Tuesday, January 31, 2017

This Busy Mom's Schedule

Hey there! I hope (at least a few of) you enjoy my running for two recap. It was fun for me to relive it.

Before I get to an update on my current running, I want to share an overall update on how I'm fitting in my fitness, now that I'm a mommy of 3.

With 2 kids and a full-time job (that involved travel), I really didn't think life could possibly get any busier. And then along came baby #3! 😆 Luckily, I enjoy a good challenge. And I have some serious fitness #goals.

I get asked often how I manage to "do it all." First of all - I don't. There are certainly things that I would like to / probably should be doing that I'm not. But second of all - it's really all about choices and priorities; balancing the "have-to's" with the "want-to's." Oh - and being flexible! Am I right?!

Here's what a typical weekday looks like for me schedule-wise:

4:55am - wake up, drink my coffee in peace and quiet, watch the news (I choose to get up before everyone else to savor my coffee and alone time!)
5:45am - off to the garage for my Team Fit Anywhere Workout (M/W/F) or out the door for a 4-mile run (T/Th)

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My garage gym isn't fancy, but it does the trick!

- come inside, eat breakfast with the kids, fill out my Panda Planner, get ready for work (I'm obsessed with the Panda Planner!! I've even started writing out similar pages for my almost-8-year-old and we fill them out together. It has brought so much focus to my days!)

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Panda Planner

7:45am - head out the door for work
8:15am - work, work, work, work, work, work (cue Rihanna...)
10:45ish - Pump 🙈
Lunchtime - head out for a 45-60 minute walk (M/W/F) or head to the office gym for a Team Fit workout (T)

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Quick change in the office shower room near the gym

1pm - work, work, work, work, work, work (with another pump break around 2:45)
5pm - arrive home, typically jump on the computer and answer a few more emails, etc. until it's dinner time. Then we all sit down to eat dinner together before the bath/shower/bedtime extravaganza begins! I usually bathe and feed the little man, and daddy handles showers for the big girls. I have the little man in his crib by 7:30

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7:30pm - back out to the garage for a little HIIT session (high intensity interval training), typically 25-30 minutes tops (M/W/F). I like to end the day the same way I start it - with some endorphins. It helps me decompress and de-stress. It's also a good time to chat 1:1 with my oldest. Sometimes she even exercises with me!
8pm - hang out and watch a little TV with daddy
8:30pm - Mommy's bedtime! I would like to say that I'm always asleep by this time, but not so. I usually read some articles on my phone before I close my eyes, which is usually by 9:30 at the absolute latest. (The baby still isn't sleeping through the night, so I'm running on broken sleep most of the time. But I get a few good stretches of sleep.)

Phew - I'm exhausted just writing that! It's a packed schedule, but it hits on all my priorities:

- Quality time with family
- Getting / staying fit (mentally and physically)
- Working
- Sleeping (put last on this list for a reason - lowest priority currently!)

It's not perfect, and it's not for everyone, but it works for me! 😊

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Recap: Running for Two

Hey there! I blinked and the weekend was over already! Boo. 😡

As I mentioned in my last post, I have a lot of content planned - including an update on my running. But before I get to where I am now, I wanted to go back and recap where I've been - starting with my experience running through my third pregnancy.

When I found out I was pregnant with baby #3 at the end of July 2015, I was still pretty well conditioned from the half marathon I ran earlier in the year (my PR!! 😁). I was consistently running 7-8 miles every Saturday, and then BAM - right at about 6 weeks pregnant my entire body felt like lead. It was SO HARD to drag myself out the door and put one foot in front of the other, but I immediately set a goal of running until at least 32 weeks.

Why 32 weeks?? Truthfully, I just couldn't stand the thought of being away from running for more than 2 months! Running is my sanity, and it make me feel alive and knew I would miss that feeling.

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Heading out for a run at about 16 weeks.

