Addie, How do you stay healthy workout and make good choices being a working mother/father??
Thanks for any advice- Karen from Stoughton
ok thanks Karen for the questions..my answer…
I have no Fricken clue how you guys do it!! You working parents are my heros!! I don’t usually work out of the home or if i do leave kevin is home and i am not gone for that long. Yesterday I got a taste of what you guys dealing with being in a career and being a parent and a spouse. I left the house yesterday at 9:30 am and went to work and did not get home until 9:30pm. I am exhausted– I was exhausted last night when I got home and was not able to eat dinner yet– yes I had my two shakes that day and that held me over great and gave me the energy to get through my day but I tell ya when I got home I literally wanted to grab a bag of chips and lay in bed and watch Bravo. I can see now how you are too tired, too busy I get it now– holy cow do i get it….your boss, children and husband/wife should give you a metal and THANK YOU every single day for what you all do! It is crazy…… I couldn’t do it– I couldn’t. I believe God gives you only what you can handle and I know he knew I would not be able to handle being a working mother- nope……..Today I feel as though someone beat the crap out of me- I tried to workout this morning and I had NO energy what so ever. I am still wanting to grab comfort food on this rainy day and watch movies with the kids all day and just veg out on the couch– its 8:30 am and I feel like its 8:30 pm. I am just off today– off…..the moral of this story is A.) you working parents , like I said before are AMAZING… and B.) Life is gonna throw us these days, these crazy crazy days that we just dont want too– we dont want to work, workout, eat healthy, be and adult…. and thats is ok– embrace those days… life is too short to be pissed off at these days you are just not feeling it- just take it all in and just be. Tomorrow is a new day!! It’s a Wedsnday today and I so badly want it to be a Saturday because that is my “cheat meal” day– but its not and if I really want that cheat meal today I am gonna have it– but. I will tell you this– before I make a bad choice I am going to get in my shakes and all my veggies FIRST– then I will reevaluate the situation…..
I did not grab a bag of chips last night and lay in bed watching Bravo– I had a bowl of veggie soup– 2 egg muffins and a salad.. i had a little halo top ice cream while doing some reading… I am proud that I did not give in to the temptations because today I do feel good about that at least…. My old self would have given in– I would have and i would have got up today feeling so much regret and bloated and miserable and tired that I would have threw in the towel for the week and started again on Monday! But not now– No- I know how my old ways work and how I felt and how things NEVER changed…nothing is going to change for the better unless you make a change. So you have a cheat meal– heck a cheat day….get up the NEXT DAY THE NEXT MEAL and start fresh– dont wait till Monday dont wait till vacation is over dont wait until summer is done— DO IT NOW!!
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Happy day friends!!
#tmiWow! Another year– it is crazy how the years go so so fast! 36 years old—-36…. I am sitting here thinking about the past 6 birthdays for me- what I was doing, where we were at in our lives. Since turning the big 3-0 what has all happened?!! I remember each birthday like they were yesterday, how I was thinking and how I was feeling.
30th Birthday- Went do dinner with some friends, woke up hungover and not pregnant
31st Birthday- Camping with family and got completely drunk and said horrible things to people woke up hungover throwing up all day– still not pregnant
32nd Birthday- Went camping just me and Kevin did a beer crawl on the golf cart– totally drunk woke up in the camper – no idea how we got there- hungover –decided I am SICK OF THIS- called my cousin Amanda she said its time …you can spend 20,000 dollars on a new vehicle or 20,000 dollars on something you want more than anything in the world. I will never forget that conversation that day with her– it changed my life!!! – still not pregnant
33rd Birthday- Woke up with two new babies that were about two months old– feeling amazing and so grateful and happy to be there momma! (What a difference a year can make)
34th Birthday- Woke up feeling so very blessed and aging didn’t bother me one bit as I was so happy at where my life had lead me
35th Birthday- Woke up with 2- 2 year olds and 2- 7 week old babies. Life was complete! Life was good. And busy at that!
36th Birthday- Woke up today feeling like I was so excited to get out of bed- I don’t care how old I am- I feel better now than I ever have ! I feel better at 36 than 26!! This is good– this is so so good- this life- my hubs is home my 2- 3 year olds are singing to me and my 2- 1year olds well they are just not crying at the moment so its a win win right now 🙂
My life– the past 6 years– I have been through some crap and I was very unhappy in those early 30’s to make me act the way that I did. When you are not at good place in your life it shows and when you are at a GREAT place in your life it shows too!
