I need to get healthy. At this point in time the only exercise I am getting is walking to and from my car and my photo shoots. I know I am not getting enough exercise and I know I need to eat better. My problem is, right now I have so much on my plate (yeah yeah har har) how am I supposed to make my health a priority as well?

Right now my #1 priority over everything is going to work which is only 40 hours a week but I also commute 10-15 hours every week as well. I realize I’ve mentioned this like 1,365 times but hey, it’s a part of my everyday life. I can’t get away from it so neither can you.

I’m also working on photography which is incredibly consuming but also emotionally draining most of the time. If I’m not working on pictures and stressing if they are good enough I’m working with a client to setup another photo shoot or I’m just trying to figure out how to get by with the equipment I have, which is clearly lacking. It’s very hard to work on photos on my laptop when it’s constantly overheating and slowing down.

Then of course there is our financial situation, which is constantly in a downward spiral it seems. Right now we are deciding what bills to pay. Do we pay our mortgage? Do we pay our electricity? Do we choose over all to be able to eat and put gas in our cars? We can’t do all 3, that is for sure.

On top of all this I realize my health is in a bad state. I have not gained any weight in like 6 months or something but I haven’t lost any either. I don’t know how to fit in exercise when I can’t afford a gym and outside is hotter than hell. Working out inside is impossible when you can’t afford to run your air conditioner and your house is just too small to bounce around in.

So it sucks that I just can’t seem to put the effort in to eating the right foods and taking bike rides. I know I have to figure out a way to make it a priority but I just don’t know how to do it without completely losing my head in the process.


  1. bubblewench

    July 28, 2010 at 8:45 am

    It’s not easy. And it’s totally OK to lose your head over it at first. I did. You’ll get there. Just takes time and patience (that damn patience thing will get ya every time!)

    1. Robin

      July 28, 2010 at 8:49 am

      @bubblewench, if only it were more natural or, you know, someone could just prepare all my meals for me.

  2. bubblewench

    July 28, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Now that would be too easy! (I literally started laughing like crazy when I read your comment – my co workers think I’m nuts)

    1. Robin

      July 28, 2010 at 8:54 am

      @bubblewench: lol well I think what I meant really was my brain just has no room to focus on what foods to eat at all times during the day and I have no energy to exercise after 11 hour days. If my meals were just there, like when I did e-diets, I could handle that right now.

  3. Amanda

    July 28, 2010 at 8:50 am

    I’m sorry you’re struggling. I totally get the not having money to eat thing. I would love to eat all fresh veggies and fruits and everything, but that stuff is really fucking expensive, so I buy cheap processed crap. I’ve been gaining weight at an alarming speed so I know I know need to stop.

    Truthfully, I have plenty of time to work out, I’m just really lazy. I hit the gym maybe once or twice a week. I’m more likely to do a workout DVD, which are almost limitless on Netflix, but even then I know I don’t bring it the way I do in the gym. Part of the problem is that it’s always in the 90s and it’s really really too hot to go running without, you know, heatstroke.

    1. Robin

      July 28, 2010 at 8:55 am

      @Amanda: Basically there are just too many reasons NOT to be healthy and not enough reasons TO be healthy.

  4. Alissa

    July 28, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Yeah, it’s not easy. I feel for you. Here’s a few little things you can incorporate into your life that maybe will help you and save time that have worked for me:

    1. Force yourself to include one fruit or veggie with each meal of the day. If I went to Wendy’s for lunch, it’s a small single cheeseburger with lettuce and pickles only, and a side salad – skip the pop, because water is free and it saves you money!

    2. Eat apples. Lots of them. With peanut butter (my fave!) or with string cheese or mini cheddar cheese cubes. It’s a super filling snack with fiber and protein so you stay full.

    3. Make a commitment to work out 30 mins three times a week. I like to get up before work because 30 mins of sleep isn’t going to make that big of a difference and the workout will wake you up. When I lost 30lbs, I started with soup cans and the SELF Challenge from SELF or the Body By Glamour. I only did the weight training and not the cardio. My cardio was going for a walk after dinner. You don’t need a gym to get healthy. Just a small space and some soup cans!

