Where have I been?

It’s been a minute.  To be honest, I just haven’t been able to get s#!* together and make all the things happen.  I wish I could paint this picture perfect life and just put on a happy face, but I can’t.  I’m not one of those people.  I’m a put my head down and just trudge through it all until things start to loosen up.

Before I get too far into this post, I wanted to let you know about the next big thing.

The Holiday Streaking Challenge

It’s the holiday time so it’s time to get active.  The holidays are focused on family, friends, and food.  I don’t like to admit that it’s about food but it is the reality of the situation.  I want to encourage everyone to get active over the two month period so I’m starting the streaking challenge.  No, you don’t have to run, you can walk.  The challenge is to walk or run a mile every day until the New Year.  Do you want to join the party? Visit the Facebook group from the Facebook page (I’m having problems linking the actual group right now.)

Truth is I’m probably trying to do too much and there are times when I feel like there’s not much left at the end of the day. I use to be a strong multi-tasker and now that has all gone away.  If I try to do too many things at one time, something is going to go wrong.  I’ve had to cut the list down each day which means priorities are coming into question.

Let’s just take a minute to break things down for you.

Meal planning

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This has basically been non-existent.  I’ve been rotating the same four meals every week for MONTHS.  Tacos, turkey burgers, meatloaf, and something else I can’t really remember right now.  All served with a veggie side and sweet potatoes.  When all of that fails, there have been Healthy Choice or Lean Cuisine meals.

I haven’t really been taking the time to make this work.  I really just haven’t been taking the time to prep meals and get things done the way I once did.  The one thing I don’t mind every week is the sweet potatoes.

I need to focus on making foods in the crockpot and I’m thinking about getting an Instapot but the whole idea still worries me.  BUT I see people making things in their Instapot which looks really good.  I think I’ll be looking for a serious Black Friday deals. I see Target will have one for $69 but that’s not really a deal.  I might end up getting one beforehand.

The Mom Life

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This is always hard because things come up that you can’t plan for in life.  That is hard for me because I’m a very schedule oriented person when something happens off plan it throws me into a tailspin.  I should probably learn to be a little more adaptable. I do roll with the punches in life, but sometimes it’s just hard.

Being a mom is always the first priority.  I’m a working mom who also brings her kid to work.  I’m blessed that I am able to do that but it just adds a little something extra on my day.  Most days are easy but those off days of her having bad days can really mess things up.  I manage to deal all of this with as much grace as I can.  Things are just busy but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

If you want to know the real answer to the question, here it is.  I’ve been trying to be the best mom I can be and balance everything else.  I will say this every day of my life, but it’s a humbling experience.  But the moments are ones I wake up for every day.

Exercising and Running

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Most weeks I work out six days a week.  My goal is always to get at least 45 minutes of exercise a day.  Lately, I’ve been tired and I don’t always get up to work in the morning in the name of getting sleep.  I do still teach my cycle class twice a week.

I’m exactly one month away from my marathon.  December 2nd is coming up soon and training has been DRAINING!  Before I could run on my own schedule and not worry about it.  If I needed to sleep, it would be ok to just run later.  I don’t really have those options anymore which has made this training cycle very challenging for me (along with a few other things).

I love running but my body doesn’t always enjoy running.  My hips don’t move the way they did pre-baby but I’m working through this issue every day.  I’m just looking forward to finishing my last month of training to run the marathon.  It hasn’t been easy and some days have just haven’t been in my favor.

I just have to keep reminding myself that it’s how I handle the challenges that make me stronger.

Sometimes life gets in the way of doing the things you want to do. Maybe I’m learning the hard lesson that you can’t have it all the way you envision it. But you know what, I can have enough and I want to be the best version of myself doing the things I want in my life. I need to reshuffle and regroup but I’m still here.

