The Reality of Motherhood

So it has yet again, been awhile.  I set the goal to work more on my blog and within the first few days, your goal disintegrates.  POOF!  Just like that!  Just like trying to lose those “last 10lbs.”  Hmm….funny how that happens huh?

I’m sure every single one of you has had that happen.  Not the need of trying to lose those last 10 lbs, but starting something with the best of intentions and then life happens, you get sidetracked, you forget, you lose focus.  Whatever it maybe.  It just doesn’t become high on the priority list, especially when you have kids.

I mean with a ten-year old and a four-year old, who has time to think most of the time, let alone put it into words.  By the time I get them in bed and it’s quiet, I want to crash in bed.  Just ask my husband!  “Alone time” with my husband?  After the kids have gone to bed?  You mean I have to be sexy?!  What the what??!  HA!  Just give me my blankie and pillow!  Yes I am aware my husband may or may not read this and will probably be shaking his head, but I’m just being real here and I know I’m not the only one out there.  It’s not that we don’t want that time with them, but we do sooo much for our families, that when it’s time to crash, we just crash!

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Am I right or am I RIGHT?!?!

Who knew as a mother AND a wife so much of our time would be dictated by others? Nothing was ever mentioned about this in a book, in that Young World class that Mrs. Lesser (and we, as a class, had so much fun with her!), or for Heaven’s sake by our OWN mothers?  MA?!?!  Come on!  You were holding out on me!  Oh wait I know why!  Because we want revenge on our own kids!  AH HA!  I figured it out!

Heck I tell my own daughter, if she doesn’t have kids when she gets older, I will adopt some for her!  You know, just like you do animals!  Go down to the pound and pick out the right one!  That’s how it works right?!?  I mean it’s all about attempting to raise your kids right, not screw them up, teach them to be strong, independent individuals that are kind souls, do right in the world and help others as they can right?!  What’s a little payback to them for all that they “put us” through?!  Hardy Har Har!  Okay, seriously though I’m JUST KIDDING!  I know that’s not how one goes about it, and I know that kids aren’t for everyone, but I have to laugh and say what I know some of you are thinking.

Okay, so back where I started.  Got sidetracked again.  SQUIRREL!  HA!

So as busy mothers, we try to take on more tasks, or get this brilliant idea that we are going to do something new in our lives for US, but how do we fit that in?   How do we find the time to take care of those tiny little humans that we created, care and show affection to the love of our lives and then of course still take care of those furbabies that have been added to the family over the years that those little humans promised to feed and water so that “you don’t have to,” PLUS take care of the house and (GASP!), try to work outside of the home?!  Oh Lordy!  I mean come on those tiny little humans and the spouse want to eat every. Single. Night!  COME ON!  That’s a lot of commitment dude!

So where in all of that do we find time for ourselves and still manage to survive the day without taking someone’s head off?!  I mean it’s no wonder that one in FOUR middle-aged women take a prescription med for mental health!  (You can check out the article here.)  Oh yeah….we get up at the butt crack of dawn or we stay up til the butt crack of dawn.  Take your pick.  One or the other!  Or both, I mean who needs sleep anyway right?  Sleep is overrated anyway right?!?

This is where I take advantage of early mornings.  I get up, exercise and then head out to my oasis and get to work.

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I mean what mother doesn’t have SIPPY CUPS in their oasis?!  Or is littered with toys?!  It’s amazing at how much stuff I can get accomplished though at 6 am!  The world is yet to awaken (or at least at my house, husband, kids, OR animals for that matter), I mean I get out to my usual running location on my run days and the parking lot is filled right now with those bikers and fellow runners who are out trying beat the heat and humidity here in good ol’ Oklahoma.

I am the first one to tell you I am NOT a morning person.  I am not a night owl either.  I like my uninterrupted sleep of 8 hours just like everyone else, but let’s face it, once you become a mother, that doesn’t happen regularly!  Some nights its 4-5 hours of sleep, occasionally it’s 9 hours of sleep, but on average it’s more like 6-7 hours of sleep and then I’m doing good.  I don’t know what your average is, but that’s mine at least.  I would rather sacrifice a little bit of sleep and feel good about myself, all while feeling accomplished in my day.

