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Mixed results and blizzard planning

Friday, February 08, 2013

There really aren't enough hours in the day to be able to do all that I want to accomplish, so I may have to look at tweaking (or doing a major overhaul) of my goals. Aside from the day to day of living, I have 3 main personal areas of concern.

1) Getting healthy - this rolls a lot of small goals into one. Eating right, getting exercise, getting enough sleep, doing a 5K. The 5K, is really just something to show for the fitness. A goal, a test maybe, proving grounds of sorts.

2) Writing - It's hard to work full time, have a family, and work on the writing. I want to be published someday and if I don't write, that can't happen anymore than not exercising will help me run a 5K.

3) Reading - Reading generally makes me happy, but I also use it to learn things. History, writing, escapism.

Typical weekday schedule for me: Get up between 3:30-4am. Check email, Face book, play a game or two of Slingo while I have my coffee, and log in to Spark People. Go to work (or the gym and then to work) until 2. Run errands on the way home (varies day to day, but it might be banking, or the store, maybe the post office. I very rarely go straight home. This means I get home around 3. I have to get the kid from the bus stop at 3:45. Sometimes I do the C25K workout, sometimes dishes, sometimes laundry. After I come home with the kid, I get him a snack and get him started on homework while i start to prep supper or clean up the kitchen first if needed. I interact with him a bit and truly begin supper usually around 5 so we can be eating around 5:45. I get his clothes set for the next day (or help the kid do it), I get my stuff for the next day ready (gym bag if needed, lunch bag, clothes for the day), get his snack packed for school. I generally don't stop until after I get him to bed. I try to squeeze in strength training, but some days I can't fit it in. I tried to read in bed, but by the time I get there, I'm exhausted. Writing, I'm trying to do on lunch breaks or before I get the kid if I happen to be on a roll, but it's tough. I can't rely too much on the husband. He does what he can around the house, but he handles the morning with the kid (breakfast, bringing him to daycare) and he works later by a fair amount. It's just tough. I try to get to bed for 9, usually it ends up being more like 9:30.

Enough whining. Things that are good: Although I didn't get home until just before 8 last night (kid had a school function), I still did the C25K workout (started it at 8:30). There is a blizzard in the forecast. I still went to the gym to workout even though they are saying to expect 2 feet of snow, maybe more. Shoveling will be quite the workout no doubt, but I didn't feel right about skipping the gym. It isn't that I wanted to go, but if things don't pan out with the snow, I'd be kicking myself for not going. And I love snow, so I'm looking forward to playing in it.
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