Finding Balance


Right now I am struggling with fitting everything into my day that I want to do with my mental and physical health.  I find myself jogging at 11pm for 30 minutes to make sure I get my steps in after everyone is in bed.  Every night I think “I will get up early tomorrow and workout before everyone gets up”, but then I am up 3 times with the baby through the night and I feel like death every morning so that goes out the door.  I mean I have to sleep some too.  

So when do I get it all done?  Well today I jogged and did a quick workout after we all got up.  My husband was working in the office, I was in the living room, my toddler was running between us, and the baby was in the walker looking at me like I was crazy.  But I got my 20 minute jog in and I thought it was a great start to the day.  I should have no problem getting my steps in and I would just do a little yoga before bed.

Well here it is 9pm and I still have 2k steps to get, have 32 oz of water to drink (this is a struggle for me EVERYDAY!), yoga to do, and would like to meditate.  And that’s just what I would like to do for myself.  We still have to get both kids to bed, start a load of clothes, pick up around the house, and sweep the whole first floor.  It’s never ending and I always feel like I have only done about half of what I needed to.

Somehow I will figure out what I need to do so I have time for my stuff each day without feeling like I have neglected everything else to do so.  I try and include my kids as much as I can, but sometimes that just makes it 500 times more stressful because I am fighting with them to do it and just waste an hour and didn’t really get any workout in.  That’s not always the case, but getting a 3 year old and a 6 month old to do what you want and when you want them to do it is usually a fail.

So tell me what you do to make sure you get your workouts in and do everything else you need to do in a day?  How do you find balance?  Give me your feedback and let’s help each other!


Run for it


I am fortunate to live on the coast of SC where for the most part you can be outside year round without a problem.  We don’t get much winter weather and if we do it’s gone within a day or so.  Which is good because I am not made for the cold.  I am that person wearing a hoodie no matter what time of the year and the slightest breeze will give me chills.  

I love being outside and I can always bundle up and go out in the cold, but I don’t let my kids get cold.  If they go out in the winter, you would think we live in the north.  2 shirts and a jacket, hats, gloves, scarves, and you better believe they will have a cover over them in the stroller.  I know it’s a little overkill, but I don’t want them to be cold!

So right now it’s very up and down.  A week ago it was in the 30’s and 40’s and yesterday it was in the 70’s.  SC is a little Bi-polar if you didn’t know.  But when it is nice, we make sure we get out each day and enjoy it with a walk somewhere.  I have been doing my best to be a jogger.  I have never been good at getting out and running and it’s really been a challenge for me.  And I have learned that it’s not something that you just start doing all the time.  You have to work your way into it.  

When we are at the park walking I try to do short bursts of jogging, but I do my best jogging in my living room and kitchen.  After the kids are down for the night I can turn on some music and go to town.  I don’t worry about anyone watching me and wondering if I’m going fast enough.  It’s me time at it’s best.  Even if it’s only for 15 to 20 minutes doing small laps around the kitchen and the coffee table or in place watching the first non kids show of the day.  

Everyday it gets a little easier and I can go a little longer.  And when it gets warmer I will be ready to take the kids out and run for it!  So stop giving yourself excuses to not jog or even just walk.  You can do it anywhere when you decide you are going to make it happen.