Something is better than nothing

Something is better than nothing

Happy Monday! This morning I had a friendly reminder that something is better than nothing. Obviously, this wasn’t the blog post I had planned for today but this is the message that was meant to be shared today. Last night, I knew I needed to get up this morning to get my workout in.  This week is going to be complicated and the only sure thing I know is getting my sweat on in the morning is guaranteed.  I don’t want to have the same week as I did last week.  It was disjointed and it just felt weird. This…

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The 18-month old

The 18-month old

My baby (to be known as Tiny Tot) turned 1 and a half (in mom terms 18 months). I’ve never really had to opportunity to talk about her much on the blog because I didn’t think there was a place for it. Guess what? It’s the place for it now. I’ve been blessed to be able to spend time with my child and still work full-time. Sometimes it’s challenging and sometimes it’s just not easy. There are days when I do have to depend on the care of others to help me out, but for the most part, she’s with…

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The necessary name change

The necessary name change

Welcome to Mom Works It Out! You probably haven’t noticed but I’ve changed the name of the blog. It’s been a hard decision because I’ve been We Beat Fat for so long but I really feel like it was time to change. We Beat Fat hasn’t been a WE for a long time. Yes, it was a place to chronicle our healthy living but it was more about Angela and less about Willie. He took his hand at blogging and decided it wasn’t the place for him. We lost weight as a couple and started living a healthy life but…

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The battle for mental health

The battle for mental health

There’s been so much talk lately about mental health lately with the passing of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. I was a huge fan of Anthony Bourdain and one day I hope to be able to tell a story like him.  That death hit me a little harder, but it also opened up some emotions in me.  People committed suicide every day and I’m glad there is focus on mental health right now.  But I feel like we should be focusing on this more than what we do and I don’t mean by giving out a suicide prevention number. I’m…

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The future is calling

The future is calling

The future is calling and it’s time to start making plans. A new day is on the horizon and I am really trying to start something new.  I need the change because things are just not good.  My attitude hasn’t been positive.  I’ve stopped planning, therefore, I’ve stopped setting goals. I’ve been slacking off a bit lately and I haven’t felt like myself.  I’ve been down.  I haven’t had a positive outlook on much.  I guess I’ve just been lost. Normally, I’m really hard on myself for these things, but after a deep discussion yesterday I won’t be like that.…

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Mother’s Day revelation

Mother’s Day revelation

I hope all the mommas out there had a good Mother’s Day  I wanted to make my return to blogging yesterday, but my site had something else in mind.  This morning things are back to normal (a bit) so I’m ready to dive in. Motherhood has changed my life completely and I feel like I keep saying the same things over and over. I don’t think I’m that interesting or what I do is anything special. But there are people who still follow me, who are interested in the journey, and just want to know. I need to share those…

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Friday Five (on Saturday): Motivation Edition

Friday Five (on Saturday): Motivation Edition

Yesterday was a crazy, long day for me so I didn’t have a chance to get my blog post done.  I hope you don’t mind that I’m posting a Friday Five on a Saturday.  I hope everyone had a great week.  I’ve been watching the Olympics all week long and it’s great to see people going after their dreams.  It’s been a good week so I have no complaints.  I ate my prepped meals and really enjoyed what we had for dinner.  See, it does pay to try something new. On to my list.  I got some new stuff to…

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Do you love yourself?

Do you love yourself?

Happy Valentine’s Day!  It’s a day of love.  It’s a day to share your love for other people but I don’t want you to forget yourself.  We always talk about the people we love, the things we love to do, and many more things. I hope you had a wonderful day and enjoyed the love. I spent the day working and hanging out with my precious little girl. I definitely felt the love all day long. It’s a nice feeling to have, but it also got me thinking about something else. But how many times do we talk about the…

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A non running week

A non running week

I have declared this a non-running week and it sucks.  I’m already having a really awesome week so this just tops it off. I have a perfectly valid reason for not running this week, but it doesn’t make it any better.  My hip flexor is pretty torn up and I need it to heal.  I haven’t really run without pain since having the baby but it’s something that is manageable.  I thought I was hitting my running stride in December and then this happened. A couple of weeks ago I ran the Louisiana half marathon and the quarter marathon the day…

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Reasons to slow down while eating

Reasons to slow down while eating

Yesterday, I was traumatized because I saw my life flashing before my eyes.  I simply wanted to eat lunch with my daughter and it turned into a nightmare situation. I got some food stuck in my throat.  I could still breathe and mumble a bit, but I knew it was just a matter of seconds before those positive things would turn into a negative. I really thought I was going to die and it scared the crap of me.  There were many things that ran through my mind, but they all revolved around my sweet baby girl. Eventually, the food…

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