its not too often that i feel compelled to write, but this week i saw an instagram post from my new friend from the healthy living summit, heather. her photo (shown below) really made me think. alot.
recently, i have been feeling a little overwhelmed. okay, a little may not even begin to describe it.
this 'challenge' from @mariatrains is set to allow you to make a few goals and try to stick with them for a full 30 days. they say it only takes 21 days to create a habit, right?!
here's the deal.
i work long hours, commuting almost an hour each way, rotate between day and night shifts. i work out 4 days a week (training for a half marathon & body pump a few times a week), i try to keep a clean house, keep up with laundry, grocery shop and meal plan, and still fit in being a wife and momma. frankly... i'm tired.
and from time to time... my house starts to look like this. and when that happens, typically my brain starts looking like this too. i find myself coming home about 9 pm, exhausted and starving after working a 12-13 hour day. during that day, i typically haven't eaten much and don't drink nearly enough water. that of course leads to me eating what ever i can get my hands on, before falling into bed. all to get up and do it over again. this is a recipe for disaster.
my type a personality needs order is the culprit here. i need order, routine, schedule, consistency. i think that is why i like marathon training so much. knowing what to do and when to do it works well for me. i think that i need to implement the same system into the rest of my life...
i use my erin condren planner daily. it helps keep me
mostly sane. i know who needs to be where, and when. whether i work days or nights, and who is picking up b from school. we have monthly (or sometimes weekly) calendar meetings with me and hubby to make sure we both know the plan.
i find myself wishing that my hubby and i both had jobs where we had a set schedule, where we could be home for dinner together, and didn't have to plan our lives weeks in advance. but i have come to accept that we will never have that kind of "normal". so, i must make the best of the schedule we have.
here are my goals:
1. meal planning:
hopefully, having meals prepared so i can just heat them up will help to keep me from eating junk when i get home after a long day of work. also, it is crockpot season. thank goodness. also, prepping fruit and veggies into snack size portions... i need to eat better for me food.
2. make a housework routine.
systems like flylady implement zone cleaning in order to keep you from spending an entire day cleaning and doing laundry. i have implementing these techniques before, i just need to modify it to make it adaptable to my adjustable schedule. i think this one is going to be key for me!
3. make a workout plan:
i don't have to be training for a marathon to stick to a workout program... however, there is a late fall marathon (nov 24th) that i need to make a decision on, and quick. my plan needs to include running, strength training and YOGA!
4. establish a skincare routine
now that i am getting closer to my mid 30s, i feel like it is high time to establish a skin care routine that works for me. both morning and night. my skin is in the worst shape it has been in since i was a teenage. most likely, that is related to stress, lack of sleep and not making the best dietary choices.
so this is how i am going to attempt the 30 days of consistency challenge.
any advice for me?! wish me luck!