Creating time to train in my schedule

One look at my Google Calendar was enough to elicit a big sigh. It’s one of those days with endless meetings, phone calls and deadlines. It’s one of those jam-packed schedules that causes me to become anxious in anticipation of the day and wish I had an assistant or at least lived in an apartment with a dishwasher.

So I had to make a choice: How would I get my workouts in today? I decided on a super-early morning spin class followed by my 6-mile run on the treadmill at the gym. It was the best fit for my schedule and offers me the possibility of nap in the early afternoon, between the meetings and interviews and the deadlines and presentations.

While I’m a morning person, waking up with my 4:45 a.m. alarm isn’t easy. But I do it. Because I know I will feel better once I’m moving. I know that spin class and running will ground me for the day. It will give me energy and peace — a foundation upon which to create my day. It’s very metaphorical at this time of day, a bit outside the conventional box. I like, or else I wouldn’t do it.

Exercise and training is important to me and so I anchor my day around it. I could look at my latest schedule as making sacrifices. I could frame it that I sacrificed sleep or time with my family and friends. But I look at is as a choice. This is what I choose to do and it’s important to me. It not only makes me happy, but puts me in a place where I am strong and comfortable and confident. From this place, I can be a better co-worker, friend, girlfriend, daughter, sister, etc. There’s a popular sentiment that you can’t give away what you don’t have. And if I don’t create my own health and happiness, there’s not much of me to give in the first place.

I thought about this after reading a blog post from Jenny Evans of Powerhouse Performance Coaching. She recently wrote about the myth of “spare time” particularly as it relates to exercise:

Are you ever really “done” with your to-do list? Think back to the last time you had extra time on your hands….when was it?

What would happen if you anchored your day around your workouts? If you looked at your calendar for tomorrow, figured out the best time to exercise (even if it’s only for a few minutes), wrote it in, made it the priority it is, and then scheduled everything else around it?

I thought about what has shifted for me since I’ve anchored my schedule around my workouts. I’m happier and healthier. I have more confidence. I actually get more done. So today might be a terribly long day. I may have chosen to make it longer by getting up butt-early for an early morning visit to the gym. But I already feel infinitely better that I took that time for myself. I already feel productive and the day has just begun. I’d say that I made a pretty good choice.

Post-script: Yesterday I wrote about my co-worker and friend Allen Wilson who is battling leukemia. He received some bad news yesterday when they discovered his brother was no longer in a position to be a bone marrow donor. This is a blow to his treatment and recovery. Prayers, positive thoughts or karma points are greatly appreciated.


0 Comments on “Creating time to train in my schedule

  1. Great post!

    First of all my thoughts and prayers for Allen are in motion. I wish him the best and hope he gets what he needs to battle leukemia.

    I TOTALLY anchor my to do list around my workouts. I know that I am a miserable person without working out…..Many people put it off on the to do list. It is all about shifting things around in your schedule….

    Get Up & Go

  2. I want to say that I truly appreciate this post. I recently went up to full time status at one of my jobs (I work 3 part time jobs and I’m a full time PhD Student) and today I realized that I haven’t worked out in 3 days and with my schedule tomorrow I won’t be able to get in a workout. I got very angry when I realized this because that means that the focus has been clouded and that I’ve forgotten about my “me” time. So, I’ve decided that no matter how tired I am when I get home from work tomorrow at 7pm, I will run a 5K at the gym after I finish my laundry. I’m hoping I can get it in but this schedule is becoming too much for me. Thankfully, it’s only a short-term problem. I need to get back that “me” time for now and restructure my day around my workouts. So thank you for making me stop and think about things. Also, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your friend, Allen. I hope he is able to find a donor soon.


    • Rebecca,

      Glad that this post helped. That’s quite a schedule you have! Good for you making yourself and your workout a priority. Remember this: Often even when we’re tired if we just start we find out we have a lot more in us that we realized! Also, know that when you go, whatever you get in is good! It all counts. Good luck!! And thanks so much for prayers for Allen. They’re much appreciated.


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