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A Day in the Life of Fitness Cheerleader: 1 Year Later

Last year I shared what a typical day for me was like, only at that time I was a stay-at-home mom to a 5 yr old girl, a 3 yr old girl and a 6 month old baby. A LOT has changed since then ” I ‘m back to work, and that baby is now a very busy toddler, so I thought I’d share an updated glimpse into a typical day for me:

3:00 am ” the toddler wakes up screaming hysterically, and at some point her screaming manages to wake me up so that I stumble into her room to nurse her so that she’ll go back to sleep. (We tried the cry-it-out thing with her and after two weeks of 90 min crying sessions we realised that just caving in to her got us all way more sleep). I have no idea when she’ll stop nursing.

6:55 am ” my alarm attempts to wake me up, and I then go around the house waking up my precious daughters and husband, while leaving the toddler to get some more sleep.

7:15 am ” we all go downstairs and have breakfast together. Oatmeal for my oldest daughter, cereal for my middle daughter, a protein shake for me, and eggs for my hubby. (The daycare feeds the toddler breakfast).

Protein shake for Mommy - She made it herself!

7:30 am ” the big girls and I go upstairs to get dressed, then I wake up the toddler, nurse her, and get her dressed while my hubby makes ALL of our lunches with LOOOOOVVE (family joke: we tell the girls things are made with LOOOOVVE in order to get them to try it).

7:50 am ” I drive the toddler to daycare. If it’s a Monday or a Wednesday I also drive my middle daughter to daycare. My husband brings our oldest daughter to school everyday, and our middle daughter to Ã…”big school  on Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays. (Keeping track of my middle daughter’s schedule makes my head spin).

8:20 am ” kids are safely at daycare and I begin my commute to work.

Not my actual commute, but it sure looks like it! (Image courtesy of Microsoft Images)

8:50 am ” Try to find parking at work (this is not as easy as it sounds)

9:00 am ” arrive at work. Check emails, communicate with vendors and clients, attend meetings etc. I usually grab a coffee from Tim Horton’s around 9:30.

12:00 pm ” lunch time. This is MY hour ” the one hour of the day JUST FOR ME! So I use it to work out:

MONDAY: Lunch spinning class with my co-worker.
TUESDAY: 8k easy run around the park.
WEDNESDAY: BodyPump class with my co-worker.
THURSDAY: 8k easy run around the park at lunch.
FRIDAY: Rest ” short lunch to make up any missing time from lunches that have gone a bit too long.

1:00 pm ” 5:00 pm ” back to the grind. I eat my lunch at my desk in small amounts throughout the day: sandwich, fruit, yogurt etc.

My typical lunch

5:00 pm ” time to find my van, and commute back to get the kiddos.

5:30 pm ” first pick up at the daycare to get the toddler and as mentioned above, my middle daughter.

5:50 pm ” second pick up ” my oldest daughter from her after-school care provider.

6:00 pm ” home! I nurse the toddler, then begin to cook dinner. I usually offer the kids some cut up veggies while I cook to keep them from bugging me.

6:30 pm ” 7:00pm dinner!

7:00 pm ” we either play outside for an hour, go to the park or for a swim in the backyard pool. On Mondays my middle daughter plays soccer, and on Wednesday my oldest daughter plays soccer.

Sierra teaching Amber to play lacrosse

7:30 pm ” hubby comes home.

8:00 pm ” everyone comes in and it’s bath time!

My little bathing beauty

8:30 pm ” cuddle up and read time. Hubby helps the big kids with their home reading while I nurse the toddler to sleep.

8:45 pm ” lights out for the kiddos

9:00 pm ” clean up the kitchen/dining room, fold laundry, review the big girl’s school agenda, prep for the next day, pack clothes for the next day’s work out etc. If I have the energy or the time, I blog/read blogs etc. On Mondays and Fridays I swim laps after the kids go to bed.

Swim time!

10:30 pm ” bed time for me!

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  • Rachel
    June 1, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Wow… my head and heart are spinning after reading your busy day!! My days are a whirl wind of business also… but not as structured as yous. HUGS!

  • Christine
    June 1, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Our mornings are very similar including the stumbling out of bed at 3am to calm one of my boys down. My boys are in school 5 days until 3pm when my husband or I pick them up. We both freelance so that means we work in the morning, break in the afternoon/early evening to spend with the boys and then I usually have to work again in the evening plus blog or read blogs. It’s exhausting but I appreciate having a flexible schedule.

  • Heather
    June 1, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Whew! Reading that wears me out. That schedule would totally challenge my organizational skills!

  • Oakville personal trainer
    June 1, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Reading a schedule like that always makes me want to work harder. Completely puts things back into perspective on how fortunate I am to have some downtime to focus on my workouts/eating. One thing I noticed was that you usually workout with a co-worker depending on the day, which is HUGE. Being accountable to someone is one of the most important aspects in striving/reaching for your fitness goals. Keep it up!

  • steph
    June 1, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    It seems like our rolls are reversed this time. Now I’m at home with a baby and toddler and you’re at work. Kuddos to you on juggling it all and getting your workout/sanity time in. One thing I miss about working is that precious lunch hour workout!

  • workout mommy
    June 1, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Whew! That is quite the day! but i love how you still manage to make the most of your time and get in those workouts! You look fantastic and you are definitely an inspiration! 🙂

    • Janice
      June 1, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      So are you Lisa! How are the boys? How are YOU?

  • Angela
    June 1, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Oh, the life of a Mama! We have very similar days except mine starts at 5 a.m. M-F! Thank God I’m a morning person!

  • Julie Boyer
    June 1, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    ha ha love the swim photo!!! Wish we lived a bit close and could swim laps together.

  • Kat
    June 2, 2012 at 11:28 am

    You forgot to factor in the gang of girls running roughshod all over the street and using the trees as forts.

  • Amber K
    June 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    I want to take a nap just reading all of that! Talk about supermom! 🙂 And yet I still want to have children just as much as ever.

  • lorrie
    June 3, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    thanks for sharing your day it was fun to read about your life

  • courtney
    June 5, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    If your still nursing your toddler, are you still pumping? Or have you managed to ease off that? Just wondering as I am still nursing a 15 month old and looking to quit the pump. Thanks

  • Personal training in Oakville
    June 6, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Reading a schedule like that always makes me want to work harder. Completely puts things back into perspective on how fortunate I am to have some downtime to focus on my workouts/eating. One thing I noticed was that you usually workout with a co-worker depending on the day, which is HUGE. Being accountable to someone is one of the most important aspects in striving/reaching for your fitness goals. Keep taking it one crazy day at a time.

    • Janice
      June 6, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      Thanks Jon! Agreed – having someone to workout with makes a big difference! Thanks for subscribing 🙂

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