Way back in 2003, I entered college with the dream of starting my own magazine, a women’s (health and wellness) magazine. Obviously I took a much different path, but I still LOVE magazines! Something about being able to combine flashy pictures, quick content, stories, news, tips, etc. all into a pretty little read is so exciting and enticing to me.
And EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. I’m at the store, I get had by them in the checkout line.
Why, yes! I want to know the latest gossip about the The Bachelor or Bachelorette! Yes, I’d like to see the best/worst dresses of the VMAs. Gimme all the dirt on all the celebrities. Sure, I’ll have a looky at the sexiest men in the world…
One headline motif that has me drop everything (and sometimes forget I’m shopping with kids) is anything health and fitness. “So-and-So’s diet and exercise plan.” “Shrink Your Belly!” “Slim. Sexy. Stronger.”
It’s not that I’m falling for the headlines… OK. OK, I am. (Well played, Us Weekly and Shape! Well played!) However, being that I’m a visual learner, I want to see what tips these celebrities or professionals have that could be introduced to my life, to my reality. I want to see “real” examples of what others are actually doing to maintain a balanced, fit lifestyle. I then take what info I need and leave the six-pack abs to the fitness model.
So what does all that have to do with this post? Well, as mentioned, I’m a visual, as well as hands-on, learner. I need to touch it, taste it, feel it, and possibly see it a couple of times before I can completely digest what I’m learning. Because of that, I also do better in teaching others by showing them or writing it out.
When asked on IG what YOU as readers wanted to hear about next, the majority voted health and fitness. Me being no expert (yet!) thought perhaps the best way to begin sharing my wellness knowledge is to simply give you a visual of my daily life and the healthy habits I’ve implemented up over time.
Therefore, this post will be two-fold… I’ll write out a fairly typical day in my shoes and then do a play-by-play on my Insta-story on Monday, November 13th. Keep in mind that I’m a professional mom recently turned stay-at-home-mom of three little people, so I know both sides. I’m an Air Force wife of a pilot, so I’m often in single-mom-mode. Again, I can relate to two different lifestyles. I also have been living a fairly healthy life for some time, and I’m living this life because of choice (i.e. no medical conditions).
So here goes… a day in my life…
4:30 a.m.– Wake-up, coffee, prayer, phone/computer time
5:00- 6:00 a.m.- Workout, blog, journal, OR tend to the family’s agenda/calendar
6:00-7:30 a.m.– Clock-in to mom-mode and squeeze in breakfast
7:45 a.m.– Herd children out the door for school drop-offs
8:30 a.m.– Run errands or come home to clean the house
9:30 a.m.– Eat mid-morning snack
9:45 a.m.– Hang with my youngest + attack the infinite “To-Do list” or stroll around the neighbor
11:00 a.m.– First school pick-up
11:30 a.m.– Lunch with my boys
12:00 p.m.- Catnap with the boys OR workout (only if I missed my a.m. session) OR attack the “To Do List”
1:15 p.m.– Second school pick-up + afternoon snack
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.– All kid stuff (which oftentimes include a trip to the gym or a walk… this is heavily spawned by a much needed mental break from the kids + free childcare)
5:00 p.m.– Dinner with the family
6:00- 7:45 p.m.– Family time + phone time + tea time
8:00 p.m.– TV with my hubby
9:00 p.m.– Read until my eyes close
Workouts currently include (but not limited to):
- Tone It Up’s daily moves + YouTube videos
- Running (1- 3 miles ~ 2x per week)
- Weightlifting at the gym (1- 2 x per week)
- Yoga (on my own or with the help of YouTube 1-2 x per week)
Meals include (but certainly not limited to):
- Breakfast– smoothies, protein pancakes, or egg muffins with toast
- Snack 1– plain greek yogurt with granola and fruit, protein bar, mini muffins or donuts (all healthy and YUMMY, thanks to Tone It Up’s recipes!!)
- Lunch– kale salad with chicken, half chickpea or chicken salad sandwich, veggie bowl with ground chicken or turkey, or whole wheat wrap with banana and peanut butter
- Snack 2– smoothie, carrots and hummus, peanut butter cookie (TIU recipe) with almond milk
- Dinner– lean meat with sautéed or baked veggies
- Snack 3– tea or a small bowl of ice cream
Please know that I’m no saint in eating this way all the time. I have a very strong sweet tooth (especially since I stopped drinking), so I indulge often with no regrets (would much rather pop open a pint of ice cream than a bottle of wine). I also am that mom who will nibble on the kids’ leftovers and steal Halloween candy without blinking an eye. When I eat out (which is maybe 1x per week), I order whatever I want.
However, the reason I give myself the green light on the indulgences is because of balance and consistency. If you’ve ever heard of the 80/20 rule (eat well 80% of the time and indulge 20%), I’d say my numbers are coming out to 75/25. That’s my balance, and it works for me and my current lifestyle goals.
The consistency comes more so in the form of my exercise. Because I use exercise as my self-care and therapy, I’m pretty darn consistent on getting it done, no matter what! My family is also super supportive of this time because they know the wrath that can come when I don’t workout.
That all said, hope this initial written visual helps you in some way, but stay tuned for my Insta-story (@fromwine2fine) for real-time visuals.
Lastly, although I’ve made some mental notes on future topics, please feel free to leave a comment below, shoot me a message or reach out on IG with what YOU want to learn more about. I’ll get on it ASAP!