Psh sleep, who needs it? Me. I do.

We’ve all heard it, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”. Umm, nope, no thanks, not me, I’ll sleep right now when I need it, thank you very much.

I’ve been trying my best lately to stay consistent with my workouts and getting them done early in the morning seems to work best for me.

Just to give you an idea, here’s what a typical work week looks like:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

  • 4-5am – Wake up, work out, let dog out, let cat in, feed both
  • 5-6am – shower, dress, fluff (you know mascara, hair, etc)
  • 6-6:20am – make coffee, grab lunch from fridge, eggs or something just as quick and easy for breakfast (husband takes daughter to his parents on these days so I can get to work early)
  • 6:20am-4ish-pm – Driving to, being present and driving home from work (I should note that I don’t take an official lunch break, I work through it and eat at my desk).
  • 4:30-5pm – pickup daughter from grandparents house
  • 5:15-6pm – home, dinner, clean up, etc
  • 6pm-7:45pm – quality time
  • 7:45-8something – bath time and bed time routine
  • 8:30 – get in bed, fall asleep 2-20 minutes later

Tuesday, Thursday

  • 3:45-4:45am – Wake up, work out, let dog out, let cat in, feed both
  • 4:45-5:45am – shower, dress, fluff
  • 5:45-6:20am – make coffee, grab lunch from fridge, eggs or something just as quick and easy for breakfast, prepare Stella’s lunch and snacks to take to “school”
  • 6:20-6:30am – wake soundly sleeping toddler
  • 6:30-7am – bribe toddler with Muppet Babies and pacifier to get her to do her nebulizer breathing treatments and eat breakfast
  • 7-7:20am – move carseat from husbands car to mine, load car, pry peacefully playing toddler away from toys to get her dressed for the day
  • 7:20-7:40am – drop off toddler at school/day care/preschool or whatever the hell you want to call it
  • 7:40am-4ish-pm – Driving to, being present and driving home from work. (again, I don’t take an official lunch break, I work through it and eat at my desk.)
  • 4something-5something – pick up daughter from aforementioned toddler-wrangling facility
  • 5something-6something – home, dinner, clean up, etc
  • 6something-7:45pm – quality time
  • 7:45-8something – bath time and bed time routine
  • 8:30 – get in bed, fall asleep 2-20 minutes later

If I didn’t get up at the ass crack of dawn to exercise I definitely would not get it done after work. That nearly-two-hour block of quality time is precious to me and I want to be fully present for it.

All that being said, today I did not do a workout. Today I “slept in” until 5:15.
WHAT?! NO!
HOW SHAMEFUL!
If you didn’t exercise, obviously you’re not committed and staying fit doesn’t matter to you.
There are 24 hours in the day, you can at least get in 20 minutes of exercise, you’re making excuses.

Shut the fuck up! I let myself sleep BECAUSE I NEEDED IT! If you are one of those people that has the luxury of extra time and energy to do that every single day of your life then good on ya. I however, know when I need a break or a little extra sleep. Yes, having a two year old and being pregnant is tiresome but I can’t even blame this on pregnancy; I was tired and knew if I got up at my normal time I would be a bitch the entire day. And that’s not good for anyone. Not for me, not for the people I work with and certainly not for my family. Yes, routines and consistency are important but do you know what else is important? Listening to your body.

Now I’m going to have to rant a little bit. We – and not just women, though we seem to be the most critical of ourselves and most susceptible – have to stop comparing ourselves to the unrealistic things we see on social media. You see it all the time. These people on Instagram or Facebook – the ones that only post pictures of their ass, abs, biceps and so on – preaching about how they workout all the time because “they make time for it”. But let me ask this. Do these people have children and full time jobs? Do they have to drive to work or do they work from home? There are plenty of folks out there that want to make you feel bad for not making exercise a number one priority. How dare you want to spend time with your children rather than spending every minute obsessing over how many calories went in and how many were burned off. Most of these posts are made by people that don’t have a “normal” persons life. They own their own their own businesses which often allows them to make their own (very flexible) schedules or work from home … or some, not at all. No, I’m not bashing stay at home moms, I know it’s a tough job, really I know that. There is no commute to work on top of the 40 hour work week or small children that demand more time and attention. Okay, rant over.

The bottom line is, self care is the most important. You can’t take care of anyone, not long term and not properly, if you’re not taking care of yourself. Drink water. Get plenty of sleep. Exercise when you can. And if you want a cookie, eat a damn cookie. Don’t beat yourself up over needing rest or wanting a day or a night or an entire weekend to push your workout aside to spend more time with the people you love.

I hope this reaches those that needed to hear it. Now go get some sleep for the love of god.

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