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It’s About Time

This is a guest post from my good friend and neighbor, Celeste Herron. She is a wife, full time home health provider, mother, daughter and friend. Like all of us, she is trying to figure out how to get everything done, make everyone happy, and still find time for herself. I am sure many of you can relate.  

 

 

It started at my Grandmother’s house when I was 6 years old. I can still hear it….tick tock tick tock…for hours I laid there and listened. After countless nights of being tortured by the sound of her old hanging clock, I got up enough courage to politely ask her to remove the dinosaur of a time keeper from the guest bedroom. But the foundation had been set; time became my enemy, and we are still engaged in battle 29 years later.

Perhaps it’s because I’m still relatively new at being a full time working Mom or currently throwing penny after penny into the fountain of youth, but now more than ever, I’m noticing my life being ruled by what numbers appear on the clock and fighting with time. It starts the moment my alarm goes off in the morning and my first thought is “get up now,” I allow myself 30 minutes in the morning to drink a cup of coffee and read the paper; I can’t let a minute of that precious time escape! After that it’s a mad dash to get me and my 2 year old dressed, lunches made, put his shoes back on for the 8th time that morning, and into the car.

Being a home health physical therapist, I drive to each of my client’s homes throughout the day. Traffic, road work, and weather have a huge impact on my ability to see all my patients, give everyone just enough quality time before I need to hop back in my truck and get to the next person. My babysitter has a window of time for me to get my son, if I’m not there before she leaves to pick her kids up from school, I don’t get Luke until after 4pm. It’s always a struggle to get there before she leaves; often times I don’t. It’s not that I need him before that time, but the point is I would rather he be home safe with me, then being driven around by someone else in a world where road rage and low patience rule the highways.

The clock continues to be in control as my husband and I block off 5-5:30 for exercise. It’s not a lot of time, but we have a toddler and that’s all we get. If one of us doesn’t get home by 5, we lose our much-needed time in the gym. After that it’s dinner and bath time so my son is in bed by 7pm. He has the potential to turn into a werewolf if that schedule is not kept. My head hits the pillow at 9 and I avoid looking at that evil glowing display of numbers on the wall, so I don’t realize how long it is taking me to finally fall asleep.

I know I am not the first working Mom in the world to have these struggles and I actually have it SO much easier than most. Let’s be honest, who gets 30 minutes in the morning to leisurely drink their coffee?? I’m not naive to these facts. But I’m tired of being a slave to father time; how do other people break out of this bondage? I remember my honeymoon in St Lucia…we never turned our phones on! This was before Wi-Fi was everywhere and it was the most amazing 7 days of my life; it didn’t matter what the clock said, it was a breath of fresh air! But I can’t escape to the Caribbean anytime I want. So, what are some realistic ways to not allow time to win? Here are some tips I’ve received:

  • Meditation: An amazing nurse I work with goes into her car during her lunch break and does a 5-minute meditation. Focused breathing and mindfulness can decrease anxiety and help you regain focus on what is important. There are tons of free meditation apps out there and a website that provides free guided meditation from UCLA.
  • Break out of habit! I don’t need to have specific check marks on specific tasks checked off by a specific time; that is me being a control freak. Cue the “Let It Go” song from Frozen. The nights we go out and grab sushi for dinner or take a walk to the park instead of focus on the clock are wonderful. This should happen more than once every 2 months.
  • Read! I recently was inspired to purchase the book The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. Although I’m only into the 2nd chapter, it’s a great book about being in the moment and having control over your conscious. Very applicable to this blog!
  • Accept help. We can’t do it on our own all the time. I have an incredible neighbor who will take my son anytime I ask and allow my husband and I to hit up a happy hour or evening out. These nights I cherish, it really recharges my batteries.

It’s about time I start taking my own advice. I would love to hear from you and how you handle the ticking clock and successfully take control of your time.

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Some Ways to Find Happiness in Your Life!

A Few Ways to Find Happiness!

Sometimes life can get tough and it can be hard to see the forest through the trees. It’s easy to get wrapped up in work and parenting, kid’s activities and chores and all the other things that we have to get done every day. I know I certainly get caught up in all this stuff, but I have come up with a good list of things that I do that help make me happy and less stressed.

 

Family Time

Our Little Family

Our family likes to do a lot of fun things together. We don’t spend a lot of time staying home or lounging (which is not always a good thing!) Jason, AJ and I love to camp in the summer in our trailer in different parts of Colorado. We enjoy going to Mueller State Park and Golden Gate and other places too. A few weeks ago we went to Chatfield State Park which was a blast! It is only 30 minutes away and we had not been before. We hung out with our friends, watched the kids play in the lake and played games.

