and you didn’t mention this in your post so I don’t know if it applies, but I quit commuting between classes. Sometimes you have that hour or so gap between classes where I’d go home and maybe get something to eat. Well instead I started treating class days like a work day…show up in the morning and not go home until you’re done. So during those gaps instead of driving home for a bit I’d go to the school gym or take a long walk 🙂