Finding ‘ME’ Time as a Stay-At-Home Working Mother of 3

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Today was one of the busiest days I’ve had in a long time. (And it’s still not over!). Feeling grateful for the opportunity to work from home doing what I love and not have to commute to and from work in this godforsaken snow. Plus, there’s the added bonus of being home with my children.

But, I’ve gotta make it all work and sneak in time for myself which can be especially difficult with three children.

Here’s how I made today work:

6:15am – Yoga (me time before kids wake)
8:00am – School Drop Off
8:30am – Cardio (fun me time with kids)
9:15am – Family Snack Time
10:00am – study, lecture and exam
11:30am – Lunch Prep
11:45am – Family Lunch while doing online work
12:15pm – Get Kiddos into naps
1:00pm – Teach Butts and Guts (believe it or not, me time!)
1:50pm – Feed & change screaming baby
2:30pm – Husband offered to pick up son from school and take him to after school activities. Record Workouts for clients instead while baby coos and giggles at me.
4:00pm – Dinner Prep
5:30pm – private client (cxcl’d) – played
Candy Crush while daughter cheered me on.
6:00pm – dinner
7:00pm – teach Arms & Abs (me time again!)
7:50pm – help son fill out Valentine’s
8:30pm – LATE bedtime routine (baths, teeth, feedings, changing)
9:00pm – kids and husband to bed. (Daughter is still boycotting as I post this and giving me the stare down guilt trip face)
9:30pm – Edit Workout Videos while sipping favorite tea and eating chocolate or toasted coconut.
10:00pm – BED.

There are a couple of things in my schedule that are hard set and immovable. These include my morning yoga, morning cardio, meal times and my bed time. Without these in the foundation of my day, the rest of my day suffers as does my attitude. The reason why I work from home is so that I can spend more time with my children and be available to them when they need me. If I’m not caring for myself and having moments to “timeout” during the day, then I can’t function. Now granted, I’m one of those people who enjoys the challenge of staying incredibly busy, so this works for me, but it really is all about balance. While I consider teaching classes “me time” it’s only because I truly love what I do. Do I teach/train clients every day? No…but on those days, I replace the time I’d normally use working with something else that I love that very well may not be work related.

On most days, this is some kind of exercise or play with my children where I have to stay active. Doing cardio in front of my kids not only teaches them that exercise is fun, but it also makes them laugh. (What else is sillier than watching mommy jump up and down?) On other days, it’s painting, knitting or just sitting and playing blocks with my daughter.

Whatever it is, I have to enjoy it. If I don’t enjoy what I’m doing, I forget to enjoy those in my life that I love the most who make it their first priority to grab my attention and spend some time with me. These little reminders serve to keep me present and always remember that self care comes before anything and anyone else. It’s THAT important.

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I’ve Never Been a Fan of Yoga…Until Tonight

I’ve always been one of those people that has found yoga a bit underwhelming.  The standing still…the heavy breathing…the sweaty air…and sometimes the passing of unpleasing gas from fellow yogis has always left me feeling, well a little less than thrilled.  Well, tonight all that changed.

After feeling incredibly sore after teaching my Butts & Guts Class last night, I knew that tonight’s workout would need to be a recovery workout.  But, I didn’t feel like doing your run of the mill foam roll and stretch session, so I decided to take a gander at some yoga apps in the iTunes Store.  I clicked on a few here and there, not really finding any of them appealing.  Then I clicked on FitStar Yoga. The reviews were ok, and I had just gotten both of my youngest babies asleep, so I decided to give it a try.  (It was also a free download)

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To start, it took me through a fitness test that was 18 minutes long and 46 poses in total.  I was able to rate the difficulty of each pose as I went through the fitness test much to my surprise, I was finding myself relaxing AND getting a great stretch.  So, I kept going and before I knew it, found myself looking for the next workout.

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Scrolling through, I found more workouts, but the ones I wanted to try were locked so I thought maybe I’d check out the membership option…you know…just incase I might want to TRY this yoga thing.  WELL…I’m hooked.

I bougbetter-tara-2ht it for the entire year for $29.99 that included unlimited workouts, full support, and CUSTOMIZATION ($7.99/month option too). After my second CUSTOMIZED yoga workout for the night, (with membership you can request how difficult the workout is) I’m looking forward to many more days of trying out this app.  Who knew the anti-yogi would go for the yoga app?  Well, at this point, I’m feeling relaxed, stretched out and recovered which is what ANY mother of 3 wants after a long day home with the kids!! Yay for yoga!

Happy Fitstar Yoga Workouts to come!