You guys, I have such a treat for you. The lovely, talented rock star Nichole (formally of Live for the Run, currently of NicsDayBook) is here to guest post today! If you remember LFTR, it was one hell of a blog that was sure to motivate you to head out the door on a run just for the heck of it. Nichole is one of the most motivating, inspiring and hilarious people I have ever met.
Hi! The fabulous mama B asked me to pop over and entertain y’all while she’s getting all loved-up on by her new babe.
As a fellow mama, most recently to my second boy, I thought we’d chat a bit about schedules. If you’re reading this with no children, stop reading and go for a run. Seriously.
If you have a kid, or even if you don’t, you understand how school, work and general life priorities sneak up on you in a hurry. Suddenly you find yourself on email at 10 at night, or trying to figure out if you have time to wash your clothes or yourself. It’s time to make time!
With all the chaos that surrounds us, you have to fight to keep it together. For me, it helps when I put my goals on paper, so I started making lists.
According to NPR: Lists bring order to chaos. “People are attracted to lists because we live in an era of overstimulation, especially in terms of information…And lists help us in organizing what is otherwise overwhelming.”
Put a workout on your to-do list, this way you’ll have to schedule around it. Make activity a priority. Just like you would grocery shopping or doing laundry. Sounds simple, but you might find the more things you jot down the more you stay focused and on task.
I not only feel accomplished after a good workout, but I think more clearly and my body gets that natural post-workout endorphin kick. I’ll take 15 min of working out over a 15 minute nap. I have definitely tested both.
And as a massive running enthusiast…I’ll tell you my 3 workout must-haves for new moms:
The BOB Revolution SE- This is my running partner/trainer. Having tried other “jogging” strollers, the BOB is the most resilient and handles better than them all. I have the carseat insert and was walking with my boys a week after they were born. You’ll be jogging in no time! I just bought the Duallie and it’s still surprisingly light to push. Although I swear I feel like I should have bought a wheelbarrow.
Old Navy Running Tops – I am a Lululemon snob but post-baby the last thing you want is clingy clothes, especially around the ol’ waistline. I found, surprisingly, that Old Navy GoDry graphic tees and tanks are crazy comfortable. I am typically not a fan of this type of soft material, it’s not cotton, making it still lightweight and breathable. Also a good material for this time of year with the change in temps.
Aden + Anais Classic Swaddle Blankets – this is obviously for the wee ones.Sometimes it’s hard to judge the temperature and I’ve found that these blankets are perfect for layering. I take an extra with me in case it gets windy or a sprinkle sneaks up, or I throw it over as a cover if it’s too sunny. They’re great for keeping babes cool yet snuggly.
Currently of, http://nicsdaybook.wordpress.
I’m a mother to two rambunctious boys, wife to a crazy adventurer, and settling into life back in ‘Murica after living internationally for a few years. Over at Live For The Run, I covered all aspects of running, health and fitness, including training, gear, nutrition and other fun topics to keep you motivated and moving. I believe working out and staying fit should be a lifestyle and not “work.”