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Monday, May 20, 2013

Don't just count your years, make your years count." - Ernest Meyers

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This was the quote in the Happy Birthday email I got from Spark People today. (probably the same one they send every year to everyone, I don't know).

In the message it said, " On your birthday, stop focusing on your age and start meditating on your life at this exact moment. How can you make it better?"

My life is crazy, I don't have much time to think about things and what I want. All I seem to do is react. Both my husband and I work full-time and go to school. We have a 5 year old son and a 3 year old girl.

Trying to fit time in for me is a challenge. Without working out my weekdays go: get up at 6 and get me ready, get kids up at 630 and get them ready and the three of us out the door by 7, drop kids at daycare and head to work, work 8 to 5, go home, dinner - read- pjs - read - kids in bed, do homework. That is all if I don't have a class that night.

Then on the weekends I run around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to catch up from the week and get ready for the next week: all the laundry - washed - dried- folded- put away, get groceries for the next week, spend about two hours prepping lunches for the week, wash dishes, pay bills, do more homework or study for tests, go to class at some point (I have classes week nights and weekends), and somewhere in there spend time with the husband and kids.

My to do list just keeps getting longer and longer. I haven't been able to get anything done around my house since my daughter was born three years ago. My house is a disaster it takes everything to just keep the essential things going. Ha, and then fit time in for me and my health!?!?!?!?

That is what I have been trying to focus on. I had reached my goal, but then things got even more stressful and I got overwhelmed with trying to prep my lunches and stay fit and just plain breath. And well I gained back 2/3 of what I had lost.

Over the last month I have been working on how to fit me back into all the craziness. It is not easy but I am making it work. I get up at 5:15 and get some kind of workout in before work. If my day at work is going good, I take a lunch and go to the gym. I have gotten back into spending the time each weekend to prep my lunches for the week so I have no excuses. This has lead to losing 12.6 lbs in 5 weeks.

I have turned my train around and am heading in a healthier direction. But I still have a lot to do to be happy with my life. I am good a focusing on what I have to do, and then can't enjoy the moments I spend with my family.

After I finish my finals over the next couple of days, I have just over a month off. I would like to get a few things on my to do list done so I can better focus on my family and enjoy the little moments. That will help my soul health as I work to regain my body health.

Hmmm, I don't know if this blog ended up going the direction I wanted, or really made any sense. My mind is all over the place with end of semester stuff.

Have a Sparktastic Monday!!!!!
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  • WIO_ALISA
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    Happy Birthday!

    I can relate to so much of your blog, but I'm missing the taking classes part. I don't even want to think about adding one more thing... and my house is in a constant mess, too. Yesterday I made some wild rice and beans to take to work for lunch this week so I wouldn't have to think about what to have for lunch.

    I applaud you for finding a way to get your workouts in.

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    Alisa
    1973 days ago
  • LJR4HEALTH
    Happy Birthday! emoticon
    1974 days ago
  • WIZKEY
    You are doing great!! You have found time to make it work. Maybe you could take a textbook to the gym and read while you are on the equipment?

    1974 days ago
  • BAKER1009
    Sometimes it just helps to get it all out! I know exactly how you feel. I don't know how you do it. I have 4 kids, and go to school, but I don't work. I don't know if I could handle working on top of everything else! you're doing your best to try and that's what really counts! Just keep pushing forward girl!!
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    And...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon
    1974 days ago
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