When we were in our oblivious no-children 20s’ (just a year or so ago:)) time was in abundance. We had no trouble fitting our commitments into the 24 hours we were given and could in principal waste time on whatever more or less pointless activities we wanted to.
Things change dramatically from the day you put your first little kiddo on this planet (not to mention the second one:)), suddenly your time is not yours anymore, and there is this little person who needs you to be around and be present, most parts of the day. And when it’s nap time, you have a million other things to do, like restock diapers, clean up the dishes and throw the baby clothes spread out all over the house into the laundry basket. Life as you know it is over, right? Well, it doesn’t have to be like that. You need to apply your organizational skills. For example, it’s when I had my first kid, that I finally realized the value in putting things back in their place, the beauty of being able to find things is immense. Haha, yah, I was a bit late in that department:). The same organization had to be applied to everything and a lot of prioritization had to be made.
When it came to my own fitness, finding the time to go to the gym was tough. Hence, I needed to become smarter! I had to educate myself and maximize the time-investment. Time away from your children has to count, whether it be at work, or in the gym. You have to feel that you are spending the time wisely.
I have worked out on and off throughout my life, but never with the kind of motivation I have had after my second child. I have never been in such good physical state as I am right now, and I am still far from where I want to be. I organize my day to ensure I get that one hour in the gym, and on a weekly basis I prepare my meals. It’s the only way, otherwise my well-being will end up last priority again, and that’s not good for anyone. When you don’t feel good about yourself and you don’t have enough energy, you can easily become annoyed by things that you normally wouldn’t even reflect on, and end up blaming every man and his dog for the fact that you are not taking care of yourself. It’s YOUR job to take care of YOU, and with kids, we just have to be that little bit smarter about it, to make sure we succeed and it yields the results we are aiming for.
Here is my weekly routine, at a glance:
Saturday: Meal prep for 3 working days ahead (Sun, Mon, and Tue)
Sunday: 12 noon – Session one (usually legs, glutes, and calves, but I do switch it up)
Monday: 12 noon – Session two (usually shoulders, triceps, and maybe some treadmill incline jogging)
Tuesday: 12 noon – Session three (back, biceps)
Wednesday: Rest day – Cheat meal day (yummiiiii)
Meal prep for next 2 days (Thu and Fri)
Thursday: 12 noon – Session four (usually legs, glutes and calves, similar to Session one)
As you can see, I work out during my lunches. I arrive a little earlier to the office then my colleagues, and then I take a longer lunch to enable a 1 hour workout, and a quick shower afterwards.
That’s that, Mumz, I hope I gave you some inspiration and pushed you to get out there and research the type of workouts and schedules best suitable for your goals. In the end of the day, we all have an idea of how we want to look and feel, and if you educate yourself and organize things (and sometimes even people) around you, there is no reason why you can’t get there!