Tuesday, January 15, 2013

MAKE time

Last night I posted the following quote on Facebook. I’m sure we have all seen it or something similar:
Back Squat Inspirational Quote

I got a comment on it from someone I went to high school with. She had been very heavy as well, had the gastric bypass, and has lost a lot of weight. She looks great.
Her comment began innocently enough – stating that it’s really hard to keep going, etc. I responded that I totally understood but “we got this, girl”. She commented back and said she had put on some weight over the holidays and then the following:
“I wish I had time to work out like you do, but I don’t. I wish I could have the surgery like you are, but my insurance won’t cover it”
This pissed me off. Why? Because it’s a load of bull shit.
Anyone who has been hanging around here knows that time is not something I have the luxury of. I have a full time job, part time job, school, church commitments, 2 kids, a hubby and a guinea pig. And yes, ON TOP OF THAT, I MAKE time to exercise. I do it for me and I do it for my family and obligations. Working out enables me to stay healthy enough to balance all the rest of the craziness.
She wishes she had time, like I do. WTF
I’m not going to get into the surgery thing, but her comment made me feel like I was taking the easy way out of something. This isn’t liposuction, people, the doctor is removing SKIN. SKIN that is hanging down my body like a bag. Skin that causes me daily physical pain from the deterioration. If she has this same issue (and I am thinking she does) then she needs to pursue it more fully. I was denied at first too, but I found the right doctor, the right documentation and I was approved.
*Deep Breaths* Ok. I’m good.
I responded back that working out is something everyone can make time to do, and it’s an important part of taking care of oneself. Not sure what I’m going to get back from that, but I don’t care. I spoke my piece, in a nice way, and now I’m done.
Alright let’s move onto the stats from last night and today.
Yesterday’s stats:
Cals 1407 Fat 56 g Cholesterol 78 mg Sodium 4933 mg Carbs 138 g Fiber 33 g Protein 79 g Sugars 39 g

Can I just say I was STARVING yesterday? I was actually in physical pain by 3:00. So, I added 1 oz of almonds to the menu, and that helped get me to dinner. I also snacked on 2 cups of air popped popcorn last night. I redid the menu and I was expecting it to be bad – but really, it was fine. 7 calories over my upper limit on an exceptionally hungry day? I’ll take it.
Stats for today – WITHOUT DINNER, because beside a salad, I don’t know what we are having…
Cals 957 Fat 29 g Cholesterol 10 mg Sodium 4320 mg Carbs 115 g Fiber 25 g Protein 43 g Sugars 26 g

Tonight is spinning, and then home. Bliss. I’m nervous that school will be starting up again soon, because I am really getting into this getting-to-be-home-for-more-than-5-minutes-per-evening thing. But, this coming semester I am in 2 nutrition classes. Yea! It’s not going to be easy, but it will be AWESOME.
Damn… is it really only Tuesday?
Moving forward – how about you?

ETA: Check out THIS LINK of a Wisconsin woman who went from 427lbs to being a tri-athlete. Yeah. I'm sure the words "I don't have time" have never come out of her mouth.


  1. The time excuse really pisses me off, too. There is time. You might have to wake up early and ya might have to go to bed late. But there is always time.

  2. Damn, Kelliann! You have a lot to juggle and you still make time.

    You know why? Because you WANT IT. You actually want to be healthy and fit for your kids, jobs, husband, church, school, and guinea pig. You WANT IT. That's why you make time. It's not a game to you. It's not a joke. It's not something you "have to do." You want it with a fire in your belly that burns like the sun and fuels you onward to your goal. That's why you've busted your ass and made the time to do what your body needs.

    Anyone who says "I don't have time" isn't in the mindset to actually achieve goals AND stay at those goals. they won't. You have to want something in life in order to achieve it. If you don't want it, you don't make time for it.

    Rock it, girl. Rock it for yourself. I know you will...cuz you always make the time to do so. :)

    1. Thanks so much! You are right! People will do it if they really want to - end of story. If you REALLY want something, nothing will get in the way!

  3. You can refer her to my blog. :)

    1. seems you and I are both running into this excuse lately! :-)

  4. You find and make the time for the important things. Just how important it is depends on the person.

  5. Wow, I missed that. What a crack pot.
    If it means enough to you, you'll do it.
    Even if my surgery isn't covered by insurance, I'm going to save up to get it done - because it's irritating as all get out.
    As far as finding time to exercise? Please, woman. Does she find time to watch TV? Do extracirricular activites? I bet she does. It's all about importance, not having zero time.

    1. She also said she couldn't afford to go to the gym. But it looks like she can afford to get her nails and hair done. I know for a fact a set of nails are going to run you upwards of $25 every other week to maintain. Suddenly, $20 a MONTH for the gym (including childcare!) doesn't seem so pricey!

  6. Yep, I get you, time is something we have to make...not just something that is given to us, how much time we make depends on how important something is for each individual.

  7. While on my morning walk today I was thinking of my busy schedule this week and how I may not have time to exercise everyday. Then I told myself to shut up, if I wanted it bad enough I would schedule in the time, and that's what I did :).

  8. Hey girl! loooovely blog.
    GRRR, I'm sitting here annoyed at that msg from your friend.. It's the number one EXCUSE , this lack of time thing.. you are absolutely right - you MAKE time. no one has all the time in the world and sitting around doing nothing.. we are all busy with life. Sometimes, exercise does take a backseat, but at the end of the day, if it's important to you - you make time!!

    I'm gonna stop ranting now. haha :)

  9. Hate, hate, hate the no time excuse. Single people with no responsibilities but work use it because exercise would take away their socializing time. At least the ones I work with! If you want it badly enough, you make time!

  10. I feel sorry for people who constantly make excuses. If people with kids can do it so can I! (I don't know how y'all do but you do!) I found myself recently using work overload as an excuse so I just tell myself every day--I'm a graphic designer and no one is going to die if I'm gone for an hour!