Losing weight, getting fit, again

For the last five or so years, I’ve wanted to lose weight.  I’ve written about it here a lot.  I’ve made it a New Year’s Resolution many times.  And many times, I’ve failed to lose weight.  I’ve fallen off the exercise/diet wagon.  I was lamenting not having time to exercise to someone last night, and they said, “You have to make time for it.”  Which I know.  And I can’t decide where to make time.  Morning seems out unless I get up 1/2 hour earlier, which I don’t see happening.  I have a hard enough time with the crack of dawn hour I get up at now.  Last year, I did get home at a semi-reasonable hour most days–by 4 or 4:30, which allowed time for a walk or something and which I honestly did every once in a while.  But now I’m running an after-school program and I sometimes don’t get home until 6.  On my best days, I’m home at 5:15.  My inclination when I get home is not to jump into an exercise routine, but have a glass of wine, chat with husband and start dinner.

My other issue is what kind of exercise to do.  Walking is fine and dandy, but it’s working the same muscle groups and probably not doing anything to work off inches where I want, namely, my butt and thighs. Also, I get wimpy about cold weather.  I’d like to do some yoga again, but feel the need to take a class, which costs money.  Maybe I just need to bite the bullet and do that.  I have a friend who runs a yoga studio and I think I should look into that.

So, I keep seeing this series of decisions I can’t seem to make and failing.  I’m inclined to at least give it a try.  Mornings are out, evenings are in, and dammit, I’m going to call my friend with the yoga place.  I’ll let you know how it works out.


4 Replies to “Losing weight, getting fit, again”

  1. I have a very similar conversation with myself–I think part of the trouble is, I haven’t found a way of exercising that I LIKE, so I’m even less motivated to keep doing it. But of course, the other problem is the schedule crunch and the energy crunch–whenever I can find the time, I’ve got no energy to burn.

    I keep thinking a dance-style workout might be good for me, so I’m going to try and find one this spring. I also keep thinking it will be easier once my husband is out of law school, but part of me thinks that’s just an excuse….wishing you luck!

  2. The deep freeze has hit and with it comes a massive desire NOT to have to walk the dogs for my exercise. Alas, that’s my only regular exercise option but I can work it in several afternoons not too late so I will just suck it up.

    A friend t the U has taken to walking her lunch hour four days out of five – it works for her schedule but not so much for mine. Finding what will work for your desire and availability seems to be key so I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you!

  3. Finding something I liked was half the battle for me, when I lost a bunch of weight a year ago. But then I went back to school, and TIME became a big problem, so I’ve plateaued. Which isn’t bad (I didn’t regress) but .. you know, it’s just really hard to find time when you’re busy. I think acknowledging that is important.

    I hope the yoga goes well. I keep wanting to do it — my poor muscles would thank me, I’m sure.

  4. If you are pressed for time, three or four CrossFit sessions a week might be something to try. The workouts are generally quite short (under 30 minutes) and while they are extremely intense, the results are like nothing I’ve ever seen…and I’ve been a runner for years.

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