Three kids, a husband on the road, manager of the family business and the home, and Chris? partner in crime in the transformation world?.how do I do all of this and manage to stay fit , you ask?!? HOWEVER and whenever I can!
I?ll be completely honest, NO TWO DAYS are EVER the same. In fact, each day throws a new twist, turn, challenge or wrench into my spokes. It?s all a big juggling act. Here?s a little peek into my life at home with the kids when Chris is on the road 🙂
Time to wake up and get the kids ready for school! As Matix and Marley are showering and getting dressed, I decided to sneak in some wall calve-raises before I head out because I never know what my day will look like and when I?ll actually be able to sneak away for a full workout! And let?s face it ? of all the muscles on my body, my calves are lacking and can use all the help they can get! I love how no matter what I?m doing, the kids join in! Go Cash!
I?m actually on time today to drive the kids to school ? Yay for me! Load the family in the car with my breakfast on the go today. What is it you ask? A 100% whey protein shake (100 calories) and a couple HEART-y Blueberry Oatmeal muffins (75 calories each = 150 calories total). I made a bunch of these a couple days ago and keep them handy for easy breakfast and healthy snacking. Kids love them too! Ps ? I usually start my day with a Powell Perfect shake, but I ran out early this month after I went on an experimental baking streak with the powder! Anxiously awaiting next weeks shipment!!!
Me time. After I drop the Matix and Marley off, I indulge in my daily guilty pleasure ? Starbucks iced coffee with one pump of mocha (no sweetener). Life just wouldn?t be the same without this green straw?my daily ?hug?.
It?s go time for me and Cash. My little buddy tags along as I knock out some errands and return calls. I?ll never feel caught up, but I use this as my time to chip away ? right now? 37 unopened texts, 28 voicemails, and 38 emails to get to. Not bad?it?s been much worse. Cashy chills in the back with his steamed sweet potato. Such a trooper that sweet little man is :-).
Well, by the time we got home, Cash was one big mashed sweet potato. He had more smeared all over him and his carseat than made it in his mouth :-). After a second bath, it?s playtime with little man. Out to the back yard we go so he can play on the swing set while Mom lunges around him (again?getting it in when I can). Eventually, Cash joins me for some squats :-). He cracks me up ? it?s so true though that the best way to teach is by example. KIDS WANT TO DO WHAT MOM AND DAD DO!! Next up ? snack time! Berries and apples for Cash, and for Mama it?s berries and greek yogurt.
Cash is finally down for a nap and time to crank away at more of my ever-growing list of things to do and people to call. At about one o?clock, I FORCE myself away from the computer for a much needed structured workout in the garage. I only have 30 minutes before my next conference call, so I get to it!!
Whoops! My workout took me right up to the call time, so I didn?t get my post-workout meal in. After the call, I quickly gather some leftovers before I leave to pick up the kids from school. One the menu today: grilled chicken (thank you, Alicia, for making this for us!) with leftover homemade gluten-free, cheese-less, veggie pizza. MMMMmmmm?best gluten free crust ever!
Time to pick up the kids from school and run them to their after school activities. Today, it?s gymnastics for both – keeping our kids active!
Home from gymnastics and it?s dinnertime ? tonight, we?re having brown rice pasta with extra lean ground beef and saut?ed bell peppers. One of my favorites, and luckily the kids love it too! I?m sure to make plenty to last us the next couple days (gotta prep in advance with such busy lifestyle!).
Thank you to my wonderful friends and family, I get lots of help when I need it most. Uncle Denver stops by for some pasta and stays to tutor Matix while I help Marley with her homework and get Cash ready for bed. THANK YOU!!!!!
Yes!! Dad has an unexpected break in production, so we get to iChat with him! Most of the iChat time is spent watching Cash run circles, make messes and draw on the chalkboard while his brother and sister egg him on and laugh :-). Best family time we can get with Daddy 1000 miles away!
Cash goes to bed and Matix and Marley do ALL they can to push their bedtime ;). Marley tells me she wants to workout?how can I say no to that? We do a quick 4 minute family tabata workout with Mountain Climbers. They kill it and are so proud of their accomplishment – Mom is too!
4 minutes later…ON the DOT?not a minute after we finish Tabata, kids are (against their will) put to bed. What next? ME time?.and no, this isn?t spent watching TV, reading magazines, or doing my nails (although I need a mani/pedi terribly). Nope, time to hop back on the computer and catch up on all of the work that I couldn?t get done throughout the day. PRAYING for a 10pm bedtime, but gosh?the texts, emails, and calls have all grown tremendously, as is my list of TO-DO?s. The inbox will never be empty, I?ve accepted that, but I?ll try to get as close as I can, one day at a time :-). One thing to sweeten the night? A coconut cashew Quest Bar! Mmmmm.
Bedtime for me?missing my man, but proud of him for his huge sacrifice to make this world a better place. 🙂