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! 😊

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