Schedule A Work Out

19 Feb


How are we doing?  Hopefully well and making some baby steps towards a healthier life style.  😀

How many times have I said that I don’t have time to exercise?  More than I can count that’s for sure.  How many times have YOU said you do not have time to exercise?

It’s easy to let life get in the way…. we have jobs, kids, families, meetings, cooking, cleaning, errands, shopping, phone calls, appointments, commitments, committees, events to support, bills to pay, lists to make, belongings to repair…

is it any wonder in today’s world of over committing that we land in the evening at home, exhausted in front of our lap tops or the tv and can not even imagine putting on your running shoes and taking a walk around the block to unwind or a quick jog, or hit the gym for 30 minutes?


Well… that is exactly what I am going to ask you to do. 

Close your eyes for a minute.

Ok open them, that will not work because you can not read what I am writing.  LATER, after you have read this… take a minute and imagine yourself 3 months from now.  How do you look?  How do you feel?  In this vision, are you stronger?  Healthier?  More sure of yourself?  Are goals that you made to yourself being reached?

If not, why not?

Ir is hard to make a lifestyle change, but if it were easy, we would all be super fit and strong and running or biking to work instead of driving. 😀  YOU are the only one that make the changes in YOU.

Today, look at your agenda book or phone, or wherever you keep your calendar.  I am asking you to commit to scheduling time to work out.  You can find the time… trust me.  It may involve getting up before everyone else and taking 20 minutes to yourself to walk or jog.  It may be a quick commitment between work and picking up kids, and yes, it may even be after dinner when you like to just hang out with everyone,

HOWEVER – making this time for YOU will make you a better version of YOU.  Exercise relieves stress.  You will come back more relaxed and able to handle whatever is next.  Your family will notice the changes, and think of the good habits you will be showing your kids – that taking time to take care of yourself is important. 

Personal Note:  This past week I have been getting back to the gym and I have forgotten how good that feels.  I put in my ear buds – listen to some rocking music and before I know it, 30 minutes has gone by.  This past week I have spent some time on the elliptical and the treadmill.  Tonight on my agenda is Group Power (weight lifting to music)

Dont read this and make excuses of why I have time and you do not.  It’s not true.  YOU can do this.  Maybe it’s not the gym, but maybe it is a work out dvd, or jumping rope in your home, or walking up and down the stairs to a set number of reps. 

Schedule it – don’t cancel on YOU. 😀

How are you doing this week?  How are the 12K Challenge peeps doing?  I would love to hear from you and where you are at with your goals and where you are fitting in time to work out. 


I am linking today to Joy’s Reader workout where she shares work out tips and whats happening in the life of those who read… and work out:



11 Responses to “Schedule A Work Out”

  1. joyweesemoll February 19, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

    For my 12K challenge I’m doing a HIIT workout once a week on the treadmill. Starting with 1K of HIIT in the middle of a 3K walk. Today will be my third time and I’m looking forward to it! How cool is that?

  2. Leeswammes February 19, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

    I walked to a friend’s house yesterday – had tea and biscuits and walked back. Just over 3 miles, 5 kilometers, just what I wanted! Have to try and schedule another of those this week and then one or 2 shorter ones. TRY, I say! Hah! Please don’t hurt me, Sheila. I mean I WILL schedule those in.

    Thanks for the reminder post.

    • Sheila (Book Journey) February 20, 2013 at 11:01 pm #

      Nice job Judith! What a great idea.. when the option to walk is available… take it 😀
      Oh and I laughed… I will not hurt you 😛 Everyone’s goals are personal my only request is that we try to reach them (whatever they may be). 😀

  3. Crystal @ I Totally Paused February 19, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

    For close to a year now, I’ve been scheduling workout time on my google calendar for exactly this reason. It pops up every day to remind me, and when I go to schedule something, I see it in there and I have to make a conscious decision about whether or not to schedule that new thing, or see if maybe it can be bumped to a different slot later in the evening.

    I’m not going to lie, I’ve missed workouts that are scheduled, cuz sometimes you just can’t move something. But it does help to remind me that even if I couldn’t make it to the gym for an hour of cardio, at least I can do some strength training or something else while I’m watching TV, or cleaning up after dinner.

    • Sheila (Book Journey) February 20, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

      That is great Crystal! This week I have been driving to the gym as soon as I am off work… everything I need is in the car and even if I only have 30 minutes…. I am doing something positive for me 😀

  4. Vicki February 19, 2013 at 10:16 pm #

    I have an all or nothing personality. I’m either in 100% or out 100%. I have to work out when I first wake up. If I don’t, I get busy with something and leads to something else and that leads to…. you get the idea.

    I’m going to have my son help me rearrange my home gym so that it’s easier for me to get around everything and still see the tv and have an area to do my strength training, Qi Gong etc.

    As far as the 12K Challenge, I’m doing pretty good. A death in my husband’s family threw me off my exercise routine, but I plan to get back on track asap.

    • Sheila (Book Journey) February 20, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

      Vicki I have that personality too… I wish I didn’t , sometimes it is a pain because if I goof up (say, food wise) on any given day, I decide to take that day off and keep going with the poor eating to get it out of my system. Thankfully…. as we get going here, those days are fewer and fewer 😀

  5. Sopphey February 20, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

    *Salutes* I love your tone in this post. My newest goal is to add supplemental work out times to my daily walks. This usually involves a half hour of Gi Gong or some Just Dance on the Wii. But, l’m finding it hard to negotiate my brain into doing extra. So my goal this week is to win with my extra workouts. I’m opting for doing them in the morning (and it will work!).

    • Sheila (Book Journey) February 20, 2013 at 11:04 pm #

      Awesome! And welcome! I like hearing your goals! The wii is a great way to get in a work out and have fun at the same time. 😀 Good for you – and good luck with your goals 😀

  6. Alysia ~ (@lilpocketbooks) February 22, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

    Great post! I have to say that I am rocking my workout and I think I need to find a happy medium so I won’t get burn out. Thanks for the great post.

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