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Finding Balance

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

I just completed the first week of the BLC22 Challenge. I completed all my goals I set for the wek and completed all the challenges. emoticon

BUT I happened to look at my kitchen floor this morning.... oh my. emoticon

I need to make some adjustments and set goals for those adjustments. So right now I'm just basically talking out loud. I will be make a spreadsheet (inspired by me team) with my new lifestyle/routine goals and post weekly to keep myself accountable. Plus love being able to check things off a list!

On the plus side my 14 yr old DS is not going to be home to do some chores.... but have any of you had your 14 yrs DS responsible for the cleaning? He is oddly particular about some things, but couldn't care less about others. For example. He keeps is toilet spotless. But his bathroom sink, ick!!!

Typically I'm a night owl. I clean, cook dinner,workout, study (I'm taking classes), garden - - all in the evenings, often up until 12 or 1am and then rising at 6 for work. That is just how my clock works. It also makes it difficult to connect the DH who is typically in bed by 10.

I would like to start doing a light workout in the morning, mile or two on the treadmill. (I'm worried I'll be tired for work. Right now my workouts knock me out cold for the night).

I don't think I can just switch to morning workouts all together.

So
5A - Walk/run
6A - getting ready for work
12pm - lunch time walk (weather permitting, which it hasn't much lately)
5-6 Home (depending on errands)
--7 Gardening/Cleaning/Dinner - pack lunch for next day
7 - Dinner on the table by 7-7:30, right now we eat around 8 (which pushes my workouts back because I like the food to digest a little first)
8 - TV/PC/Family time. Sparks check in :)
9 - Workout (Alt Lifting & Cardio) -- prepared list for DS (poor kid).
10pm bed!!!

I know, I know-- best laid plans.
Wednesday is my rest day, workout wise - so I can hopefully catch up with some house work and get to bed at a reasonable time tonight.

Maybe I should just quiet my job and have my DH take care of me. Nah, that's not quite my style.

Also need lunch time replacement walk suggestions. The mall is right across the road. I guess I could drive there and walk. Our building is only 4 stories, but I don't think I could do stairs for 30 minutes?!?

Thoughts and suggestions are welcome

**Also note, my DS is responsible for all the mowing of 2 farm houses, which is a day & half to mow and another day of weed eating, so he does a lot to do.
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JENSHAINES 6/12/2013 8:46PM

    Yes... 14-year-old boys cleaning - always ... interesting. My son has long been a good cleaner/helper, but his version of clean and mine often don't quite correspond. OTOH, it's HIS job and HE'S being responsible for doing it, so we negotiate, but I leave it in his domain, and he's gotten much better over the years. At 20, we pretty much converge on cleaning.

Wow, you have a schedule! In terms of lunch time walking, is there any periphery around your building? 30 minutes of stairs sounds incredibly boring. Malls at lunch time sound not like so much fun, either. Yeah, I'm being a big help.

CONGRATS on all the great work you've been doing! Woohoo!

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HOLLYL7 6/12/2013 1:54PM

    You are inspiring me to make a similar spreadsheet! I like Karlie's idea of assigning specific tasks to specific days. I kind of do that already because of prep for spending weekends away from home. Have you thought about assigning your DS with specific tasks to get done on a weekly basis, but letting him determine the schedule? It would give him some ownership over certain tasks, but the freedom to schedule it himself? A word of advice on getting some peace in your life - other people are not going to clean, etc..., the way you would. When my DH was off work, and starting to take over household duties, I was a little crazy trying to get him to do things the way I would do them. In the end, I backed off and found that it was nice to have my load lightened, and the world didn't come to an end because a chore wasn't done exactly the way I would have done it =).

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AWOLF24 6/12/2013 1:09PM

    LOL I have the schedule/plan in my head most days, and then there is what REALLY happens. And like you, once I get my family taken care of, everyone fed, and try to fit in some exercise (while working full time), the housework is what falls by the wayside. Still, it frustrates me to no end so I totally understand!

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MERRYMARY42 6/12/2013 12:28PM

    you are so busy, you need a list, and I think I would try the morning workouts, you may find that you are invigorated more so than at night, I usually get a surge of energy, so can't relax and go right to sleep.
Good Luck, and hey take the time for a bit of husband time, very important, gotta keep that Spark alive too. emoticon

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DRADDIE 6/12/2013 10:49AM

    Sounds like you have some good planning! I know during BLC rounds exercise becomes increased and I have to work that much harder to find some true relaxation time. Thinking ahead like you have to find the balance is definitely important. I wish I could get up earlier for exercise, but that just doesn't happen. Have you tried setting some house tasks to specific days? That helps me stay on top of laundry, bathrooms and kitchen so at least I'm somewhat clean around the house. Between kids and dogs I have an uphill battle too!

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SUPER_CIARA 6/12/2013 10:25AM

    It sounds like you have a great plan! It's good to make schedules like that, it helps to keep you on track. Congrats on completing all your goals! (and even though stairs can be a killer you know they are a great workout! Maybe try alternate running and walking up and down them on your break?) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CLESHER 6/12/2013 10:18AM

    Like the schedule....

Lunch time suggestions....do you have your own office?

I do and sometimes I just close my door (on my lunch) put on music and dance around like a crazy person...hey it burns calories :)

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JOHNMARTINMILES 6/12/2013 9:22AM

    Having a schedule and goals are important to success.

Make today the best day of your life!

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