Do you make time for yourself?


Birthdays often cause us to reflect on our lives. Having just celebrated a birthday, I found myself doing just that, looking back at the past year. While it was truly a wonderful year full of so many blessings, I found myself wondering if I had ever stopped and gave myself time to breath.

Transitioning from a job in corporate America to one where I set my own schedule, has allowed me to do so more things with my friends, at church and at my son’s school. There are pros and cons to that. I love the flexibility, but it leads me to over-commit. I end up cramming so much into the day, that I am practically filling every hour with something. I have a hard time saying ‘no’ when people invite me to social or volunteer activities. Between my work responsibilities, volunteer opportunities, social activities, personal fitness and my family, I find that I am not allowing myself any ‘me time’.

To be honest, the first thing to go when I am strapped for time, is my own workout. This really needs to be in my top 3 to keep every day, family, faith (my own spiritual growth) and fitness. This week, my son is in a karate camp. Due to his drop off and pick up times, it has limited my availability. It’s also my ‘off’ week for teaching my evening boot camp.  I suddenly find myself with wide open windows of time on my calendar! It’s a great opportunity to plan my week, get back into my routine of eating properly and exercising regularly. I do so much better when I have a planned routine. I really can’t believe how little I have been focusing on my diet and exercise. Well, my tight pants remind me every day. It’s time to get back to it!  I have had some health challenges this past couple of weeks, likely due to my crazy schedule. This will require me to ease back into my fitness routine. I will plan for walks or bike rides until I am feeling better, then will increase the intensity.

Many people look at the start of the calendar year to make changes. I have not ever been one to make resolutions, as I think they can be a let down. However,  I am going to use the first week of my 48th year to focus on getting back to a healthier me.  It will get challenging as each week passes, but I will plan my meals, schedule my workouts and scale back on other commitments, as needed. It’s time for a change!

So my friends, if you are finding yourself in a similar situation, please take the time to step back and reevaluate. Make your diet, exercise and sleep a priority. Take care of your body, it’s the only one you have!


Jennifer Alameda is a working wife and mother with a passion for fitness.

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