a great question + my long answer
Happy Tuesday, friends! I got a great question a couple of weeks ago that I wanted to share with you and talk about a little bit:
Great question, and not a quick or easy answer! To begin, I train Sunday through Friday, from about 5:15am-7:10am during the school year. Then I shower, make and eat breakfast, throw my meals in my lunch bag, and I am out the door by 7:45am.
School starts at 8:30am and I get out at 2:50pm each day. I am that teacher who gets her work done on her prep and at lunchtime so that I do not have to spend extra time at school each day. I also have a para who helps me get double the amount of whatever I need to get done done. But, if something comes up and things get extra busy or if I feel like I need to do some catching up, I will stay after. Getting my training done in the morning is key to not feeling stressed or overwhelmed.
After school, I usually just get errands done, go to appointments, or just come home and do housework or cook, or REST! I like to be totally done with my day by 7:30 or 8pm so I can start winding down for bed!
I was never a huge social butterfly and I am pretty much a homebody- which I actually really love about myself. I really like having a schedule and a routine, and my close friends totally know that about me and they get it. Planning ahead is key for someone like me, that way, if I need to, I can work my training and sleep schedule around whatever the plan may be. With local friends, it is easy and we usually do an early dinner or a daytime shopping excursion, or something like that. When it's a weekend getaway, which my close friends and I do a couple times a year, I just rearrange my training schedule to accommodate it. If it's close to a meet, I either try and train Saturday morning before leaving, or Sunday afternoon when I get home, but if there is no meet in sight, I would just push training off until Monday.
I should note that I've grown to be very ok with saying "no" to things and people that do not make my life better. If someone or something is going to add stress to my life, I really have no issue with saying no altogether. It may sound rude, but I'm being completely honest, and there are a handful of people who add joy to my life and understand me- those are the people I say yes to- pretty much no matter what.
Being tired can be tough, but I make down-time and sleep a big priority. Basically, if I am going to have to be out extra late, I would choose not to go, or to go with my own car and leave early. Like I said before, my friends get this, and a lot of them are the same way at this point in their lives! Luckily, most of my time is spent with my husband, who is exactly the same as me. For example, at some point last year, we realized that our Friday night dinners out had to stop. We were both just exhausted and didn't look forward to going out to eat on a Friday night, nor did we really enjoy it because we were so beat from the week. We obviously wanted to have a nice dinner together out of the house, but with our lifestyle, going out to eat on a Saturday is just so much more enjoyable and relaxing- the way it should be. Now, on Fridays, I either cook dinner or we get takeout and snuggle with the dogs and go to bed early #perfect.
No matter what the plan or social event may be, the one thing that can keep you from getting derailed is sticking to your nutrition plan the best you can. Dinners out, parties, lunches with friends, a weekend or even week away- you can enjoy it all and remain fit, healthy, active, and continue chasing your goals.
However, if you take these opportunities to eat whatever and however much of it you want, maybe indulge in a few alcoholic beverages, things CAN get out of hand. I find that eating the way I normally eat (within reason- I don't bring a food scale with me everywhere!) during times that are very different from my every day lifestyle helps me so much. Maybe you won't get as much sleep as you need, maybe you won't get to train normally or at all, but if you keep your nutrition in check, focus on enjoying the people you're with and places you are, and continue to think of food as fuel for your body, you are going to feel SO much better. That is probably my biggest and most effective piece of advice!
That was a lot of reading for a Tuesday, am I right?! Here are just a couple pictures of meals today that I couldn't not share. Hope you had a great day!