Post # 32
i’m also a grad student, and i joined the gym at my school and just make it a priority to go every day. most days it isn’t a problem, and on days when i’m busy i can usually find an hour free. i also had tons of excuses before, and finally i just forced myself to sign up at the gym. now, i don’t want that $40/month to go to waste so i make sure i go as often as possible. i’ve lost 10lbs in 2 months so far! 🙂
Post # 33
@MmeVT: I second the idea of having an afternoon snack and then just working out right away when you get home.
Agreed! I eat an afternoon snack and go to Powerfit immediately after work. I eat dinner once I am done.
I find that if you don’t make time the time will never just appear in your schedule. For me I have to make the decision daily that I am going to go. I bring my stuff, change and work and head directly there and don’t allow anything else to come up in the mean time. Yes it is inconvienent at times and sometimes I have to miss for unavoidable reasons but I find that with planning ahead I can usually stick to my schedule.
Post # 34
I also “yes” the snack and then work out.
Last year was the year that I lost the most amount of weight, I worked 40 hours a week and had to be at work at 8:30 (which is early for me), I was taking a night class 3 times a week, and always had one or two night meetings I had to attend. After work I would drive across town to Santa Monica to workout, which is only about 5 miles but could take up to an hour. Then sit in traffic to get back across town for which ever post work thing I had that day.
I would eat a protein bar before the workout, and I’d leave my workout feeling refreshed and appropriately hungry for dinner. Prior to this routine, I would almost convince myself that I was hungry after work and eat something with a lot more calories than a protein bar. I lost a lot of weight by replacing that after work mini meal with a protein bar and workout!
Also, focus on what you can do. Don’t overwhelm yourself by thinking you can’t fit in a workout. Like PP have said, a workout doesn’t have to be an hour long traditional thing. It can be doing 15 jumping jacks, then a 1min plank, then some crunches, etc. Stay postive and focused!