Make A Date … With Yourself!

Do you ever feel that what you want to be do gets pushed aside for things that you need to do? Kids, work, chores, relationships, errands, bills (not to mention taking time to eat and sleep) devour time throughout the week leaving very little leftover for, say, a workout class a few nights a week.

One of my favorite ways to proactively avoid having a week of only “needs” is to schedule in my “wants” for the week on Sunday night. That’s right, I’ll actually add, for example,Ā YOGA at 7PM, into my Google Calendar. Sounds simple, right? It is, but simple does not always mean easy. In the process of making dates with myself all week long, I’ll undoubtedly need to check in with my husband to make sure my plans work for the household. There may be some negotiation on his end depending on schedules, but this way we start the week on the same page.

I’ve also found that being clear with my ambitions no matter how big or small draws support fromĀ those around me. So when I make it known that I have very specific exercise goals,Ā you’d better believe that the other people in my life are helping me make them happen. Lots of times, that helps comes in the form of coming home in time to take over with kid-duty.

When I look at my calendar and see the time blocked out forĀ ME, I’m motivated to keep those appointments. I’m reminded that I took time on Sunday night to creatively schedule ways to recharge. And I don’t want to stand myself up!

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Here’s a look at my exercise dates for the week. SinceĀ Rather Be SweatingĀ is basically my mantra, physical activities are the kind of things I enjoy scheduling. It’s fun for my to think about the week and work in different times and activities for exercise.

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About three years ago, I was taking my dog Dasher for a run in the woods as I waited for a call to tell me that my car was ready to be picked up after some repairs and a new inspection sticker. The call came, but the news wasn’t as simple as I had expected. The mechanic told me that unfortunately my car did not pass the inspection and that the amount of work I needed would be more expensive than the car was worth!

Gulp.

He then went on to tell me that I had missed a few service appointments over the past year.

Another gulp.

What had I been doing?

Well, sweating. Every chance I got! I had been doing so much yoga and playing golf and running with my dog that I let some other things slide. The phrase “Rather Be Sweating” popped into my head and has been there ever since.

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Now, after growing my brick and mortar business (a fabulous Bikram Yoga studio in Natick, Mass.), moving into a new home, and having two children I am putting Rather Be Sweating out into the universe!

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