Alive & Kicking: Fitting in Time for Activity

More energy! More vitality! That’s the stuff that inspires a weight loss journey. Chances are good, you’ve read the phrase, “living my best life” What does that really mean? I looked it up on Google, and it’s meant to convey feeling happy and reaching one’s full potential. Well, how do we aspire to that in the day-to-day?

When I got home from work today I feel defeated and deflated. I was tired and cranky because it was a long day at school, a long commute home, and the day wasn’t even done yet. I still had so much to do! I have to: make dinner, clean up, and then lunch for tomorrow. Dear reader, in my mind’s eye, I imagine you nodding your head sympathetically, in solemn agreement. Fitting in time for an activity can be hard for some of us, but I’m here to tell you it’s not impossible. Begin by answering these three questions:

  1. What is an activity you enjoy? If you don’t like it you won’t do it.
  2. Thinking about your current lifestyle, how much time can you devote to activity? Be specific and realistic about accommodating your current schedule.
  3. What do you want to get out of this activity? Having an expectation helps reinforce engagement.

This is my reflection and how I settled on how to fit activity into my life:

  1. I really enjoy Spinning. I will do that because it’s rewarding to me.
  2. I own a Peloton, so I can do this activity daily. I can spend anywhere from 10 minutes to 45 minutes doing it. If it’s a work day I might spend 20 minutes or maybe 15 if I want to do it before leaving for work. If it’s the weekend I might spend 30 to 45 minutes doing it depending on the plans for the day. I will stagger how long I spend doing it based on what’s happening.
  3. I expect to feel physically good afterward, satisfied with my effort, and mentally calm (either burning off stress or gathering energy for what’s next).

If you really want to fit more activity into your day, give this a try. Being physical, and getting out of your head can be a real relief. I feel completely different now than I did when I came from work. Now I’m ready to keep going; so… are you ready? Let’s do this.

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