National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and Carbs!

Good Morning guys! In case, you are curious about my blogging schedule (I’m coming at you later in the day) you can read about my book writing adventures here.

Or you may not have even noticed that there has been a change. Perhaps, you have been sleeping instead. And good for you! If I had the chance to sleep in, I would take it! Think about it…the worst things happen when we are awake: we sit in traffic, we experience painful root canals, and we may even have a boss piling up more work for us to do. But in our dreams, less of that stuff occurs and more of the good stuff happens : )

Why wake early if you don’t have to? I mean leave the “beat the AM rush” to me. I will report any early morning excitement to you, so you can hibernate a bit longer…ZZZZZ…

But now that you are awake, let’s get moving on to today’s reading material. Today, I am writing about National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Technically, May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month but it’s something that we can always talk about and be reminded of…even well into June. I am writing about it because I think it’s  a great time to renew my commitment to a healthy, active lifestyle. I am just over two months post- partum with my second child. Being a working mom with two children under the age of two years old, with a hubby in the military (who’s out to sea a lot, making me a single mamma at times), I need to be on top of my game. I need energy and clarity to balance it all.

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I love this image because it reminds me of the benefits I get from each run or strength training workout I complete. They both allow me to be strong and keep up with the demands of motherhood.

Readers have asked me how I “do it all”. How do I work, take care of young children, take care of the home, support my hubby, and still have time to fit in marathon training? My answer? It’s not easy but these tips help.

Tips to help me train for a marathon as I juggle life:

1) I set my alarm for 4:30 am on the week days and 5:30 am on the weekends. Yes, you read that correctly. I have to get my workouts done before the others wake or else it won’t happen. (Unless I am waking to write my book, then my training happens at lunchtime)  It’s hard getting up at that hour (especially with an infant who wakes to eat several times at night) but I do it with the help of coffee and cream waiting for me : )

2) I keep my eye on the goal. Before having kids 3 years ago, I was training for the Boston Marathon. I qualified and got in! It wasn’t  until week 8 of my training cycle that I found out I was pregnant with my first. I was excited to be a mom but also bummed that I wouldn’t be running Boston that year. Both have been dreams of mine, and I cannot wait to run Boston one day with my little ones cheering me on.

3) I take a few days to recharge. There are days where training and keeping my eye on the goal are not in the cards for me. There are days were the snooze button wins over my love for hitting the pavement in the early morning. And that is OKAY. Life is flexible and so is my training. My goal is to be healthy and happy and to me, that means taking days off and relaxing!

4) I love all carbs!!! I love that the image includes that athletes need more servings of carbs. I hate that people have become so carb phobic. In my opinion, living carb free is a sad life to live. Carbs provide energy and not to mention are delicious! I was out to dinner the other night with a group of friends and two out of the four, were cautious about the amount of carbs they were eating. It totally killed the mood for some, but for me, I was too busy kiling the bread basket…love me some bread!

What are some ways you stay motivated to make your health a priority?

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