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People ask me all the time “How do you guys get by?”Four kids, two dogs and I am essentially a stay at home mom. I can see why people ask and wonder. So, basically I was not always this frugal, I guess you could call it. When I was working full time I made quite a good living but I also SPENT a lot of money! So when we became pregnant with twins and made the decision that I would be a SAHM we had to CUT out a ton of unneccesary spending. What did we do? Sold our brand new home- sold our two brand new vehicles- sold our camper. All of this added up to be a substantial savings. Now people ask me how do you afford to live a healthy lifestyle on one income?
*We drive old paid off vehicles- Kevin drives a 96 Malibu and i have a 2010 sienna that is dented in the side and has 100000 miles on it.
*I take hand me downs- not just for my kids for myself- my financially fortunate cousins give me bags and bags of clothes and I feel so excited I tell them its like i won the lottery when they clean out there closets!
* Most of my kids “new” clothing and shoes are from walmart
* I do 95 percent of my grocery shopping at ALDI! Including diapers. honestly there produce is SO much better than other big name stores
* We NEVER eat out unless special occasion – like Saturday’s maybe a Culver’s or Pizza Hut meal and it is a major deal to the kids when we do!
* My washer and dryer recently broke I now have a dryer from my aunts old farmhouse that is like 30 years old and works like a dream!! (Thanks Kay)
* if we cant pay for it in cash – we don’t buy it
* we have a garden and I can and freeze for winter months
See, I make cuts where i feel we can but I will absolutely NOT make cuts on what goes INSIDE mine and my families bodies- I save on these other areas so I can spend a little more on our health, fitness and well being.
Hope this is helpful to you!!
People ask me all the time- how do you get your workouts in? How do you have time or energy with four kids under the age of three to get your workouts in…. answer– I don’t have the time or the energy. I fake it sometimes– I just keep going- Sometimes, it takes me all morning to get one workout in. Sometime I am SO fricken tired because 3 of the 4 kids were up the entire night that the last thing I want to do is a workout. But I just do it! I do sh*t that I don’t want to do A LOT in this life. I do sh*t that I don’t want to do– that is pretty much what all moms are doing. Am i right. we do sh*t we don’t want to do. I don’t want to get up at midnight, three and 5 but I do… I don’t want to cook breakfast lunch and dinner for four kids and a husband and at the end of the day the dogs ate most of it off the floor- but i do…. I don’t want to walk the dogs at 8:30 at night when my husband gets home from work who by the way left at 8 am but i do it…. and I sure as hell don’t want to pick my tired ass up and do jumping jacks to a video and edit it 67 times before posting it but I do it– why ? Because – because without these commitments my life would be meaningless- it would be pointless…. It would mean nothing. I chose these commitments– I chose these kids, this husband, these dogs this page– I chose it and even when I don’t “feel like it” I just do. I just do because at the end of the day I LOVE every bit of it– even on the days that I don’t. I love the reward I feel after doing 50 burpees and 14 sets of 35 jumping jacks… I love the fact that I have these kids to feed and these dogs to walk and this husband who works 12 hour days just so I can stay home, I love this page and the people who read it! I do– I really do love this life that God gave me- and even on the tough days — I still remember I was given this life and I will be damned if I gonna give up on it. Just keep going momma! You got this 😉 or poppa too.
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WHATS IT GONNA BE WEDNSDAY!!!#turbojam #cauliflowerpatties
Change those dinner time carbs into a veggie with these cauliflower patties!! So delicious and I use them as my “bun” or my “taco shell” or whatever else you like! Last night I put some fish on them and it was amazing!
Microwave a head of cauliflower for about 8 minutes with just a splash of water. Lay it out on a tea towel and get as much of the moisture as you can out of it. Mash it up into small pieces (not too riced though that is too small) stir in a couple tablespoons of Carbquik (ask me if unsure what this is) add and egg PLUS one egg white (helps it hold) a few tablespoons of Feta cheese or Parmesan cheese ( I choose these cheeses because they are lower in fat and cals) Mix all together until the egg has fully coated and place on parchement paper bake at 425 for about 7 minutes then flip if and bake 7 more or until golden or if you forget to flip about 15 minutes all together. Enjoy immediatly or store in fridge!! Small changes in your diet eventually lead to BIG changes!!
Turbo Jam for the workout– do each 3 times through and tell me that’s not a KILLER and oh so fun!!!
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