As fitness bloggers, we’re asked what a typical day is like – how doe we fit it all in? So I’ve teamed up with Moms Little Running Buddy, and many other fitness bloggers today to answer that question.
I’m also asked often how I fit in triathlon and marathon training while being a working mom of 3 active little girls. I gotta admit it’s not easy, and sometimes I question why I try to do everything. Then I’ll read yet another research paper on the benefits of living active and I’m reminded that what I do now will have a positive impact on my quality of life in the future. I want to have the strength and mobility to one day race with my daughters, to be at their weddings, and to meet my grandchildren. The feeling of pride I get from training for and racing as hard as I can really keeps me going. I would love to train all.day.long but unfortunately I work so I need to be more strategic and creative about how I fit activity in with my family’s schedule.
Here’s my typical routine:
5:20 am – I wake up to either run 8-10k with the o’dark thirty girls (my friends Juliette and Becky), or to spin on my indoor trainer or to swing my kettlebell. I have breakfast (Love Grown Oats, or a banana, or an omelette) and a black coffee. It takes me 40 min to eat, get dressed and take care of nature to be ready to workout.
6:00 am – Time to workout! Tuesdays and Thursdays I run, Mondays I ride my bike and Wednesdays I ride my bike and swing the kettlebell. Friday mornings I watch the news and surf the ‘net 🙂
7:00 am – workout done, time to wake the kids up, feed them breakfast, pack their lunches, urge them 600 times to stop picking on their sisters and to get dressed. (Please eat your breakfast and get dressed!) In this time I also manage to find something somewhat decent to wear to work (I work in government as an analyst) and sometimes I even put on a little makeup
8:00 am – out of the house and on my way to drop the kids off at school. School starts at 8:40 am so I drop them off at the gymnasium of their school for the before and after school child care offered through the YMCA (for a fee). The kids play dodgeball, floor hockey and other games until school starts.
8:15 am – time to commute to work. My drive is about 30 km and it takes about 35 min.
8:50 am – arrive at work, answer emails etc. The usual work stuff.
10:00 am – time for black coffee #2 and an apple. I always have a mid-morning apple. I used to eat a muffin from the cafeteria but a year ago I decided that an apple was healthier, and cheaper. I now keep a bag of apples in the work fridge.
12:00 pm – lunch break. I walk to the nearby GoodLife on Mondays and Fridays for a strength workout. On Mondays I lift free weights, and on Fridays I take their CX works class (a core strength class). The other three days a week I go for a short 20 min walk outside around my work. After the workout or walk I inhale a spinach salad, and a greek yogurt.
12:40 pm – back to the grind, I mean work. Meetings, phone calls, reports, and emails etc. 3:30 pm – afternoon snack. I usually have a can of tuna. I have a set eating schedule because I’m literally hungry all the time and would eat all day long if I didn’t stick to a routine.
5:00 pm – begin my commute back to the kid’s school to pick them up. Going home takes longer than driving to work, I usually arrive at the school at 5:45 pm.
5:45 pm – finally get to see my girls again! School ends at 3:15 so they spend 2.5 hours in the school gymnasium playing games, crafting and playing with the other before and after school kids. The YMCA feeds them a healthy snack around 4 pm. I love that they are striving for organic GMO-free snacks!
6:00 pm – arrive home. Kids run off to enjoy 30 min of iPad time while I prepare dinner. I prep most of our meals on the weekends (Sunday afternoons) so that I can get dinner on the table quickly on weeknights.
6:30 pm – dinner time. Dinner needs to be inhaled quickly because pretty much every evening of the week someone has an activity. We sit together as a family and discuss our day.
7:00 pm – Evening activities and sports. Mondays Brooke has swimming, while Sierra goes to a goalie clinic, Tuesdays Sierra has goalie school, Wednesdays Amber and Sierra have swimming lessons, Thursdays Sierra has hockey school and hubby plays hockey and Friday nights is family night – there are no sports on Fridays! While one parent takes a kid to sports, the other stays home to help the others with homework. It’s quite the evening juggling act!
8:50 pm – we’re all back home and bed time routines start – quiet reading time, teeth brushing, get our jammies on etc.
9:15 pm – lights out and the kids fall asleep/collapse with exhaustion. I creep back down stairs to watch NetFlix with the hubby, or to write up blog posts and schedule tweets etc. I keep an agenda in my purse to jot down blog post ideas and keep an editorial calendar. Most of my posts are actually written on Sunday afternoons while the dinners for the week bake, then I tweak things on the posts through the week ie: adding photos to them etc. I also like to read and comment on blog posts in the evenings. I usually have a decaf tea while I relax. As I get closer to triathlon season I will need to start using a few of the “after kids go to bed time” to swim or pedal on the indoor trainer.
10:15 pm – shower time. I need a nice hot shower to relax my mind and body for sleep.
10:30 pm – bed time for me. I never have a problem falling asleep, go figure! 🙂
Now link up or hop around and check out how other moms and dads are doing it!
What does a typical day look like for you?
Do you workout in the morning, lunch or after work?