I am living my dream! I have a wonderful husband, three beautiful children (ages 1, 3 & 6) and I am lucky enough to be able to stay home with them – it’s not easy, we sacrifice some of the things we would like in order to afford it, but it is what we want for our family. I love knowing that I am able to make breakfast for them every morning, walk the oldest to and from school and I’m right there if they need me. The trade-off with this is that I don’t always allow enough time for me. I don’t get a lunch break, I don’t get breaks, I don’t have that alone time in the car driving to or from work. Please don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining! I love what I do and wouldn’t trade it for anything! However, I have recently come to the realization that I need to balance things better, to build that “me time” into my day.
I like order. I like lists. I like a plan. I turned 39 this summer and my plan is to start my next decade in the best shape of my life. I have always been active, I’ve never had a problem with my weight, but after three pregnancies, I can see a few places that could use some work. I also don’t feel my fitness level is where it should be, just walking isn’t cutting it. That was my plan, but this final year of my 30s is not starting out according to that plan. After all of the craziness with having three kids at home with me all summer, I was looking forward to back-to-school and getting back into a health and fitness routine. With back-to-school, comes creepy-crawly little germs and I ended up hacking for 6 weeks; I tried to convince myself that all the coughing was working out my abs! It was tough just walking up the stairs, so my usual walks were out of the question. Now that I have recovered from that, I was once again readying for my return to fitness and the other morning I woke up with vertigo. COME ON! I’m just getting ready to turn 40; my warranty can’t be expiring yet! I am working with a doctor to treat the vertigo, but I realize that with each day that passes, it is one day lost in my plan to get in shape. These set-backs weren’t written on a list or scheduled on the calendar!! Don’t they know I need order?
I’ve been researching different fitness programs and have found one that really interests me. I’ve already started following some of their eating recommendations and am really enjoying the recipes they provide. I will post more after I begin the program. I am looking forward to getting started and sharing my progress and results!
If you have any recommendations for how you successfully make time to focus on yourself, please share. I’d love the input.