It’s Not Easy


I’ve said before that the number one question I get asked is how I manage to find time to workout. I’ve always believed that if something is important enough, you’ll make time.

But I’m not going to lie, it’s not always easy.

My workouts happen in the evening when my husband gets home from work which is usually around 6 p.m. We put our son to bed and then I head out. I typically get home around 8 and my daughter is already in bed by that time. My husband and I have a small dinner and chat for a bit and then I shower and head to bed. I try call it a night by 10.

And then this is when it gets tough.

My son still does not sleep through the night. He wakes once for a bottle between 2-4 in the morning. My husband and I take turns each night as far as who wakes to do that feeding. The little guy always goes back down after his bottle, thankfully, and then wakes for the day around 6. My daughter’s waking time is around 6:30. Things are definitely difficult when both wake at the same time.

So there’s no continuous sleep. It’s hard. I’m tired. But it is what it is. As crazy as it sounds, you actually get used to it after a while. And there are worse days than others. Like today for example.

Our son woke up at 1 in the morning, early for his normal timing. Mind you I had gone to sleep at 10. He went back to sleep after his bottle but at 4:30 we heard our daughter. I looked at the video monitor to make sure she wasn’t just squirming around in her crib. Nope. She was standing, wide awake, ready to go. My son woke up soon after at 5:00 and our day officially began.

I’m typing this on coffee cup number 2. : )

Here’s hoping you’re having a good morning!

–Do you have kids? Is it difficult to manage kids and working out?

–What makes it difficult to find time to workout in your life?

(Don’t forget, The Color Run giveaway is still happening–today is the last day!)

8 responses

  1. I hear ya. Stella still does not sleep through the night and is overall a terrible sleeper. Our nickname for her is Paris (Paris Hilton) because she stays up late at night, gets up in the middle of the night to “party” and wakes up all disheveled looking. Coffee is my friend as well.

  2. I’m really lucky to be able to hit the gym or run on my lunch breaks because I work. If I didn’t work I would be one of those really early morning workout people like I am on Saturdays.

  3. Kids change everything…for the better…but still. I am a fitness professional, so my job is to workout. Sounds ideal, but those 6AM classes before the kid wakes up hit me hard in the afternoon when I should be getting things done around the house. And shuffling to get out the door in time for another class and/or client is exhausting, too. It’s all about balance, getting into a routine, and just enjoying it day by day. That’s life, right? I can only hope that my example is one my daughter will absorb. Fitness wherever you can fit it!

  4. I don’t know how you do it! Do you ever just take naps with them? I’d do that if I had kids! Seriously though, it’s pretty awesome that you’re that dedicated to working out even though you’re super tired and busy! And it sounds like you have a pretty awesome husband since he watches the kids while you workout.