Time-poor not just an excuse?

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    Mar 16, 2010 8:22 AM GMT
    Just wondering how many people find the challenge of having enough time with compromising health/work/study to reach their fitness goals and manage their own lives.

    I find starting at 5.15am for a short work-out, then breakfast on the way to work, hell busy days to get home in the evenings with enough time to cook a decent meal, tidy up, get some study done (as Masters student PT), and hit the sack to do it all over- it doesn't leave me a lot of time for a decent fitness/eating program.

    Weekends aren't much better re time. But if I am real amitious I try to organise myself for the week to make my time at home more efficient to fit extra fitness or better meals in.

    Whilst I thrive under pressure, it really feels that time gets away from me! Anyone have particular methods to combat this?
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    Mar 16, 2010 8:27 AM GMT
    Or maybe I'm doing too much and poorly focused. But either way, will need some sort of prioritisation plan icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 16, 2010 2:49 PM GMT
    I think most folks will accept that when you are in school, personal fitness time isn't going to be the priority. It's clear you've set yourself some great targets, so maybe the best way to approach this is to put off hedonistic vanity for a while (hey, nothing against it, I am a disciple myself) until you've finished.

    Now, eating right and acting right you can do all the time, but when in conflict with the Big Things of Life, sometimes it's wisdom is more important.
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    Mar 16, 2010 4:55 PM GMT
    I am right there with you on that note. I work 40 hours plus, go to school full(also getting my Master's) and trying to workout as well.

    It's rough, but does work. Plus, I play softball on a team as well.
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    Mar 16, 2010 5:07 PM GMT
    Your priorities seem right to me.
    The thing about school is it is going to take up a finite amount of your time, get in whatever workouts you can, when you can and eat right so when your time frees up you are all the closer to being where you want to be.

    I think it's amazing that you are challenging yourself and so aggressively pursuing your goals, I really admire your focus. Hang in there, all your hard work will pay off in spades and will be well worth it.
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    Mar 16, 2010 5:12 PM GMT
    shyshortguy saidI think most folks will accept that when you are in school, personal fitness time isn't going to be the priority. .


    I agree...but somehow i felt that it was only in the school days that you get time out to work on your fitness routines... work place pressures do not permit the luxury of working out as regularly as you can where as in school it is more liberal (save at the time of your exams!) you get more time to relax, enjoy and work out!
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    Mar 16, 2010 5:23 PM GMT
    AussieBody saidOr maybe I'm doing too much and poorly focused. But either way, will need some sort of prioritisation plan icon_smile.gif


    You are the only one who can set your priorities. Only one thing can be number 1 on the list.

    Trying to maintain a fit lifestyle while in school isn't impossible, maybe you should save the major goals until you're out of school.
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    Mar 16, 2010 7:58 PM GMT
    Thanks guys, helps to hear all of that.

    I've three more years of this ahead so don't want to be putting off until then.

    However I will try to find a smarter way. Heading off to Miami for bit under a month which I now think will be all about fitness (and one assessment) which will allow me to recharge anf focus.

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    Mar 16, 2010 8:32 PM GMT
    maybe create a program that involves minimal time/equipment? trx?
    meal planning is time management. i hate cooking and usually go shopping every day or two to buy food. spend some time getting into a no brainer routine so you can focus on your school. good for you by the wayicon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 17, 2010 12:40 AM GMT
    I agree. Time management is a beast for me, too.

    Carving out time for lifting can be almost impossible if your schedule is packed with other things. But I've found that if I need to study/do paperwork, I can combine that with light cardio to avoid gaining fat.

    Sometimes I can read on the treadmill or exercise bike. So that I'm at least burning a respectable number of calories for those 40-45 minutes, while still being productive.

    I'm very close to breaking down and putting some weird contraption like this in my home office.

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    Mar 17, 2010 6:52 AM GMT
    Lol, you might have a market there as soon as they develop for home use the monitors that can be controlled with eye movements.

    I guess I will just have to struggle on and make gains where I can.

    Cutting out alcohol completely definitely has helped though. Just those damn early nights eluding me!
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    Mar 17, 2010 7:11 AM GMT
    You can hold you body together and even make gains on three 1 hour work outs a week.. hell, you can do it on three 45 min work outs. Go whole body, intense, super set or circuit and it has a CV effect. You won´t turn into Mr World by accident, but you can certainly improve that way. It doesn´t have to be 2 hours, 6 days a week.

    Eat well, sleep.
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    Mar 17, 2010 7:19 AM GMT
    Stephan saidI am right there with you on that note. I work 40 hours plus, go to school full(also getting my Master's) and trying to workout as well.

    It's rough, but does work. Plus, I play softball on a team as well.
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    Thats such a relief to hear people doing the same craziness I am. I work 2 jobs (full time) friday, saturday, sunday. I go to school full time mon-thurs working towards engineering degree. I'm on the swim team. And I make it to the gym 5 days a week. I don't get free time and this Friday is my first day in 4 weeks with NOTHING! No work, school, workouts, swimming. I don't know how I will take it! I'll probably be bored. I'm planning things to do, but if my friends fall thru I'll be on realjock. icon_neutral.gif
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    Mar 18, 2010 6:38 PM GMT
    Make an inventory of how you spend your time. Go through the inventory and cut out extraneous activities. I'd bet you serious cash that you can find a way to squeeze it in and make it work.