How do you do it, Busy Mom?
I feel like I’m struggling with balance lately. I devote my time and energy to so many different roles, some being more focused on than others.
At times it feels like there is a part of my life being neglected and I have to do my very best to carve out even more time, that I don’t seem to have, to devote to it.
Right now I’m struggling with exercise. When do I fit it in to my already packed life? I know the importance of staying active and living a healthy lifestyle but I really am asking myself how I can make it all work.
Right now I already wake up a half an hour earlier than I need to in order to pump bottles for my baby. Then I start getting ready for work. I honestly can’t fathom getting up any earlier than I already do. So early morning workouts are out!
I work from 8am-5pm and my hour long lunch break is currently used to pump more bottles. Therefore, lunch break workout is out!
Then there is the window of time that many of us working parents are very familiar with. I’m talking about the sprint between daycare pick-up and the kids’ bedtime. For us it is a 2 ½ – 3 hour window which consists of bottle washing, dinner preparing and eating, baths, playtime, story time, etc.
After the kids are down we then have to get ourselves ready for the next day and I still have to pump one last time. By the time this is all over it is about 9pm and we are ready for bed. Glamorous bunch, I know!
I can’t tell you the last time I rolled out my yoga mat, went for a jog, or even went to the rec center for a workout. I just don’t know where to fit it in but I so desperately want to.
My husband and I work to maintain healthy eating habits, which I know is a good piece of the puzzle, but I can feel my body aching for some movement other than running after my toddler, scooping up toys on the floor and powering through endless chores.
At times I wonder if this is just a product of our life stage at the moment. With a 2 year old and a 5 ½ month old are we limited with what activities we can do? We are saving up for a double jogging stroller which I’m hoping can solve some of this problem as we can all be together as a family while working out. But then I wonder if I should use workouts as time to be alone, which is also important for moms.
So I’m turning to you! How do you do it mamas? Where do you find the time to squeeze in a workout? How often during the week do you workout? Do you take the kids or look to your workouts for some much needed alone time?
I appreciate your advice and I hope to be getting my booty in gear very soon!
Kendra is a full-time working mom to a precocious two-year old boy and five month old baby girl and wife to her long-time sweetheart. At “My Full-Thyme Life” (http://myfullthymelife.blogspot.com) she writes about how she attempts to balance her cherished roles as wife, mom and key employee.