In the winter time, we love to watch football (GO BRONCOS!) and ski. We’re about two hours away from Breckenridge, Copper Mountain and other places. Yes, we’re VERY lucky!

Family time always makes me happy and helps me calm my mind. I am reminded of how fortunate I am to have a healthy husband and son and the fact that we are so blessed to do all of these things.

 

A great workout

Ok friends… let me tell you something. It is HARD to get to the gym sometimes! I’m sure you feel the same way. But, when you are done, don’t you just feel SO GOOD! I talked about this in a previous post, but I have become addicted to Orange Theory Fitness! I have been doing it consistently for 6 months and my gosh I sweat my A$$ off every single time! It consists of rowing, running (HILLS), and weight training and it is a killer workout. I have noticed that my arm muscles are more toned and I can run much longer and faster than I could when I first started. Now, if I could just stop eating so much CRAP, I’d probably lose weight. That’s another blog post down the road.

Alone Time

What can I say… I LOVE alone time. That may sound bad, but I need it. I always have. I remember as a kid, I spent a lot of time in my room alone.  Sometimes I just need peace and quiet so I can recharge. Maybe I’ll watch a show or listen to music. I can get overwhelmed when I don’t have “me time”. Thankfully, my hubby is very good at letting me have it.

 

Helping Others

Doesn’t it feel good to help others? I sure think so. Maybe at times, we can think it is hard, or too much work to help others, but the feeling I get when I do help someone is incredible. Whether it is helping someone at work, doing a little extra for someone who needs it, but doesn’t ask or even something as easy as grabbing a person’s shopping cart and returning it for them. If I can make someone else smile, I will surely smile too.

 

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My Latest Obsession- Orange Theory Fitness

I’ve mentioned in the past that I was an active kid growing up. I played all types of sports and loved it. And so as I got older, I tried to stay in shape. I played indoor soccer, went to the gym and was a runner. Not the tall-skinny-can-run-forever type of runner. But I enjoyed running- it was good for my brain.

As I got into my 30’s, things changed. People told me that my body would change in my 30’s and damn it, they were right! By then, I had my son and was carrying him around all day and night and also trying to run, but I threw my back out several times. And once my back felt better, I’d start to run, and hurt it again. It was SO FRUSTRATING!  So, after several attempts at running, I gave up. I couldn’t deal with the pain. And you know what happens when you stop working out, but continue to eat and drink the same amount? YOU GAIN WEIGHT! And I did. I gained probably 10-15lbs over the past few years because I’ve been lazy, told myself I couldn’t work out, or didn’t have the time. I’d join a gym, workout at lunch a few days and then quit. Who wants to get sweaty in the middle of the day and then go back to work? I was convinced that was the only time

of the day I could work out. But now I realize I was not doing the right workout. What I was doing wasn’t fun, so I didn’t keep it up. I just kept eating and feeling bad about myself.

Fast forward to December 2016 and an Orange Theory Fitness opened up in my small town. I had heard about it before, but I had never done it. I knew it was circuit training and I knew it was expensive. They did a ton of marketing all over Facebook so I finally took the plunge and called. They had deals running and said they’d open 10 days early for people who signed up in December, so I decided to take the plunge. For some reason I only stick to something when I pay a lot of money for it. For example, I pay $40 a month for my other gym. I NEVER go. So, I figured with Orange Theory being $129 a month, maybe it would work? (Backwards thinking much?) I signed up.

When OTF opened, I was excited and nervous and unsure how I would fit it into my life.  These are one hour classes that have to be scheduled in advance. I can’t just show up. And remember how I had no time to work out except my lunch break? I was going to have to figure out how to work out BEFORE and AFTER work (read: sleeping time and wine time).

I finally went to my first class and guess what? I WAS HOOKED! It was SO MUCH FUN! It was a fantastic workout; I sweat like a freaking pig, burned 500 calories and could barely walk the next day. The workouts are always different, but always include treadmill, rowing and weights. And you can go at your own pace, so anyone can do it!

That’s Me! #OTFCR

Because I loved it so much, I bought the unlimited package (cause why not?) and started going 4-5 times a week. And then my friends were joining and it was all I’d talk about to people. And I still couldn’t walk because I was sore non-stop for over a month! But the high of burning those calories and pushing myself harder than I had in years was worth it.

And you know what else? I have FOUND time to work out. And I don’t mind it waking up at 4:40am (well, I do mind, but I still do it from time to time) and I look forward to going after work (I just start drinking wine later that I used to). I go both Saturday and Sunday too! I have made friends and love the coaches; it feels like a little family there. The other thing that has happened is that Jason and AJ have started asking me each time I go, how many calories I burned. They actually care!

I don’t work for OTF. I don’t make money by recommending them. I just love them! You should try it.

 

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