Finding Time for Studying

dog-study-quilieI ate way too much yesterday after working my legs in the morning and did not feed the beast enough protein. Sometimes I make these mistakes and end up paying for it, but the lessons of life go on and today is a brand new day.

Since I have a little kink in my right ankle I have chosen to skip cardio today and move right on to working my abs. It has been two months since I did any type of exercise to work my abs and like always I will be taking it easy. I have lost a lot of definition in this area and look forward to bringing it back. Just like the legs and back, it is just as important to keep your abs strong and flexible. As we get older there are so many tasks that we depend on the motion of bending over and picking things up and without a strong middle section these tasks can become daunting. The photos I took today of my abs I am not going to post on my blog as they are a little too revealing, but will keep them in a folder to review in 6 months.

As I am slowly approaching my first day working a new job I find myself studying each day to learn all of the code necessary to become effective in the field. I know that I must do this for a long time to eventually pass tests to qualify for certain certifications that will propel my career even further. This means that I will have to find dedicated time each day to get this done and right now the only time I can come up with is the early hours of the day when I have most energy and enthusiasm. This also means that I will have to give up something in the morning hours to accomplish it. I certainly do not want to give up my workout routine and the only other activity I do is writing this blog. This means I may have to limit my writing time to just the weekends. I have been writing each day consistently each day for some time now as I am approaching my 1000th post and it would be difficult to give up this practice. But in the long run it may have to be this way until I can find myself in a position where I am comfortable in my new career.

I thought about studying after work but like everything else I find it difficult to concentrate after a long day and as a morning person I have always found that my best work is performed early in the day. There are many bloggers who do not publish a daily post but for me my blog as always been my personal journal and I find it comforting to get thoughts out of my head and into the form of writing to be a great comfort each day. On the other hand I am sure that I will find more to write about if I am limiting it to just one day a week. I will have to think about this further, but for right now I know where I have to concentrate my efforts.

Blood Sugar- 133, Weight- 180.6

Bowflex – ABS
Crunches- 200- 25, 25
Situps- 20,

5:45 AM- Protein Shake
6:30 AM- Oatmeal
12:30 PM- 1/2 Italian Hoagie
6:30 PM- Chicken Parm, Pasta

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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21 Responses to Finding Time for Studying

  1. At one point I found myself pressed for time, but not wanting to give up my daily blogging schedule. The solution I found was to limit my posts to 150 words. You can say a lot in 150 word count, but it takes very little time to write something that short. Consider doing that instead of giving up on something you love and something that keeps you engaged and accountable. I would hate to see your posts go down to 1 per week, and that 1 might turn out to be wayyyy long; too long for most readers to get through. Just a thought… So excited for you on the new job front!

  2. facetfully says:

    Oh, the choices we must make. I undersrand, as I left the scene for the summer…moving, guests, travel, etc…but I missed it. I am working my way back and trying to find the happy medium and balance of time, technique, etc. There are so many opportunities to expand, grow, heal, enjoy and more! Go forth and do as you must. You are dedicated and determined and will find exactly what you need. Only the best!

  3. Noddfacrafts says:

    The very best way to study is by time limiting it at say an hour per session. After one hour you must stop and walk away. You can return later in the day if you wish but trust me! One hour per day of intensive learning really works! I even used a stop watch.

    • I thought about this in balance with another technique of a set of (3) twenty minute sessions. Between each one I will be working out. This gives me food for thought during my workout as I ponder what I just read.

  4. New Journey says:

    love the picture….only proves it really is a dogs world!!! I hate to see you give up something that helps you stay focused on your health….I agree with – changeispossibleblog – cut your blog back to the basics, checking in and getting your head on straight for the day….you will knock learning the codes out of the park….kat

  5. jncthedc says:

    Lessons in life are designed with two potential outcomes:
    (1) we learn from them and change our behavior aiming to create a better outcome.
    (2) we “understand” them rather than learn from them and continue to repeat the same behaviors.
    Each individual must decide for themselves which is more important and which will provide the reality for their future.
    The first choice is more difficult.
    The second choice is more common.
    Something that all of us might want to think about.

  6. Have enjoyed your blog. You could always go with 4 times a week or something else in the middle between every day and once a week.

  7. agree with the shorter is better–especially if you can do two of those instead of one long one–not good. and btw, the pic of the pooch is beyond adorable. i don’t care what breed of dog, they can be so ingratiating!

  8. Tony R says:

    If you don’t mind me asking, what kind of work do you do? I would like to get into some sort of computer, web development field but have a hard time finding anything accepting of my lower skill level. I am only looking for an opening. I am willing to work my way up learning the skills that I need to learn but I just can’t seem to get that start.
    Any recommendations?
    Tony R

    • The Information Technology field seems to be flooded with college degrees and certifications. Although I have a vast knowledge of computers as I used to have my own company in which I built them, repaired them and created websites I never went to school and relied on my own studies. When I tried to enter the field recently I found myself locked out due to lack of formal education. You can either do it on your own, or go back to school. Most technical schools can show you the way.

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