Ok, I figure I need to exercise quite a bit to lose the weight, and then, hopefully, exercise moderately to maintain a healthy body weight going forward. This requires some degree of regularity. I can (usually) get myself out the door if I am free to do so, but what about when my schedule gets in the way? This has been a perpetual problem for me, and it's not going anywhere - EVER, so I have to find a way to work with it.
I lost the weight 6 years ago, by running regularly. When I didn't run, and didn't reestablish a pattern of regular exercise, I slowly regained the weight.
I know. *what an original story!*
But that's a different blog. For now, how will I fit in the exercise I need to lose the weight, and start to build that pattern, that habit that I'm always on about?
1. Plan AND
1 and 2: so yes, I have a plan. I've worked out lots of ways to make it possible - talked with my family about setting the time aside for me, quit some activities I didn't like doing anyway, joined a gym I can afford that has hours I can work with... forced myself to start getting used to swimming as a means to exercise...
3. And, working with you all, my FANTASTIC SparkPeople, I have the accountability and motivation pieces covered.
But I get totally derailed when my schedule changes, and I have trouble getting BACK to the plan once I am back to a 'regular' schedule. (ROTFL - regular? oy!)
Last week I was scheduled for 2 shifts, but worked 5 in a row so I couldn't get to the gym at all during that time. So my workout plan for the week was foiled; going to the gym on days that I work is generally unrealistic.
I just realized, that probably sounds silly to those of you who work 8 hour days. Why not just go to the gym after work (at 8pm or at 8am)? Get up earlier and work out then? (I'd have to get up at 4:30am for that to happen. NOT going to happen.)
So, why not just work out before and after work?
12-hour days are really 13 hours when you factor in the half hour before and after each shift to give/receive report and complete documentation. Factor in an hour to get out of bed, get ready and pack the right foods (plus get dinner in the slow cooker, plus pack kids' lunches), 8 hours for sleep (lol! RARELY happens) and an hour to get to and from work:
So on the days I work, I have exactly one 'free hour,' and I still have to, you know, say hello to my kids now and then!
My schedule can change at a moment's notice since I pick up shifts and get called in. I usually have 2-3 shifts per week on my schedule (math - leaves 4-5 days for exercise). This means that if I pick up more than one or two shifts in a week (last week I picked up three and a half 7-2-3.5=1.5!)) then I won't get the exercise in that I need. I'm worried my plan will get derailed completely if that happens too many times.
I guess what I really need is a mental strategy to forgive those missed workouts and move on. I need to work out a way to deal with the fact that I can't count on 'streaking' as a means to set my exercise pattern; ditch the 'all or nothing' mentality.
I guess it also means that I have to treat every workout as if it's the only one I have time for this week - really make every one count and not 'phone it in.' Don't skip one because I may miss one later. NOW is the time. Ok, I think I've got it...
Ok, off into the world.