A typical day is full of excitement, stress, hugs from kids, running here and there, getting meals made, laundry done, children driven places or picked up and then also a training workout somewhere in the mix. Why do I do this? Is it all worth it? Am I achieving some sort of healthy balance between family and training?
Take this past Tuesday as an example:
5:10 – woke up, drank some greens plus, pulled on my bathing suit and grabbed my prepacked gym bag and drove to the pool.
5:30 – In the pool for masters swimming. Great workout with super-sets of 100m, 75m, 50m and 25m, until 7am.
7:10 – Home to get my three kids up for school, get breakfast, lunches made and off to school.
8:30 – Work an 8 hour day in the Autism Intervention program as an instructor therapist.
4:45 – Meetings
5:30 – Home for dinner
7:00 – Drive my son to his swim practice at Ridley Pool with his swim group. Great to see him working hard and learning new skills (working on fly stroke – new to him)
8:30 – Homework with kids, some housework –
9:30 – I am very tired!
I love being challenged; I dislike being bored. I am a perfectionist and can get stressed and anxious at times – exercise is the perfect stress release. I train at 5:30am many week days, and on the weekends I “sleep in” and start training by 7am. When I get home, even on the weekends, the family is just starting to rise. They wait for me to make them waffles or pancakes!
I see the positive effects of my healthy pursuits, motivating my own children. Last year, my 12 year old son Caleb tagged along with me several mornings to my 5:30am masters swim group. This resulted in us finding a swim team for him this year with his peers. Tonight, I tagged along with Caleb to a spin class for his swim team. This is a wonderful new stage, where my children and I are starting to participate in sports together. Had I not been training and Caleb observing, Caleb would never be doing what he is doing now.
I would rather my house be a bit chaotic or a little messy at times and still do the things I love and support my children in the things they love. Three nights a week my daughter dances, my youngest son goes to Cubs. We had “Meet the Teacher” night at the school one evening. There really is never a dull moment.
Most days it works. I wouldn’t want it any other way.