Really, I’m not kidding, there aren’t. I realize I’m telling this to those who probably know but it needs to be said aloud. I feel compelled to tell you… I feel the same WAY!
The number one question I get in my inbox is no longer about motivation and weight loss it’s about "How I do it all". How do I balance work, family, house, workouts, etc.?
I’ve been having a few conversations via email and I can feel the frustration in the words they type as they ask me for advice.
Man, do I wish I had all the answers. I really do. I feel their pain, literally. I’m not kidding when I say today I almost had a break down. I had an all day training event in the city, got stuck in traffic, missed the toddler’s karate class, and totally freaked out when I started to think of all the things I had to get done before Friday’s Chicago Trip.
I’m one busy Momma. I know this. (and I only have ONE, how you other Momma’s do it with more then 1 child, I can’t EVEN begin to comprehend!) Part of the problem is my inability to say no (which I’m getting better at as I get older) but mostly it’s because I want to do SO many things. I’ve always been an interested person. I choose to do these blogs. I choice to cook dinners, to continue to work, to workout, to spend quality time with the toddler, to introduce him to new experiences, to make the hard choices. These things aren’t always easy, but I know they are worth it and they make my life better and richer.
Some days are easier then others. There are times I want to lock myself in a room forget about everthing. Other days things seem to just come together.
An email (paired with my crazy day) inspired this post. And I wanted to share the response I sent to someone’s (I didn’t ask permission so I don’t want to use any names or messages.) multiple requests for my advice on balancing everything. Feeling frustrated as I really don’t know the answer I shared a bit about my day, literally as I was debating with myself about running after this long, hard day.
…today I was at a meeting ALL day 9-4. The toddler and I spent the morning together, the husband and I took him to day care. Went to our meeting. Sat in an hour and half of traffic on the way back to get the toddler, we came home, made dinner, had dinner, played a bit, watched some TV. Right now, it’s 8PM the husband is giving him a bath and I’m literally putting on my running shoes. Do I want to? NO! But I know I’ll feel better when I get back. I’m tired. I still have to clean up the house a bit, put some laundry away and get work done on my sites. Some days are just hectic like this. Some days I choose to watch TV some days I choose to get a workout in. It’s all a matter of what’s important to you and what you make non-negotiable. I haven’t had any time to workout since Monday so right now, this run is important for me because I may not have time workout again until next week!
Life is a balance. It’s tough. There’s no magic schedule.
My advice…. Do what you can, when you can. At least that’s how it is for me.
Now, I have to get out and hit the pavement before I lose my motivation!!!
I’m proud to say I did go for that run. I did it for me. That 20 minutes of blaring music (see below) with no phone, no email and time to clear my mind was exactly what I needed after a long day. It may have seemed easier to plop in front of the TV but there’s no way I’d feel as good as I do now if I did.
Plus, with the Nike+ I got a boost of motivation when I saw my 9:20 minute pace! I upped my pace at the end per instruction of ‘the trainer’. :~)
During this run I jammed out to my latest running mix on my NEW ipod! (that’s right, I got the GREEN one ;~P)
|Song – Artist||Length|
|Bleed It Out – Linkin Park||2:44|
|Graduate – Third Eye Blind||3:10|
|Say Hey (I Love You) – Michael Franti & Spearhead||3:56|
|I’m Not Like Everybody Else – The Kinks – not on iTunes :~(||3:28|
|Paralyzer – Finger Eleven||3:28|
|Mr. Brownstone – Guns N’ Roses||3:49|
|The Distance – Cake||3:01|
|Handlebars – Flobots||3:27|
|No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature The Guess Who||4:53|
|Total Running Time:||31:48|
Note: All links will open in iTunes and some songs may be explicit
On the food front, I did pretty good, considering I was totally unprepared for my all day meeting. Not only did I forget my snacks I forgot my phone. THAT’S how hectic our morning was!
I’m going to post the food journal now but I MAY have a snack before bed, because that’s how I roll. :~) Oh and with this long (unexpected) post today and a morning meeting tomorrow I’m not sure my regular scheduled features are going to happen this week. I started the question of the week but I’m nowhere near ready to post a crazy Thursday Thoughts post, they normally take me a few hours and I just don’t have them this week. OK, I need to get going….
|cereal with banana, strawberries and vanilla soy milk||5|
|snuck some dried berries into my all day training class – thank god!||2|
|couldn’t help myself… snuck some chocolate!||1|
|lunch break! grilled chicken, broccoli, black bean soup and a few fries from the husbands plate||8|
|"creamy" pasta primavera (working on recipe for GLB) with grapes for dessert||6|
|Activity: 2 mile run||-2|
Table provided by Roni’s Food Tweet, Eat, Post Generator.