Despite all the time though that I put into my family and making sure they are all happy and healthy, I seriously love them to pieces and wouldn’t trade them for the world.  They keep me sane (and drive me insane some days!) and grounded and love me regardless.

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What do you Super Moms do to make it through your day?

 

I want to know!

Kim 🙂

 

 

 

This, That and the Other

Boy as I look at my website and try to decide what I want to do with it, I just can’t figure it out.  I always seem to get in my most thoughtful moods, when I’m NOT at my computer.  Imagine that!  So frustrating!

2015 was a rough year for me and I know for many others as well.  We sold our old house, moved into a rental house and lived there for 6 months while our new house was being built which meant going out to the build site every day to see progress and taking pictures, going to stores to pick out tile, carpet and flooring and many others.  It was an amazing experience, but definitely stressful and tiresome.  So glad my husband and I agreed on everything.  With living in temporary housing it meant a loss of space for our kids as well as myself.  They had a share a room which meant transitioning a three-year old to a new way which was very tiresome taking on a new job at the same time.  Now that we are in our new house, trying to transition him back to his own room is proving to be another challenge.  Here we are three months into living in our new house and it is still a nightly fight.  He even got a new big boy bed that is in the shape of a Jeep and he wants to still sleep with his sister.  Ughh!  Have I ever mentioned how trying three-year olds are?!?

Not only did my kids have a share a room, but I gave up my office space along with my workout area.  I made do often working from the couch, but not having my structured setting at my desk where I could live myself notes and things to do the next day.  My workout area at first was the livingroom then it slowly got taken over with new furniture and kid toys invading it.  It’s amazing at how much we moms give up for our families.

Now that we are in our new house and we made it through the holidays and our Disney World trip right before Christmas, it only made sense to start focusing on our health again which had been a huge challenge in 2015 with house showings, trips to the build site and two moves meant lots of eating out for convenience.  Which led to a 15lb weight gain.  No amount of Shakeology or working out will keep you from gaining weight if you still continue to eat poorly.  I want to be honest with everyone on that.  2015 was a year of reaching family goals, but a year of some sacrifice and making poor choices in nutrition.  Now that is all in the past, we have made choices and sacrifices as  a family to make our health our #1 priority.  I have my workout room back so now I have been getting up every morning before everyone else to get a workout in, for that happens to be Hammer and Chisel.  Running has taken a step back and is sitting on the back burner as I have dealt with a sinus infection off and on all year-long last year.  Going to the doctor and being told it was just viral with it never going away.  Finally getting medication for it right before Thanksgiving time and starting to feel better only to have it come right back after the medication was gone.  I finally broke down and scheduled an appointment with an ENT at the beginning of January only to have it confirmed with a CT scan that all of my sinuses except my frontal were pretty darn full.  Of all things, this is not for me, as the one bodily fluid I can’t stand to see is, snot!  BLEH!  When my kids have running noses, they get sent to Dad!  So with all the pressure and congestion, I am scheduled for a sinus surgery on February 19th to have them cleaned out, ballooned and to fix my deviated septum.  I’m hoping once all of this is done, I can once again breathe and be able to run again without my heart rate sky rocketing because breathing is so difficult.

With that being said I am currently on day 12 of Hammer and Chisel and I am loving it!  So far I have only encountered one workout that doesn’t include weights, which is a change of pace for me and I am truly enjoying it.  I do though that I need to get heavier weights as I am doubling up on my lighter weights and gripping TWO weights in one hand is rather difficult with my tiny hands.

I am hoping to get a few friends going on Hammer and Chisel and running so I can have some accountability along the way with it and get back to running my half marathons.  I have goals to crush!   If you are ready to get started, just let me know and we will get you going.  If not for you, but for someone else, send them my way!  I truly need the accountability.

Who is ready to join me??

What is BuluBox?

So as a Sweat Pink ambassador I got the opportunity to try out and see what a Bulu Box was all about!  I’ve heard of various other “Boxes” where you get to sample various different brands of certain types of items (i.e. Bark Box=dog item samples), well Bulu Box is all about health and well being.

