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Operation Hot Mama – Fit It In!

Hello and welcome to our new blog category – Health and Fitness!

We blog about a lot of things –  new products and ideas, apps we love, tutorials, thrift scores, freebies, and the list goes on.  Now, we’ve decided to get a little more personal with you.  You are my friends after all, right?!

As a family of four now, our lives are quite hectic.  Having completed our family, I really want to start focusing more on my own health and fitness, so I figured I might as well bring you along!  I will be transparent, sharing my strengths and weaknesses, victories and failures.  I will share with you any tips and tricks I find helpful along the way.  I will share my favorite recipes (and I’ll leave out my not so favorite:).  And, of course, I will share progress stats and photos!

For my first post, I wanted to talk about scheduling and how the heck to fit in time to get fit.  I am currently doing Jamie Eason’s Livefit Trainer, which is a FREE 12 week program focused on eating clean and lifting weights.  Don’t worry – I will have more posts later on the program itself, promise:)

Now, time to get real with you.  I am currently on maternity leave, staying home with my two beautiful girls and will return to work in April.  My incredible and amazing mother-in-law will be watching both of my kiddos and their adorable cousin full time!  I initially started my program like February 1st.  Then I pretty much restarted March 9th for a variety of reasons (sickness, family in town, baby waking in the night, etc).  I am currently on week 3 and so far so good this round!  I am following the workouts provided, but the eating 5-6 “clean” meals a day is about 50/50 at the moment.  Maybe it’s better than that, but let’s be honest – it gets hard!  I will say I definitely do WAY better when I take time to meal prep (which means cooking a bunch of food one day to have it ready-to-go in the fridge – more on that in a later post:).  The food is a work in progress – my hope is to ease into that and do better in each phase.

Here’s what small change looks like so far:

Tab 2 weeksI know it doesn’t look like much, but hey, this is the real world and change takes time.  My tiny baby muscles will continue to grow, and I’m hoping I will be able to see some definition after a few more weeks!

Now Mamas, let me tell you – it is hard to take time to commit to a 12 week program, especially when it involves going to a gym.  After trying a couple of different things, I landed on really the only thing that worked for my schedule with a baby and a toddler – getting up at 5 AM.  UGGGGGGGH.  That sucks.  But, it works.  That way, I can work out and get back home before they wake up.  Another thing that’s hard to do that you may not realize?  Eat 5-6 meals a day.  Clean meals, of course.  Who knew eating could be so hard?!  I manage to do the first few pretty well – it’s the afternoon that gets me!  I thought I would share with you both my current maternity leave schedule, as well as my back to work schedule, which will begin on April 3rd:

My Stay at Home Mom Schedule:

5:00 – Wake up, eat quick breakfast, head to the gym
5:30-6:15 – Work out (drink protein shake on my way home)
6:30-7:15 – Get ready and/or say hello to my hubby (sometimes I feel extra productive and make something for him to take for lunch:)
7:15-7:35 – Wake up Wren, change and feed her
7:35-8:00 – Wake up Micah, change her, get her breakfast ready and make my second breakfast!8:30 – Wren down for nap
8:30-10:30 – Play time with Micah
10:30-11:00 – Wake up Wren, change and feed her
11:00-11:30 – Lunch time!
11:30 – Wren down for nap
12:00-1:30 – Movie time for Micah and me!  This is when I usually will try to do the dishes from the morning, do some blogging here and there, or just cuddle my sweet girl:)
1:30-2:00 – Micah down for nap, wake up Wren and change/feed her
2:30 – Wren down for nap
2:30-3:30 – My free time!  Not gonna lie, I usually use this time to catch some Zs, shower, or if I’m feeling motivated, pick up or do a little laundry.  Mostly, it’s the lazier options:)  Oh, I also try to fit in another “meal” here.  Sometimes it happens, and sometimes it doesn’t.  But, it should…
3:30-4:30 – Wake up Micah for a snack and play time
4:30-5:00 – Wake up Wren, change and feed her
5:00-5:30 – Make some attempt to start some sort of dinner
5:30 – Dada’s home!  We finish up dinner and play until bed time
7:00-7:30 – Bed time for both girls!
7:30-10:00 – Cuddle up with Brandon, work on personal or Toddah projects, watch our favorite shows of the moment, etc.  Oh, and I have to pump at some point in there, too:)
10:00 – Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…..

When I start back to work, my schedule will change.  I will have to work out after work, before I pick up the girls.  That will honestly feel a bit simpler, I think, and I’m looking forward to that:)  I also think it will be easier to fit in meals throughout the day (I plan to set a timer on my phone), not having the kiddos around.  The major challenge will be meal prep.  I am really going to have to get serious about prepping meals for an entire week that I can just grab and head out the door with.  Here’s what my working schedule will look like:

My Workin’ Mama Schedule:

5:30 AM – wake up, get ready for the day (yay, I’ll get to sleep in an extra 30 minutes)!
6:00-6:30 – Wake up Wren, change/feed her
6:30-6:45 – Wake up Micah, help get her dressed and ready (Brandon takes the girls to his mom’s house for me:)
6:50 – Leave for work
7:15-3:00 – WORK (I’m a school counselor – I love my job)!
3:00-4:00 – Gym time!  Thankfully, my gym is right there at our district office – just a short walk from my school!
4:30-5:00 – Pick up girls, take them home
5:00-5:30 – Get dinner ready
5:30-7:00 – Eat, play, be merry!
7:00-7:30 – Bed time for girls
7:30-8:00 – SHOWER!  Yep, I’m just going to be stinky for a few hours every day:)
8:00-10:00 – R&R with the hubs
And you know what happens at 10:00 – LIGHTS OUT!

So, what do you think?  This is do-able, right?  Easy, no. But do-able, yes.  I just realized that for me, I really need to get out of the house to get fit.  I simply am not motivated enough and find way too many excuses if I work out at home.  For you it may be different – what works for you??  If you’ve got any tips and tricks, I’d love to hear them!

Be sure to like us on Facebook and subscribe to our blog to keep up with all the upcoming posts about my progress, ups and downs, tips and tricks, and favorite recipes along the way!  This will be a long journey for me, and I’m so glad to be sharing it with you!

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