I Do Not Have Time

Exercising and finding the time to do it

“I do not have time to exercise.”

Time. It is probably the biggest reason people give to resist anything, especially unpleasant things. Most people who use this excuse for losing weight or getting into shape are most guilty.

But if anyone can use this excuse and get away with it, they are parents. The minute they wake up, they have responsibilities. The children are right there and they need breakfast. Moms need to help Dads get out the door to work, and Dads need to make the pot of coffee for Mom. (Well, that’s me.)

Point is, time is limited.

I say if you only have a small amount of time to exercise, then at least use that. Find what fits for you.

But here is where there is no excuse: “I have NO time.” Therefore, you reason, you’re going to whither away, gain weight, and feel generally awful all the time. Come on, now, there are so many options open to you. Even if you have just 15 to 20 minutes to exercise, you can do it. How about deep muscle exercise? You can stand in your kitchen and do some of these or on the living room rug. Find a 15-minute workout videos or something.

It is all about making up your mind and doing it. That’s one of the themes in my book Love in a Diet, and it is a motto in our family. You can do it!

About Wendy Jeub

Yes, Wendy Jeub has brought 16 children into the world, and loves each and every one of them. So much so, she'd welcome more!

  • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

    I love my dear wife. This post was written for me, don’t be fooled. 😉  She’s proud of me, though. I jogged 2 miles this morning.

  • Jennifer Mull

    Hey Wendy, I actually got up early this morning around 6:30am and went for a walk at 7:30am…. for a whole 45min!! Not sure if it is 1 or 2 miles, but I’ve walked almost everyday this past week… walked twice yesterday… my husband and I went out to eat for our 24th wedding anniversary, and instead of eating dessert, I asked him if we could go hike trails at a local park. LOL! Too bad I was wearing sandals… but we had a great time! A friend of mine signed me up for walking a 5k this weekend, and I am actually looking forward to it. :-)

    • http://jeubfamily.com Wendy Jeub

      Great Job ! Keep up your good work. Have more good days then bad and do not stop. (Hugs)

  • Lori Quiggle

    On bedrest with pneumonia at 35 weeks, and I’m really missing my daily walks with the dog.  Even though it isn’t vigorous exercise, I still don’t feel like myself without being able to get out there and stretch my legs for a half hour every day!

  • Kkies_76

    I’ve been in an non-exercised induced coma for about 20 yrs now.  I know what I need, but can’t get motivated.  And it shows.  I need for my oldest daughter and her children to move out and get their own place and completely care for themselves.  I need for my my hubby and last two teen children to get to have our last few “child” years to be with just us.  Not kids wanting to move back in with their’s in tow.  Even when I have a few moments by myself, it’s like I want to relax with the computer, a book, a shower, sitting on the porch swing enjoying the summer evening.  Maybe playing a game with the teen daughters.  It’s just hard to motivate to even take a walk, or spend time with my own thoughts.  Does anyone else feel this way?  I’m 53 with 6 grown children, and two still at home.  I’m loving these days.  I loved it when they were all home, but life is about changes when the kids grow up and move out and begin their own lives and careers.  We are all close, but seems like most of them just want me or the teen girls to baby sit all the time.  We say no most of the time.  They need to hire sitters or work things around so they don’t need one.  I don’t mind an occassional time, just not regular time.  So, life does change, but I need to make changes that also benefit ME.  And hopefully the rest will just fall into place.  Once the weight comes on, it just keeps on coming until your miserable and wonder how it happened in the first place.  Sometimes we’ve thought about moving far away, just to be able to breathe and do things OUR way.  Start over in a way.