What comes with a Bulu Box you might ask?  A Bulu Box comes with 4-5 vitamin, supplements, or healthy snack samples to try out.  Every sample that is shipped out is also available in full-size in the Bulu Box Shop.  Bulu Box comes in a subscription based shipment in either 3, 6, or 12 month subscriptions at Bulubox.com.  One of the many benefits of having a Bulu Box subscription is the rewards program.  Each month subscribers can take a quick sample survey about the samples that they received in their box that month in exchange for 10 reward points for each sample.  That’s 50 reward points!  For every 50 points you will receive $5 to use towards the purchase of any full-size product on Bulubox.com.  Pretty cool if you ask me!

This is what my Bulu Box looked like.  It came with a fiber supplement, 2 Quest protein powders, Movit energy gummies, a snack bar and an anti itch cream that came in pretty handy with all of our recent mosquitos!  All of it came in pretty hand for me as a runner.  Some items I liked and others not so much, but hey that’s what a sample box is for right?!?

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I highly recommend a Bulu Box subscription for anyone that likes to try out various products to find out the best item(s) for you.

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Rooster Day Run 15k

So I started this post back on the day of my race and then got sidetracked with other things, typically my full-time job and my family and basically not having enough hours in my day to do everything that I need and want to.  I think that is life in general though, don’t you agree?

So my race went better than I actually expected.  My unspoken goal was 90 minutes as I have only ever done one other 15k and it was while I was training for something else, so I was much better conditioned then I was coming into this.

This race actually took place on my “turf” if you want to call it that.  I always run out along this route.  Always some hill work involved and some good flat areas as well.  Plus not to mention I love the scenery!

So the race had a fairly late start compared to most races with a gun time of 8:30 am, which I think is mainly in part due to the fact this IS a family friendly race which I love.  I got to sleep in compared to most other races and get up at 7 am.  I had my usual whole wheat toast with PB, half of a banana and some honey.  This works perfect for me.  I good amount of complex carbs, protein and easy energy with the banana and honey.  Once I had my breakfast and got dressed, I headed to the race venue.  One of my favorite things to watch is the fun run.  I love being able to watch the kids and families take part in a healthy lifestyle together.  Plus I love watching the competitiveness of the little ones!  They melt my heart!

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After the fun run got underway, they got set up for the 5k and the 15k.  We were both starting together, which I kept having to remind myself in the beginning to pull back on the reigns as I kept wanting to stay up with those doing the 15k.  We looped around the park and then headed out towards NSU college grounds, which are absolutely gorgeous!  Somewhere around the NSU grounds is when a man came up and introduced himself as Mike.

I absolutely love the running community for the simple fact that everyone is typically friendly and will come up and just start talking.  This was Mike’s first run since his half marathon over a year ago.  His goal was under 90 minutes as well.  We chit chatted most of the way about our spouse’s and our kids and our “why” for running.  It’s so neat hearing everyone’s reason.  Along the way, he kept pointing out all of his B.A. Runner friends and even pointed out one that said he would give him $20 if he could pass him somewhere along the way.  Mike just chuckled and said he had to do this.  GAME ON!  Once we got onto the actual trail system where the hills start to take over, this is where I just look down and running becomes mechanical for me.  Right before the first big hill, we manage to come up to the gentleman that Mike said he had to pass.  Needless to say we did!

Hills are not enjoyable, but yet I find myself easily getting into a steady rhythm and pushing forward.  I began to pull away from Mike and he told me not to wait up and that he was going “to cry like a little girl up this hill.”  HA!  I just had to chuckle to myself and kept going.  Somewhere along the way after that first hill, Mike caught back up to me for a little bit before his running watched beeped at him, letting him know that his heart rate was too high so he kind of pulled back some.  We still have a few miles to go, so I pulled back some too as the sun was taking its toll on me and starting to get a little warm.  

I kept drinking more and more of my water and was getting towards the bottom of my bottle.  As we started up some more of the smaller hills, Mike slowed down and I just pushed forward.  The last mile was rough as you could see the finish line the whole way.  It was just pure torture as it was too hot for me at this point.