My secondary motivation was just enjoying every minute (every french fry, every donut!) of what I knew would be my last pregnancy without setting myself even farther back physically after baby (read: without gaining an excessive amount of weight).

I ran 3-4 days a week each week with a few exceptions, like when I had a horrible cough and needed to slow it down. There were times when it felt great and I came back home more energized than when I started. There were also times where I just felt heavy and tired, and (TMI ALERT) like I was going to pee my pants the entire time. 😱

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29.5 weeks - January 2015

Despite the physical distractions, I spent most of my running time reflecting on life as a mom of 2, and thinking about what life would be like as a mom of 3. While baby 3 was planned, I admittedly still had a lot of anxiety and second thoughts -  why on earth did I decide to do this again?! Running was the perfect outlet for my nervous energy.

1 year ago today!

I ended up surpassing my goal of 32 weeks and ran until 35 weeks (though the last 3 weeks or so I had switched to run/walk intervals). I got a lot of strange / concerned looks, but also got a lot of thumbs up and "way to go's" from passersby.

I also achieved my goal of not depriving myself of the foods I craved. I kept my belly very happy, and kept my weight gain to 26 lbs - the exact same amount of weight I gained with babies #1 and #2.

In addition to helping with a smooth, uncomplicated (and FAST!) delivery, I truly believe running throughout my pregnancy (along with sticking to my 5-6 days of Pure Barre every week) played a very important role in coming back better, faster and stronger postpartum.

More on that next time... 😏

Friday, January 27, 2017

Testing, 1, 2, 3...

Test, test - is this thing still on?!

Hey there! It's been a while! 2 years, 1 month, and 2 weeks to be exact... I didn't intend to walk away from this blog. It just happened. It happened because I (yet again!) allowed my passion project to become a chore. Not because I didn't enjoy posting here - quite the opposite! I loved the having this as an outlet to write about my greatest loves - my family, my fitness, and of course, FOOD! Yet it became a chore because I just put to much pressure on myself to do everything all the time, and didn't take time to prioritize the things that were most important to me and let go of the things that weren't.

But enough of the downer stuff - I'm back! And so much has happened since I last posted. Most everyone who reads this knows me and knows what I've been up to, but here are some of the highlights from the past couple years in bullet-point form (because - organization! 😁):

  • March 2015: I ran the Publix Georgia Half Marathon - my 7th half, and a new PR for me! 1:53:35 - I couldn't even believe it! It was more than 10 minutes faster than my first half back in October 2010. And it was especially awesome because my dad was there watching me cross the finish line. 😍

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  • July 2015: Found out I was pregnant with baby #3! (Yes, on purpose... That seemed to be the popular question the third time around.)
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  • March 2016: My baby boy was born!! Just like his sisters, he was born in a hurry - just 3 hours and 10 minutes after induction was started. And he was and is the sweetest baby boy ever!

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  • June 2016: As if having another baby wasn't enough of a life change, I left my job of 5 years to take a new job with a company based in Savannah, GA. I worked remotely for a few months, but had agreed to move to Greenville, SC.

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First day at the new job - training in Savannah.

  • September 2016: Quite possibly the most chaotic, stressful and exciting times of my life... We simultaneously sold our old house just outside Atlanta and bought a new house and moved to Greenville, SC. As part of the move, the hubby left his job and started staying home with the kiddos. (No pressure mommy...)
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Movin' on up! The new house!
There was obviously a lot more in between, but that basically brings us to today - to my new normal. I have an amazingly flexible job that allows me to work from wherever whenever - though I do love going into the office because I can take a walk here every day:

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And through all this change, I have managed to become better, faster and stronger - keeping up and even improving my fitness. (So much more to come on this!!)

So, please check back in - I have a lot of exciting content in the works:
  • The new vision for my blog
  • An update on my running (and the injury that took me out of commission...)
  • Why I quit Pure Barre
  • My new fitness routine
  • And more!
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Thanks for reading! Until next time... ✌