    That was my plan for starting to get healthy. I think people sometimes don’t realize that by making SMALL changes, they can see results and get overwhelmed because they think when they eat healthy it’s all salads and a workout is an hour and half sweat session in the gym that leaves you feeling like death.

    Think small! You can do it!

    1. Robin

      July 30, 2010 at 11:53 am

      @Alissa, I wish I could do it in the morning but I get up at like 5:30 just to get out of the house by 6:00 to be at work by 7:30. My life clearly needs a change. I am, however, about to have a homemade smoothie.

  5. Grant

    July 28, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Cooking at home definitely saves money. Try miso soup – it’s cheap and healthy and easy to make and it stores well. Or you could tell your clients you only photograph people who are running at full speed with you chasing them. Also, not eating generally leads to significant weight loss after death. Also, studies show that being a Japanese woman is good for your weight and health. Hope this helps.

    1. Robin

      July 30, 2010 at 11:54 am

      @Grant, I’m not sure I’ve ever had Miso soup, must try it. I really should have been born japanese, the world is cruel.

  6. Pauline

    July 29, 2010 at 9:24 am

    It is difficult to fit in exercise that is for sure! And I wouldn’t go to a gym, as they are expensive and tend to coerce you into signing iffy contracts.

    Currently, I am working out with Jillian Michaels “30 Day Shred” dvd and it is great!:

    Twenty minutes a day of intense workouts that range from
    Level 1, 2 and 3. The price of the dvd is $12-15. MUCH cheaper than any gym and you don’t bounce around “too” much!

    I know I sound like an ad and the workouts are tough but worth it! 🙂

    1. Robin

      July 30, 2010 at 11:55 am

      @Pauline, I’ve considered doing that…maybe…

  7. Avitable

    July 29, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Sometimes just activity during the day can help. Try walking around your office, wearing a pedometer and trying to increase your steps every day, or something like that. You’ll do it, though – I know it.

    1. Robin

      July 30, 2010 at 11:56 am

      @Avitable, I keep saying I’m going to use the really big stairs at work more, I need to just not allow myself to use the elevator.

  8. Shelli

    July 30, 2010 at 11:27 am

    I feel ya. Except the photography stuff, I have all of those issues. However, one way we are saving money is by going to the gym. Our insurance offers both of us $20 back per month if we go to the gym 12 times during the month. That’s $40 we are making by working out. We already had the gym membership, so rather than canceling, we kept ti and then are making sure we keep our end of the bargain. It also saves money because it means it keeps me off high blood pressure meds and from more expensive auto-immune drugs that also are hard on my body.

    I know you don’t have extra money to put into a gym right now. It sucks. Do you have stairs in your house? Preferably ones that go down to a cool basement? If you have a basement, can you exercise down there? How about going to the mall and walking there?

    I’ll stop preaching. 😉

    Just know you are not alone.

    1. Robin

      July 30, 2010 at 11:49 am

      @Shelli, I think that the moment my husband gets a job, which I hope is really really soon I will join the gym for like $20 a month, I don’t think there is a discount. Funny though, we don’t have stairs other than the 5 to get into the house, it’s a one floor house. We also don’t have a basement. There is a mall, however they have an Orange Julius, those are dangerous.

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  10. Cissa Fireheart

    August 2, 2010 at 9:36 am

    For the health thing, best I can recommend is smaller portions. If you cook a chicken breast, eat only half of it, and eat more veggies for a side.

    As you know I’m in the same boat as you financially. I have an “escape plan” but yes, it’s hard as all heck to deal wight now. you’ve got a sister in arms over here!

    we can get through this, it’s just gonna suck for part of it.

    1. Robin

      August 2, 2010 at 9:38 am

      @Cissa Fireheart, I feel bad complaining when so many people have children they have to take care of and it’s just us, although we do have child support. Hang in there, we have to believe things will get better.

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