Three Things Thursday – angsty whinging edition

  1. I am generally a very happy person. I tend towards cheeriness. Not annoyingly so (I hope), but I typically believe that everything will work out for the best as long as you work towards a goal with that belief in mind. This year has been a challenge for cheerful gazelles. As a stark contrast to my innate happiness, when something does not work out for the best, I tend to place a lot of blame on myself (see aforementioned “work towards a goal believing things will work out”). I am having a little trouble maintaining my cheery centered self lately. I know balance will return when I get back to a routine (I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE a routine; surprisingly, my son seems to be the same way) (I have a son– how weird is that?). Right now, I’m just having a bit of trouble remembering that.
  2.  Speaking of routine – I am having trouble with my workout routine. Surprisingly (ha!) it is harder to maintain a routine when working 9 hrs/day; commuting 1.5 hrs/day; and taking care of a baby. I know I’ll get it figured out, but I’d like to get it figured out NOW, please. My current schedule:
  • 5 am – get up; feed baby; get ready for work
  • 6 am – leave for work
  • 6:45 am – work!
    • pump 2-3 times at work (this is another entire post, but this is not working as well for me as a girl might hope)
  • 3:45 pm – leave work
  • 4:30 pm – pick up Alvie Bean! feed the baby
  • 5:30 pm – play with the baby
  • 7:00 pm – start bedtime routine: bath, diaper & pjs, food, story, kisses
  • 8:00 pm – dinner
  • 10:00 pm – pump
  • 11:00 pm – bed

I have plenty of time to exercise on Friday – Sunday, it’s just Monday – Thursday that are stymieing me. Suggestions? Help? I suppose I could just fit 7-8 hrs of workouts in on my 3-day weekends, but that seems insane. 🙂  I did manage to swim yesterday (Wednesday) morning, but as a result, didn’t get to work until 7:45 am. I cannot sleep less. 6 hours is my bare minimum now. I suppose I could fit something in after Alvie Bean goes to bed, but honestly, by 8 pm I’m pretty exhausted. ACK!

  1. I also need to revamp my eating. I am not that hungry most of the time, and often forget to eat. This leads to weird bouts of hunger where I’ll eat whatever is closest: cake, cheese, cats, baby thighs. I need healthy snacks full of vegetables and protein.

Sorry about my angsty whinging. I’ll be back to my normal cheery self again. Plus, if I need LOTS of cheer, all I need to do is look at this:

Recent Comments

  • Alisa
    July 12, 2012 - 2:44 pm ·

    You will figure it out, I know you will! It’s tough to balance all the things in life you know you love.

    What about trying short exercise spurts instead of what you’re used to? Instead of hours…what about 20 minutes until your schedule evens out? Lunch break? I’m a fan of lunchtime running…I can’t go more than 3 miles usually and I don’t shower (enter baby wipes, which I know you own!) but 3 is better than 0.

  • Cindy
    July 12, 2012 - 5:46 pm ·

    Yes, I love routine too– thrive on it! Don’t feel bad about whining. There’s a lot to try to juggle. And u do seem like a very cheerful person, so u r probably super resilient and the funk will be brief. Probably already over…
    Just some random ideas: maybe your husband wouldn’t mind feeding Alvie at 5, like twice a week? Then u could be doing your shred DVD or something. I also like alisas idea about some short but intense workouts. Like tabata?
    Baby calling me– good luck 🙂

  • Carolina John
    July 13, 2012 - 7:41 am ·

    You’ll get the schedule fine tuned. The schedule is your friend. If you have to stay in Weekend Warrior status for a while that’s ok too. Stay positive and you’ll be fine! xx.

  • Emily
    July 14, 2012 - 6:00 pm ·

    You don’t need to be cheery all the time. Your friends and family won’t mind it at all, just be yourself.

    (I know that in itself sounded cheery but was very very serious.)

    That son of yours is a cute one indeed.

  • bobbi
    July 17, 2012 - 8:19 am ·

    Try not to put too much pressure on yourself – you will get it figured out for a little bit until he grows/teeths/changes eating/no longer sleeps and then you start again. It’ll roll at you in waves for a while.

    What I’m trying to say is, just do the best you can. If you can work out on weekends, and just end up sneaking in a couple quicky workouts during the week, you are still doing GREAT!

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