I felt like the ending was rather uneventful as I had pushed myself enough during the whole course that I had no umph to finish it off with.  I was happy to see though that I had beat my goal and even set an PR for my 15k time!

Another great year for the Rooster Day run!

Putting that Puzzle Together

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So I must say, I have had the most AMAZING week!  I got in all of my scheduled workouts and I even managed to keep a 7 day run streak going!  For those that don’t know what that is, it’s where you run AT LEAST one mile every day.  I felt so good when I did it last year, so I’m wanting to try it again just to help me get back into running since I took some time off after my marathon last November.

So since my time is short with work for the next two weeks still, I have been doing T25 in the mornings before work.  It’s gone well, however 5 am wake up calls sure are rough, followed by getting the kids ready for school and the babysitter and then 9 hours days at work.   It just blows my mind how different I feel from the 8 hour work days on Tuesdays to the 9 hour work days on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.  Thursdays are my saving grace since I only have to work 5 hours those days.  Getting to Thursdays though are the rough part!

So for all you working mamas out there that think it’s impossible to get your exercise in, IT’S NOT!  You can do it!  Just have to decide what’s more important.  Exercising is healthy and our bodies need it.  *steps off my soap box*

So I made it through my busy work week, let’s add in among work there was gymnastics on Mondays and Girl Scouts on Wednesday, Thursday morning I spent exercising, running errands and getting my house cleaned up.  However the thing that I was looking forward to the most was Saturday.  Saturday morning I got to spend with some really strong and determined men and women and I loved every bit of it.  Yes I sat there quietly like I would normally, talking to some, but the whole time my mind was just going.  I felt the fire being re-lit and the determination sore.  Goals were flying in my head, but needed some quiet time following our meeting to get them organized and in order in my head.    Then to top it off, I logged nine miles in today and had even more time to focus on and organize those goals.

Goals are necessary for everyone, without them we lack drive and ambition.  Just ask yourself, if your life stayed the same as it is now, would you be happy?  Do you want to change and grow more than you want to stay the same?  I think you do.  In fact….I know you do.  So what do you do to change and grow?  Why you make goals!

Set those goals high enough that you have to work for them but yet attainable.  WRITE THEM DOWN!  Visualize what it is that you want to accomplish.  Put them somewhere you will see them daily.  Goals can be personal goals, they can be fitness or health related, they can be spiritual or even financial.  They can be MULTIPLE goals.  The key is doing something every day that gets you one step closer to them.

So with that being said you will see that drive from me, more focused on what it is I want.  More focused on what it is I love and am passionate about.  I have the best support system ever and plan on working towards bettering myself, my family and those that I come in contact with.

 

I.  Am.  Determined.

 

Are you?

 

What are five goals that you have?

13 days to go….

So after today, I only have 13 more days to go til my 15k at the Rooster Days run on May 2nd.  It’s been awhile since I have raced, November 23rd to be exact.  After my marathon, my drive to run was just shot.  I was burnt out to say the least and with all of a sudden change that happened in our life, I had little time and energy for it with selling a house and moving.

So now it’s back on and I have been running at least 3 times a week now for the last 4 weeks or so and it has been a struggle.  Not so much getting it done, but my speed is just not there like it was, but I will keep pushing because I know it will come back, I just need to get my lungs built back up.

So today I ran 8 miles and it went well, however the last half mile my right foot and arch started in with a stabbing pain.  Got home and took my usual bath post long run and then got ready for our afternoon out as a family.  I will still hobbling around some but not too bad.  Well we ended up going to the zoo and walked around for a good 3 hours and throughout that my foot just kept in with the sharp pain more and more.   So now I find myself sitting in my recliner with my feet propped up, Ibuprofen taken, frozen water bottle in hand (or under foot rather) and doing a few stretches here or there.  I’m pretty sure I know what it is and hoping it’s better by tomorrow.  If not, I may have to treat myself at work.  Perks of working at a physical therapy clinic I suppose.

Anyway, here is to feeling better tomorrow and getting prepped for my race!

 

Do you have any upcoming races?

I think I disappeared!

