How Do You Find the Time?

I’m pretty frustrated with my weight. I’m the heaviest I’ve been (non-pregnant) in the last 5 years. I know that I need to eat better. I’ve cut out some simple things like alcohol during the week and soy lattes. I’m working on the food part of things, though to be honest the holidays are a hard time to do that. I’m social coordinator at our office and running four weeks of cookie exchanges. That’s tough.

What I really need to do is find a way to work regular exercise into my schedule. I just don’t know how to do it. I’m not trying to allege that I’m too busy. Everyone is busy. Busy people work out. I’m just not sure where it works in my life right now. As I see it, there are three possible times to try to work out each day.

Before Work: Getting to a class wouldn’t be impossible. Many places around here have 6am classes. Our morning schedule is to get up around 6:15, we get ready, then get the kids up at 7. We rush around and get everyone out the door by 8, hopefully 7:45. So if I go to a 6am class, I won’t be back until about 7:15. Then I need to get cleaned up and dressed – leaving A to get the kids up and ready on his own. Sure, that would my mornings less stressful but it doesn’t seem very fair to A (and it would likely delay our leaving the house every morning).

During the Day: I usually try to sneak out of work for a lunchtime Zumba on Fridays, but that isn’t workable everyday. I have a pretty tight 8:30-5 work day, which fits in the day care schedule. While I work more than 40 hours a week, it is not enough to get it all down. I rarely take a lunch away from my desk. So how do I fit a work out in? Not to mention, how do people deal with being gross and sweaty in the middle of the day.

After Work: Like our mornings, there is not much time to spare. Home by 6, dinner around 6:30, kids in bed at 7:30. Again there are many classes that start around 7 or 7:30, but it would mean I had to leave A to do bedtime on his own. It’s not that I don’t think he can do it, he is probably better at bedtime than I am, I just don’t think it is fair to leave him to do it alone three times a week. Plus, we have lots of other things going on during the week – laundry, cleaning, occasional meetings/social events. Oh, and I’m tired at the end of the day. Really, really tired.

So, what do you think dear reader? How do you fit exercise in? Does during the day work for you, despite the sweatiness? How do you manage morning workouts? Help me and my jeans.



  1. Have you tried an activity tracker like Fitbit or Jawbone? I don’t work out (I don’t enjoy it which means I don’t make the time) so I have been using a Jawbone Up to set daily step goals. After I put the kids to bed, if I haven’t hit my 10k goal, I take the dog out for a walk and go until I hit 10k. Keeps me more active as I’m trying to lose the baby weight!

  2. I do have a FitBit, that’s a great reminder to do things like walk the dog to hit my steps or just get up around the office more. I used to hit my steps more routinely, but I’ve definitely been off lately. Thanks for the comment!

  3. I’ve been struggling with this myself and mentioned it to B the other day and he was all for me going after he comes home from work and said he could handle dealing with the kids for me to be able to be healthier. I bet A would say the same thing. I think as women we tend to have major guilt about the men in our lives doing things on their own for us to take some time for ourselves. We need to be able to prioritize ourselves without feeling bad about it. That being said, I think you should do it in the mornings. I used to work out in the am and felt so much more energized to start the day and it was out of the way before I could find a excuse of being too tired (minus the whole having to wake up early thing). You’re already up early, so why not dial it back another 30 minutes and go hit a 6 am class (or go do some cardio/weights). Unless you HAVE to be at work at 8:30, I’m sure it’s probably fine if you get there 15-20 minutes later. Don’t feel bad about it being fair. I’m sure there are lots of things we do that aren’t totally fair to us and I’m sure your husband would support you wanting to be healthier. And it will set a good example for the girls to take care of themselves and not always put themselves last like we tend to do as moms. Ok, soapbox over! Good luck! :-)

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