Many times I speak casually with people who are in awe that I am able to juggle a full-time job, daily workout and family. I read countless articles about how women can “have it all” or “fit it all in” and wonder why so many find it challenging to even have time to workout. At times in my life, I, too, have had difficulty fitting in a workout but it’s always been due to a new baby! That is probably the one wild card that throws everything off-balance. But, I always return to a state of equilibrium as the babies grow. Today, I have a 3-year-old, 7-year-old and 10-year-old so things are getting easier in terms of finding time for me.
Nonetheless, I thought I’d take a stab at taking you through my typical day so you can see how I fit things in. Now, one caveat is that it’s now summer. That means work is slower, I’m not teaching my two classes and the kids are not in school. The fall edition of this schedule looks quite different! But, we’ll return to that in a few months!
5:05 a.m. Alarm
5:15 a.m. Leave for gym with pre-workout shake
5:30 a.m. Workout – drink BCAAs during workout
6:30 to 6:45 a.m. Leave gym with protein shake
6:45 to 7 a.m. Arrive home for shower
7 to 7:15 a.m. Leave for work
7:30 a.m. Arrive at work
9:30 a.m. Grab breakfast at Starbucks
12 p.m. Lunch
2:30 p.m. Afternoon snack
4:30 p.m. Leave work
4:45 p.m. Arrive home and prepare dinner while cleaning up, etc.
5:30 p.m. Dinner
Prepare lunch and snacks for next day, add powders to shaker
bottles, lay out gym and work clothes for next day
6:30 p.m. Bathe Christopher
6:45 p.m. Hang out with Christopher and Lucia
7:15 p.m. Read to Christopher and get him into bed
7:45 p.m. Read to Lucia and get her into bed
Head to the couch with my cross-stitching, book, phone and wine.
This is also my time with Maria. I also fill out my workout/food log
and review the next day’s workout.
9:45 p.m. Maria goes to bed.
10 to 10:30 p.m.
Hang out with my husband (lots of times I fall asleep WAY before
now, though. 5:05 a.m. comes early!)
So, there you have it! My full day. I do most of the house cleaning on weekends. My husband also pitches in and we’re neat people so we pick up after ourselves daily. He also handles the majority of the laundry but I help fold in the evenings and we both keep it going all weekend.
In the fall, there are also more evening activities, I make lunches and prep the kids’ school things and I have to squeeze in grading for my two classes. Plus, I get home from work later, as well. My husband is back in school, as well. In the summer, we only have swimming lessons on Wednesday evenings so it’s not too bad. My husband takes care of piano lessons on Monday afternoons. He also takes care of getting the kids to their daytime summer activities.
Christopher is continuing to attend daycare most days. Maria will head to the Geek Squad Academy two-day workshop later this week. Both girls start summer camp July 10. So, we’re staying as busy as possible this summer!
As you can see, “wine time” is only about an hour or two at the very end of my day. It’s when I wind down and enjoy a glass or two with my husband. Wine for evening time, the end of a busy day. Cheers!