Wow!  Has it really been almost 3 months since I have posted?!!? HOLY COW!  Who knew taking a new job would suddenly render me out of commission on blogging.  Who knew that by adding ONE MORE hour to a normal work day, would leave someone so utterly tired with feet KILLING me that I would only come home, eat dinner with the family and zonk out as soon as the kids were in bed only to wake up and do it the very next day.

So if you remember from my last post back in February that I had taken a new job at an outpatient clinic.  Enjoyed it for the most part except the long days and the constant running around the clinic (I averaged over 10,000 steps a day just at the clinic alone!).  My husband was able to make his work schedule fit our family’s needs, however it grew to be more and more difficult.  He ended up losing his co-worker and friend at the end of February and life became chaotic from then on.  He would have to get up at the crack of dawn to get started so that in hopes our son wouldn’t have to spend the entire day at the sitter, however it didn’t always work out.  An overnight out-of-state trip here, several long, trying days there, selling a house, a week-long move since I was unable to take days off, potty training, and getting acclimated to a new house with a 8-year-old and a 2-year-old and completely new hours for school and work ALL while trying to learn a new job, someone just had another plan for our family.  We can say we tried, however it was just not meant to be.  So beginning May 11th, I am going back to my old job, so that I may have the flexibility in my schedule that my family needs.  No longer will I have to try to wake my cranky (now 3-year-old) up at the crack of dawn and get him up and functioning, fed, dressed and out the door, while dropping both him and my daughter off at school because she can no longer ride the bus from our new neighborhood.  No longer will I come home about 6:15 to find that my husband was doing his best to throw a meal together so that I wouldn’t have to do that after a 9+ hour day.  No longer will this momma only exist to her family, but she will be back on her feet (without them hurting or the sharp, shooting pains that come from the uncomfortable shoes I had to wear), enjoying time once again with her husband and kids like she should be.

 

Life isn’t all about making the money in life.  Life is about making ends meet and enjoying what you have in front of you.  As I eagerly count the days until my return back to my previous work family (whom I GREATLY missed), I will enjoy what I have learned thus far at my new job, be thankful for the new bonds I have formed  and the people who I have met, however my first priority is my family at home.  Our happiness and health is most important.

 

What have YOU been up to lately?

Day #1

So day number one went off without  hitch!  Meals were good as I’m following my 21 Day Fix meal plan and was active most of the day with the nice weather and trying to get things ready for the week ahead.  We had a showing today of the house so had to get in some cleaning as well.

I started out my day with getting to sleep in til 8 (hey once you have kids this IS sleeping in!), laid in bed for a while checking in with my groups and such and then got up and got breakfast made for the family  and did a couple of loads of laundry.  Have I mentioned how I loathe laundry?!?  I do!  I do!  Despise laundry!  It should do itself, however that’s a whole new post that I’m sure no one wants to read about! HA!

Once I got a few things done around the house, I managed to get changed and headed out to enjoy the beautiful weather we had today and logged a few miles in for the day.  Three to be exact.  Not as many as I would have liked, but I was running low on time til the showing and it was the first time running outside in a while so I wasn’t quite sure how I would fair.  Let’s just say I got it done and no it wasn’t pretty.  I ran up and down our road, which is exactly a half a mile, til I got my miles in.  Going one way there is a slight incline and going the other way I was running into a strong headwind.  Needless to say, it was a little rough, but I got’er done!

Once back home, I hurried and got the house straightened up and then took the kids while they were showing the house to go run some errands while my husband got to take his four-wheeler out to the lake.  I even managed to get my all car all cleaned up and shiny!  WOO HOO!!

Once we got back home, I got more exercise in working out in the yard, picking up sticks, pulling weeds, trimming the yard and cleaning out the koi pond.  I even noticed that a few things are starting to sprout in the yard.  Love seeing the first signs of spring!

Husband even got the grill out so we could enjoy that with the nice weather and then last but not least got my P90x day 1 in.  I absolutely love P90x.  It’s simple, straight forward and to the point.  I love the fatigued feeling my arms get when I know they had a good workout in.

 

What did you do today?

 

Where have I been?!?

