26 June, 2013

Managing Time for Weight Loss

“Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you.” –John De Paola

When was the last time you excused yourself from something important because you were “too busy?” If you are like most people, you can think of an occasion within the past week when this happened. Busyness is more than a packed schedule; it can be a debilitating mindset. If we aren’t busy, we may feel like we aren’t doing enough. Saying you are too busy for something reasserts your priorities, making it clear that you have way too much going on in your life to fit in whatever was just asked of you.

The problem is that all too often the things getting pushed off in the name of busyness are the very tasks that we should be prioritizing.

After weight loss surgery, do your best not to let healthy habits fall by the wayside as a result of busyness. Once you have sleeve gastrectomy or gastric band surgery, you have to maintain your commitment to a healthier lifestyle.

This means finding time for a number of things like:

  • Planning healthy meals for you and your family
  • Exercising every day
  • Getting eight hours of sleep every night
  • Managing stress levels to keep a good attitude for weight loss

Fitting these healthy habits into your lifestyle takes work. Instead of throwing these new commitments on top of your existing schedule, try taking a step back and evaluating what takes up the most time in your life right now. Ultimately, the things you commit the most time to every day should be the biggest priorities in your life.

Here are a few time management tips to help you add healthy habits to your lifestyle without succumbing to busyness:

  • Create time slots. Don’t just write a list—allocate specific periods of time to get tasks done. This will help you stay on track of your responsibilities and ensure that you use every moment efficiently.
  • Schedule in “you” time. Time to relax, work out and unwind should be penciled in on your calendar. Because these habits will help prevent fatigue and mental burnout, they should remain priorities.
  • Delegate tasks. As you look at all that needs to be done, ask yourself what needs to be done by you. Consider asking for help where you need it.
  • Learn how to say “no.” Don’t take on any extra tasks that you don’t need. Doing favors is a kind gesture, but if you really don’t have time to do one without it affecting your weight loss habits, then say no.

There are all sorts of convenient tools available to you to help you manage your time. Download a calendar or to-do list app on your smartphone or tablet and let it keep track of what you have to do. Keep a notebook on your desk at workout or in your car to jot down reminders as they cross your mind. Strategies like these can help you stay organized as you continue on your weight loss journey.