School is finally out and boy am I glad! This was a tough school year. Katie did excellent and kept straight A’s all year, but the little girl drama that we had to deal with nearly killed me. Hannah starts kindergarten next year, so we will be relishing every single minute of this summer right up until the day that my baby leaves me for the entire day to join her sister in the big girl world of school. (Sob!)
This school year was a weird one for me also. There was the whole foot thing and then trying to get back into some sort of normalcy after that. I finally have figured out what works for me in a daily routine. My kids are 8 & 5, so I guess it took a few years to get here, but better late than never.
I look back at the winter months and what I see makes me cringe. I had become one of those moms that are in the Pajama Nation. You know, dropping my kids off at school in my jammies and slippers. Seriously. I did that. A lot. And I mean no offense to any other moms who may be reading and are part of the Pajama Nation, it’s just that I don’t want to be one of you.
And what, you may ask, was it that got me out of that slump? Well surprisingly to me, it was a new routine that called for getting my butt out of bed at 5:30 am and working out every day. Well every day except Sunday. And yes, you read that right, I’m getting up that early on SATURDAY!!!
But before you roll your eyes and write me off as insane, let me just say that this was just the ticket for me. It may not be for everyone, but I’ve been doing it long enough now to officially call it my “Morning Routine” and it’s working for me.
This is what my day looks like now:
* Alarm goes off at 5:15 and I hit snooze once then get up.
* Workout with weights or run/walk for 20 minutes (I alternate days. The run/walk is 20 minutes of running for 1 min. and walking for 30 secs)
* Take a cold shower because I’m sweaty and burning up
* Get dressed, put on makeup, fix hair
* Eat breakfast and check blogs
* Wake the girls and let the games begin!
That’s it. Now, you may be wondering what the benefits of this are, but more than likely you are not wondering at all and wish I would talk about something else. However, the benefits are worth mentioning.
Benefit #1 – Obvious. I am no longer part of the Pajama Nation. That alone is enough to make it all worthwhile.
Benefit #2 – Energy. My energy level is amazing right now. Not only am I doing these workouts in the morning, which literally take only 20 minutes, but I’m also finding the energy to walk my dogs, ride bikes with my girls and take leisurely strolls in the evenings after supper. Not to mention that I’m staying on top of the housework a lot better than I was back in my PJ days.
Benefit #3 – My body. I no longer own scales, so I can’t tell you how much weight I’ve lost, but I can tell you that I have definitely lost weight. My clothes are loose on me now and I haven’t had that happen for YEARS. But even more than the weight is the fact that I’m starting to get my muscle tone back and that alone is awesome!
Benefit #4 – Mood. I’ve been a lot happier since I started this new routine. I’m not as moody and not as irritable. I have more patience, which as you may know, when you have kids is priceless.
And now that school is out, I don’t plan on taking it easy and sleeping a little longer. That’s exactly how I get myself out of the routine and back into being a member in good standing with the Pajama Nation.