So you may have been wondering where I have been?  It’s been awfully quiet around here for a while now and I apologize.  It’s been chaotic lately.  We are currently trying to sell our home (yes with TWO kids and I do NOT recommend trying this!) and then work was very slow but sporadic. You would think if work was slow I would have more time on my hands right?  NO!  Notice the word sporadic?  That is the KEY word!  It would be slow but then I would try to pick up visits when I had the opportunity even if it was only for a day or so.  Not fun!

So this past week, I started a new job.  I still had a few visits I had to fit in for my home health position so I would see them in the morning and then go straight to the new job.  While I love my patients and I love my new job, doing both was starting to wear me down.  By Wednesday when I got home I was dead dog tired and come Thursday, my feet were just KILLING me!  Luckily my wonderful husband sat down Thursday evening and was willing to massage them for me.  (AND he was so helpful and cooked ALL week-long as well I might add!)

Today while they were showing our house a second time for the day, he took me out and got me some shoes that didn’t kill my feet.  Looking forward to testing them out come Monday, although I will definitely enjoy my time off between now and then.

Now that I will be with a set schedule, this next week will be my time to get accustomed to it and get things in line and back on track.  I will be having to get up much earlier than with my old job, like an hour and a half earlier.  YIKES!   However it is not far from my house at all.  My goal is to get home on my lunch hour and get my workout in, eat, change and get back to the clinic, so that in the evenings I can get my runs in at least 4 days a week.

Which leads me into goals for the week:

1)  Drinking at least 75 oz of water

2)   Getting in 3 strength workouts

3)  Getting in at least 3 runs

Keeping it fairly simple this week as I get accustomed to this new schedule

 

What are your goals for the week?  I want to hear them so they will help us both stay on track.

Happy New Year! Bring on 2015!

So one of my goals this year is to be more active on my blog.  I often think of things to write during the day, then when I get home and the chaos of kids hits and I hit writer’s block.  Doesn’t make for a successful blog let me tell ya!

Another thing I’m hoping to help change this year is the way fellow moms think.  Just recently I had a mom tell me that I was selfish of all things for spending so much time exercising and worrying about my health versus spending it with my family and taking care of my kids.  HELLO?!??!  How else is mom suppose to remain healthy?  Exercising is NOT being selfish especially as a mom.  I feel kids learn by their parents setting an example and how is it when mom is eating crap and not taking care of herself a good example for her children.  Here she is worrying about whether they eat their veggies and what not and then she “don’t have time” to do that for herself?  I call bullshit!   Excuse my language, but this is something I am very passionate about.

I’m pretty sure kids will grow up just fine and not to mention learn some independence in the process, if mom isn’t focused on them 100% of the time.  If kids get 100% of your time and effort, think of it as them learning to be selfish.  It is alright if you take 30-60 minutes of your day to focus on YOUR health.   Exercising is NOT about “being skinny” or “looking good.”  It’s about being HEALTHY and planting those seeds in your children so that they learn the value of making good decisions.

Not only will mom’s health improve from daily exercise, but so will her stress levels, her self esteem and her overall life/marriage.  As my friend says “happy mommas, make happier families!”  RIGHT ON!

In another recent conversation with a fellow mom who was worried about her health, however did not want to lose anytime with her babies.  What about when your health is suffering and you can’t truly enjoy your time with your kids 100% because you are in pain or discomfort or just uncomfortable in general?  How is that any better?  How is it any better that you spent ALL your time focused on your family and kids and then you are disabled or even worse gone at a young age because you didn’t spend the time to focus on you either?  Your kids and family NEED you even after they are grown.  Trust me, I know this from a fact.  Losing my dad at the age of 19 was devastating.  Granted it has been what makes me so passionate about health and wellness, but it also lead to many tears over the years of the things that I was deprived of.  Having my dad walk me down the aisle.  The support from him going through a divorce.  Knowing that my dad had met my husband.  The list goes on and on and I’m sure it’s not over with.

Take the time to work on your health. Please!  I beg all of you mom and even dads out there. It doesn’t have to be much.  Thirty minutes daily is all that is really required.  That is a fraction of your day.  Show your kids what it truly means to be healthy and lead by example.

Plant those seeds and stop thinking/feeling like your being selfish by focusing on your health this year.  Your whole families health depends on it.