Make The Time

 I am going to start this off by saying I have been pondering a post like this for quite a while. I have finally been able to put into words the thoughts that have been in my head thanks to some awesome peeps I am lucky to have in my life. We are all busy. We all have a million things going on, and it seems to never end. Well, that is problem 1 right there. Our lives our too busy and we don’t give ourselves “me” time. And we wonder why we’re stressed as F***. I love how people think multitasking is a great qualify to have. I can say with 100% certainty when you have to constantly multitask, especially in a fast paced environment things get missed, your quality of work suffers, and most importantly the stress of your busy life really takes a toll on your health. Which is why we  MUST make our health, our bodies, our well-being priority numero uno.

Oh, you say you don’t have the time??

I’ve heard this more times than, honestly, I give a shit to hear. Even when I had a job that I had to commute to (by commute I mean 20 min there and back…which adds up in a day) I would often be there 10+ hours a day and I rarely took breaks, I was still training for races and going to Kaia. Then I added on a part time job as a health & wellness consultant. Still training. Then I added on another part time job as a coach at Kaia FIT. Still had time to train. How? Getting up at 4am. Running when I could fit it in. Going to bed early on Friday nights & weekends and getting up early to train….

I now work from home, so I admit it is easier for me. But I am still coaching, working as a consultant, doing personal training, going to Kaia & lifting classes, running 50+/- miles a week, I am an ambassador for ZOOMA Napa Valley , SLO Marathon , OC Marathon , Feetures! Socks , and Sacramento Running Association . All of those things take up my time but I do them all and LOVE every second of it!

I am often up and out training before the sun is up.

Hill repeats on Friday SLO/McMillan Training – Hill Repeats by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

This morning I ran, went to Power Hour at Kaia, had a coaches training session on lifting then met up with a friend for lunch. And I still have more to do. It really is all about prioritizing your time.

I am loving learning new skills! I have recently taken on lifting to assist in my running and to become stronger overall.

 

Tips to prepare for a busy day:

1. Prepare your food for the day before.

2. Have what you are going to wear ready to go.

3. Set your alarm 10-15 minutes before you need to get up, because let’s be honest, everyone hits snooze at least once.

4. Look up the shortest route to get to where you are going. You may always go a certain way and think that is good, but you may be surprised to find a shorter route. This happened to me recently.

5. Get a friend to help hold you accountable. Meet up to workout together.

6. Post it on social media. We all know I am a little obsessed with social media sites, but putting your intentions out there make it harder for you to skip out on training.

I have my food ready, clothes out and shoes right by the door so I don’t have to go searching.

Finally there is the cost. I train A LOT. I am buying new running shoes every 4 months or so. I workout at 2 different gyms, and I would like to get back into yoga. All of that really adds up. Well, you can’t use that as an excuse either. Sacramento, in case you didn’t know we just got ClassPass. $79 for unlimited classes at multiple places. Everything from yoga, cycling, boot camp and ball room dancing is available for only $79/month. That is awesome!

And don’t forget Sacramento (and cities all over the country – NP) have many free fitness group/classes. The SRA has free weekly community runs, so does Sloppy Moose RC, Running Babes of Sacramento , Cap Tappers …I’m sure there are many more out there. Solfire Yoga offers $5 Fridays and a free Sunday class. BodyTribe Fitness has workshops & classes that are very affordable. Some classes are even offered on a sliding scale. 9run6 offers free trainings on Wednesday and Friday. See, there really is no excuse. Hell, ask your boss to look into a cooperate wellness plan. And if they don’t want to contribute to your health maybe you should look for another place to work…just kidding. Kinda 😉

My point? Yeah, I know it isn’t easy. And for those of you that have kids & are still making the time to train I have so much respect for you! Training should be apart of your life, and when I say training I don’t mean you have to be training for an event (but that is a great goal). I mean train for life. Get up and move. Be active. It’s what we were meant to do.

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11 thoughts on “Make The Time

  1. Great post! Being in the military, I also get pressed pretty hard for time. One thing that has helped is making a prioritized list of things to do while I eat breakfast and I allow myself a maximum of 7 tasks. Works great and takes the pressure of time off of me.

  2. Having kids definitely limits how much you can train, when you can train and sometimes how you train but I couldn’t agree more with what you’ve said! Plus it’s important to be a good example to the younger generation about health and fitness. The other day I caught my 18 month old daughter trying to do her version of a burpee and I couldn’t have been more proud!

    • Melissa, you’re the perfect example of how it is possible to make your health a priority while having kids and being busy.

  3. It is hard to find time (I say this despite your not giving a shit to hear it! 🙂 It is hard, but doable. As a mom of 3 young kids (and one 7 month old), it’s truly hard because they demand so much of your time outside of the 8-5 M-F work days. BUT, I manage to run WITH them (the older ones on bikes and the baby in the jogging stroller) and I do make it a priority. There’s no waking up at 4 am to run/workout when you have a baby that doesn’t have a set sleep schedule yet…And before daylight savings it was harder but now that we have more light, it’s getting easier because there is at least a half hour to squeeze in a 2-3 mile run with the kids after work. So, I’ll say it again, it is hard, but doable. You are 100% correct in that it needs to be a priority. And there is always a way to workout, even if it’s not doing exactly what you planned/wanted to do (i.e., pop in a workout video or do some yoga if it’s storming out and the kids are sick).

    Nice post!

    • Jen you are one of the people that inspire me! You have kids but are still able to make time. I really mean it when I say people with kids that are active and make time to exercise get a ton of respect from me. I don’t know how they do it but they do.

      What drives me crazy is people saying they don’t have time and don’t do anything about it. There’s always time. Even if it’s 30 minutes 3 times a week.
      Keep it up!

      Ps are you doing the SacTown race?

  4. I think I mentioned this to you before, but “making time” has been a conversation that has been going around my group of friends a lot lately. I, too, have used the excuse that I don’t have time to workout before, but the truth is, I was just too damn lazy to do it (and still am at times, I’ll admit it). But, I’m so happy to say that through all the talking with my friends and giving them encouragement that if they keep saying they will start tomorrow, tomorrow will never come…two of them “made time” and started running!!!:)
    Point is, I agree. We are all busy, we all have things going on. 30 minutes is not a lot….its doable without a doubt!

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