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Mission 41: Find Time For Weight Loss

When people fail at weight loss, it’s rarely because they don’t know what to do. It’s usually because they don’t do what they know they should do.

Duh, you say crossly. I’ve spent many missions taking action. I get it.

I know you do.

But sometimes, no matter how ready we feel to do stuff, we’re hamstrung by lack of time.

Now, you do have to give other things up in order to make time for weight loss, as we’ve talked about in Mission 2: Take A Reality Check.  And you also have to be hyper-vigilant against excuse-making, which we covered in Mission 17: Overcome Exercise Excuses.

But the truth is that most people are busy. I don’t know anyone who isn’t.

So it makes sense to find ways to be time-smart and save whatever hours we can each week– hours you can spend on exercisemeal planningincreasing your knowledgegetting more sleep, or writing in your log.

Really? you say, not so cross now. There are ways to do that?

Yep. And in this mission we’re going to learn them.

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3 thoughts on “Mission 41: Make Time For Weight Loss

  1. Terry Currie says:

    Our group decisions are: Write a list of your priorities in life: health; fitness; being happy; weight loss.
    Save Time At Home
    Make a list of the home tasks that take up most of your time: reading & writing; watching TV; eating meals; communicating with people; using the computer; video games; chores; taking care of your pets;
    taking care of your kids; marriage; shopping; relationships; school; volunteering; travel time to & from appointments; cooking; picking up after yourself
    Look for tasks you can simplify – microwave your meal [remember microwaves have radiation & are considered hazardous to your health; older pacemakers cannot be around microwaves]; grocery shop on a full stomach to eliminate junk food; only volunteer one or two days a week; spend 30 minutes a day doing your daily chores; one day a week cook casseroles; soups; chili; freeze in small containers & cook when ready to eat
    Set up automatic bill payment online use PayPal as it is a very secure bank owned by EBay?
    Can you reduce travel time by? No. We use public transportation, drive or rely on a government ride.
    Eliminate the following?
    TV shows those don’t entertain or edify you
    Magazines and newspapers that don’t contribute to your goals
    Shopping for things you don’t need Only shop when you need specific items
    Friendships based on complaining or gossip.
    Write out your priorities list/to do list & put in your pocket calendar.
    Create a roster for household tasks: Monday thru Friday. Some tasks would be: daily: kitchen & bathroom clean, making your bed, taking the trash out, pet care; weekly: vacuuming; dusting, sweeping, laundry. We feel Saturday is a free for you to create and Sunday is family/friend day/activity/grocery shopping.
    Hire domestic help: If you can afford it or are of senior age for senior services.
    You can read magazines & newspapers online. Only subscribe if it means something to you or if it’s a
    hobby related to what you do.
    Donate magazines you don’t use or read to art and crafts non-profits. But if you keep store in metal cabinet – these are flammable materials.

  2. Danielle Desjardins says:

    I have to say that the only thing I needed to do was to get domestic help. As I don’t enjoy vacuuming and dusting, I have someone who does it for me now. I am not working for now so I have plenty of time to do my walking and staying in shape. When, eventually, I do get another contract with work I will arrange my schedule to fit my exercise first thing in the morning and then go to work:)

  3. Terry Currie says:

    Find Time for Weight Loss: We say, “Do the best you can do and be open minded.”.

    But the truth is that most people are busy. I don’t know anyone who isn’t. We say, “Always be early never be late unless it is unforeseeable emergency or personal matter.”.

    So it makes sense to find ways to be time-smart and save whatever hours we can each week–-hours you can spend on exercising, meal planning, increasing your knowledge, getting more sleep, or writing in your log. We say, “More ME Time for hobby/craft, reading, meditating, and listening to music or quiet time.” “Pet therapy — a cat to keep you company and make you do chores.”.

    Clarify Your Priorities.
    1. Write a list of your priorities in life. We say, “Weight-loss/Healthy Diet; Church; Sanity; Happiness; Family/Extended Family Relationships and Attainable Goals.”.

    3. Practice saying no to the requests and invitations that don’t accord with your priorities.
    We say, “There will be times that you have to say no in a pleasant voice.”.
    1. I’m sorry I’m already committed.
    2. If it doesn’t interest you say NO in a nice way.
    3. Learn to say NO to unhealthy food/snacks.
    4. Learn to say NO to people borrowing money. Especially relatives as they do not pay you back.
    5. An invitation that you do not want to attend or will not attend say NO in a nice voice.
    6. Tele Marketing/Organizations that call you to raise money learn to say NO.”.

    Save Time At Work. We are adding Home/Volunteering.

    Save Time At Home: Do this exercise.
    1. Make a list of the home tasks that take up most of your time. We say, “COOK SIMPLE MEALS FOR YOURSELF OR MOTHER COOKS FOR ME.

    CLEAN KITCHEN, BATHROOM, BEDROOM, LIVING ROOM — MOPPING, DUSTING, WASHING DISHES; PERSONAL GROOMING; LAUNDRY; DISPOSE OF TRASH; SORTING ITEMS FOR THROW AWAY AND DECLUTTERING; AUTOMATIC BILL PAYMENT USING PAYPAL.”.

    Make Better Use of Travel Time: ELIMINATE PEAK TRAVEL TIMES WHENEVER POSSIBLE, i, e, Get some rest during the day and travel overnight to avoid heavy traffic.

    Cut Out Unsatisfying Activities: Committees you don’t need to serve on. We say, “DO NOT SAY YES TO SERVE ON A COMMITTEE, IF YOU KNOW YOU WILL NOT ATTEND! ONLY WATCH TV SHOWS THAT ARE OF INTEREST TO YOU.”.

    Magazines and newspapers that don’t contribute to your goals. We say, “SAVE MONEY BY READING MAGAZINE AND NEWSPAPERS ONLINE THAT ARE OF INTEREST TO YOU AND YOUR GOALS. ONLY PURCHASE MAGAZINES IF IT PERTAINS TO YOUR HOBBY, CAREER OR VOLUNTEERING – WHEREVER POSSIBLE USE E-BOOKS.”.

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