Schedule It – Weekly Weigh In

Tonight’s Weight Watcher’s meeting was a good one for me for a few reasons:

1.  I lost 2.4 pounds for a total of 91.8.  I am inching closer back to my lowest I have ever been and can’t wait to reach a total of 95 pounds down in the next few weeks!

2.  We talked about scheduling – Something I love to do!

3.  I saw an amazing woman reach lifetime that has actually been doing the program longer than me!  I was just complaining to my mom earlier today that I think it has taken me the longest to reach goal of anyone else (I have been there 3 years in January).  Well, tonight, Rachel reached lifetime after 4 1/2 years!  Awesome job, Rachel!  You are an inspiration!

For those of you who know me, you know I am a planner.  I can be very type A when it comes to planning.  I like to know what I am doing, when, and how.  I have a Google calendar with my daily events (to the hour) that emails me my schedule every morning.  Yep, I wasn’t lying when I said I am a planner.  I know when I will have extra time and when I do have extra time, I know what I am going to do with that time.  That’s just how I roll!

Someone who is busier than you is running right now.

Tonight’s meeting was about just that – Scheduling time for YOU.  Scheduling time for your workouts, your meal planning, grocery shopping, and tracking your Points Plus.  The biggest topic of discussion was exercise.  So many people use the excuse “I don’t have time to exercise!”  So, we brainstormed ways to get in the extra time to workout and take time for YOU.

You must schedule it.  Put it on the calendar and give yourself a time each day that you are going to do it.  For me, I have a time each day that fits around my schedule.  That way, when that time comes, I think about it and obsess about it until I get up and do it.  If it is 7:00 p.m. that I said I was going to work out, when 7:00 comes around, I better get up and do it or I am going to feel really guilty.  There is something mental about scheduling a time and verbalizing it either to another person or in your head.

The biggest exercise Ah-Ha was when my leader said that she is reading a book that currently recommends 10 minutes a day.  Ten minutes a day, I have that!  Who doesn’t?  We sit around 10 minutes waiting for the coffee to brew, waiting at the bus stop, sitting in car pool line, standing in line at Wal-Mart, waiting on a friend to meet us for lunch, waiting on dinner to finish, and the list goes on and on and on.  Let’s face it, we all have ten minutes a day we could put in to exercise.

Now, the kicker is you have to put in 10 minutes EVERY day for three weeks.  There isn’t one day that goes by that you can miss those 10 minutes of exercise.  When choosing to do this, I think a few things happen:

  • You will probably go longer than the 10 minutes.  At 10 minutes, our bodies are warmed up, good endorphins start flowing, and we WANT to go more.
  • You will feel like a rock star when you go longer than 10 minutes, even if it is 12 minutes.  Something about achieving a goal, no matter how small, makes us feel like we can accomplish anything.
  • Doing the 10 minutes for three weeks will start a good habit that hopefully will continue when the three weeks are over!
So, if you are not currently working out, forget about my “Just an Hour” post and concentrate on 10 minutes a day.  We can all put in 10 minutes.  Schedule it and do it because YOU ARE WORTH IT!

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About Jennifer Swafford

Jennifer is an elementary school teacher who is trying to lose 100+ pounds. She has certainly learned how much It Sux To Be Fat and is here to motivate you to live a healthy lifestyle.