As usual, I went on a semi-blogging spree and then MIA for months. What have I been doing? Not much. Trying to get use to my family’s daily routine with me working out of the house (for 7 months now!) and Eva going to daycare (since February!). Here’s my daily routine as of lately.
6am – wake up and work out ((This just started three weeks ago, so this is still a work in progress. I try to workout 3-4 times a week, at minimum, either at the gym to run or in our living room with the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred DVD. When I wasn’t working out I’d wake up between 6:30 – 7:00. )
6:45am – eat a light post workout meal (usually greek yogurt w honey or a banana)
7am – hop into the shower and get ready
7:15am – wake up Eva if she hasn’t woken up on her own
7:30 – 7:45am – head downstairs and make myself a green smoothie and coffee, feed Eva breakfast, put everyone’s lunches (made the night before) into bags
7:45 – 8:15am – head out the door and drop Eva to school
8:45ish – 9am – work
5:30pm – head home and start dinner
6:00pm – if I didn’t work out in the morning this is when I try to squeeze in a session. The hubs goes to the gym at this time, so if I do workout it’s in our living room with Jillian Michaels and Eva running around trying to copy me (It’s quite entertaining but it can be a bit difficult because she tries to ride me like a horse when I’m doing pushups!). At this time I may be making dinner while working out (multitasking mama). It’s usually something that doesn’t require too many steps..
6:30ish – 7pm – dinner
7:30pm – play with Eva
8:00pm – bathtime, storytime, bedtime
9:00pm – hangout with the hubs
10:30pm – make lunches for everyone, snacks and breakfast for Eva and myself
11:30pm – go to bed
This varies day to day but this is pretty much the jist. There are days where the hubs will drop off Eva and I’ll pick her up from school, sometimes both. Especially if I have an early work meeting or need to stay later than usual and vice vera for him. But usually I do drop offs and he does pick ups.
Working out. The post breastfeeding weight has piled on with a vengance. Hello GUT and jiggly thighs. It was a struggle trying to find the time to work out when I started my job. I really didn’t want to get up early given that I go to bed late and working out after work is difficult because I have to make dinner. But let’s get real these are all excuses. I finally bit the bullet and started waking up early to work out. It’s still a work in progress (I even slept in today! But I’ll work out later this evening or tomorrow). Baby steps. Like I said earlier my goal is a minimum of 3 times a week and if I get to work out more than that, even better. I won’t lie, sometimes I just want to give up because I don’t see results right away, but I won’t! I’m trying to strengthen to tone certain areas and build my endurance to keep up with Eva (man, that kid is fast when she runs).
Prior to working out everyday I did the color run a couple of months ago in an attempt to get fit.
Meal Prep. The hubs and I eat salads for lunch, so I try to pre-chop everything on Sunday or Monday night. When I first started my job in October, I pre-chopped everything (for lunch and dinner) for the entire week on Sundays (anywhere from 1-2 hours), but then I lost some quality weekend time with the family.
Pre-chopped veggies for salads. Any leftovers (minus the cucumbers) are used for stir fry at the end of the week. The leftover cucumbers and sometimes carrots are used for smoothies.
I was also pre-cooking some of our meals on Sunday (another 1-2 hours) to ease the dinner making process during the week, but it got exhausting.
Prepping bacon bits and hard-boiled egg for lunch salads and Filipino soup for dinner.
For the past two months, I stopped prepping so extensively (I still pre-cut veggies most weeks but don’t prep dinner at the beginning of the week anymore). I planning to do it again (just not as intense) because I’d like Eva to have dinner earlier than we are now (no later than 6:30 as opposed to 7) and spend more free time with her and the hubs in the evening. Lunches are relatively easy but depending on how much I’ve prepped and how tired I am, it can be an exhausting task. I can do it as quickly as 20 minutes to as long as an hour. BUT I don’t mind it because 1) we’re eating relatively healthy food (Salads for hubs and myself as I mentioned early; Fruit as a snack for me; 2 fruits for Eva’s snack and 1 treatish snack, which are toddler puffs, crackers, or cookies; Eva’s lunch, which is usually leftovers) 2) we save money and 3) I’m taking care of my family.
Hubs salad. I pack salads with the heavy items on the bottom and the greens on the top so they don’t wilt as quickly.
Top row (L-R): My overnight oats; ingredients for my green smoothie
Middle row (L-R): Fruit as a snack for Eva (she has the two middle containers) & myself
Bottom row (L-R): Hubs’ salad; Fried Rice for Eva’s lunch; Curry veggie & tofu quinoa salad for myself
There are days when I plop on the couch after putting Eva to bed and pass out for the rest of the night. On those days, I try to quickly whip up lunches the next morning.
There are days where I’m burnt out and all I want to do is relax, hence the reason of lack of posting. I do think about opening my laptop and posting but I get caught up sitting on the couch with the hubs watching shows together, prepping meals, spending time with Eva, or if I’m lucky going to sleep early. I’m going to try to find the time. I really do love writing.
I’d like to add that this blog is going to shift to more of a mommy blog (even though it’s been like this for some time, I guess I want to make it official because I didn’t want to say I had a mommy blog before). I’ll still talk about fashion and food, but perhaps more mommy and me or baby girl’s fashion and quick and healthy family meals (as much as I love it, I don’t have time to make time consuming meals, like Julia Child’s boeuf bourginion, anymore). I hope you continue join this journey with me.