Your day should look like this: work/school, burning calories, family time, sleep, everything else. Of course, you don’t really need to burn extra calories outside of work if you’re a construction worker, roofer, or have some other labor intensive job, but you probably have a comfy office chair to greet you every morning.
More than likely, if you’re anything like I was at 344 pounds, you burn minimal calories at work, then go home, snack, watch a little television, hang out with family, go out to dinner with friends once or twice a week, head to the movies, etc.
Even as you start your weight loss journey or try to keep it going, you’ll find it hard to “squeeze” the gym into your schedule. That’s the wrong way to look at it. What you need to do is squeeze everything else around the gym.
Up above, when I listed daily tasks in order of priority, I put burning calories in front of family time. That’s not saying I would skip my daughter’s soccer game or a friend’s birthday party to go do an elliptical workout at the gym, but what it means is that I would wake up at 4:30 in the morning, while my wife and daughter are still asleep, and go to the gym. And that’s what I do, every day, Monday through Friday.
I get back to the house just as as they’re waking up for the day.
Everyone has time to burn calories. You may not have the means or the time to go to the gym to bur calories, but you have the money (free!) and the time (5 minutes) to find a place in your house to do as many jumping jacks as you can. You have the time and the ability to stand up in your living room during commercials of American Idol and dance with your kids. I dance with my daughter all the time.
She’s a terrible dancer though, but she’s two, so I cut her slack.
Make burning calories something you day every day without fail before anything else outside of work and/or school is done. Even if you have to leave your family and friends for 30 minutes a day to go to the gym, it’s worth it, especially if you were as overweight as I was. By going to the gym and missing out on a little bit of family time (when I went to the gym at night), I added countless years to my life. I’m going to see my daughter get married, something that wasn’t likely just two years ago.
I guess if you think of it that way, I actually made my family the priority instead.