2.26.2013

Day in the Life of Skinny Meg

4:15am
That's what time my alarm goes off every morning. I know a lot of you think I'm some kind of superwomen who fits everything in a day. I won't say I have super powers, but I can say I fit a ton of shit into most of my days :)
Yes, it's gotten harder since I went back to work, here is my usual schedule and some of my tips for getting it all in.

Be organized.

I spend 30 minutes before bed packing bags, this includes my gym bag, Madison's bags, and my lunch box. I pre-make my Spark and put it in the fridge and I even get my coffee and breakfast ready for the next morning. I lay out what I want to wear the next day and I sleep in my sports bra and workout pants.
If you don't do it the night before you might as well just assume you are NOT going to get a workout the next day.
Getting up at 4am is rough, but necessary if you work. This is prime workout time, when I first started I tried so hard to make it at night. It was a beating, you KNOW I love my gym time, but at 630 it's difficult to focus on sweating! I would be at the gym and all I could think about was how I still had to go home, cook dinner, gives bathes, clean up, etc. Plus, I was freaking TIRED.

 

So 3x a week I do 5 am workouts, I live 20 minutes from the gym so I pack all my 'getting pretty' shit and take it with me to get ready for work there. 
I work M-F 8-530 and work is a hour drive to and from my house.
I will say you need to be committed, that first week or two of getting up this early will be hard! It will get easier, your body will adjust. Coffee helps.


On the mornings I don't go to the gym I blog, finding time to write posts is not easy. I can't do it at work because I don't have access, but sometimes I take my laptop to Starbucks on my lunch break. Each post takes me over an hour to write usually, but I enjoy doing it so I make time.

I get home from work around 6:30 where I feed Madison as soon as I walk in the door and then start cooking for Oliver and I. She doesn't eat what we eat, that girl is getting very picky. Not sure if you've ever tried to force a toddler to eat something, but that shit usually doesn't happen. 
I try 'healthy' mac and cheese and she's all 'I want a peanut butter sandwich'. Sigh. 


I'll be honest, I've been making the same 4 or 5 healthy recipes for months now. I'm just too lazy to look up new ones because I know EXACTLY what I need from the store and how long they take to cook :)
I hate hate hate hate thinking and planning and cooking dinner every night. Sigh.

If I was super awesome I would make 5 meals and freeze them ahead on Sundays. That's one of my goals.

Usually while dinner is going we do bath time and I do some light picking up around the house.
Some have commented and asked how I keep my house so clean. My husband is pretty good at helping and Madison is also pretty good at keeping MOST of her shit in the playroom. I hate messes though so I never let things get too messy! If both of you work it take a team to keep it up. Sunday nights are usually when we do laundry and deep clean.


My husband gets home around 8 and we usually eat dinner and watch a show. Bedtime routine around 9.


Yes she still sleeps with us, we all love to cuddle what can I say? haha.


We watch a sitcom while laying in bed, usually I'm out in 15 minutes.
Wake up and do it all over again.

Love,
SkinnyMeg

p.s. Don't forget about our recipe link up tomorrow for the 10 day cleanse! Even if you're not cleansing you can still link up recipes and find some new healthy options for eating :)

55 comments:

  1. Oh yes...the fun of a working mom!!! I'm up at 4am too to fit it all in! I try to do it every day but by Friday I'm ready for the week to be over!!! Everything is prepped the night before or else it just does not happen!

    Oh yes and what is it about picky toddlers?! We promised our daughter a princess castle if she tried 2 new foods...not a chance! Her response was that she has lots of toys!

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  2. you are a beast, I cant believe you can get up at 4 after getting to bed at 9, I am up at 5 and I get to bed around 9 usually... rarely do I make it to 10... but I dont have kids, so I havent learned to live on less sleep... I am loving your daughters keeks by the way, she is adorable!!!! it makes me seriously think about kids sooner rather than later!!! :)

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  3. The family that cuddles together stays together. ;)
    Thanks for the post...it's always helpful to see how others make it all work.

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  4. My little one slept with me until he was three and had a brother on the way. Treasure those moments. They will not want to sleep with us forever, unfortunately. Love your routine! I'm going to get up at four a.m tomorrow thanks to you! ;)

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  5. This may be a dumb question but I am trying to switch to some am workouts.. I already get up at 415, so I figure I should be making the best of it.. Are you able to shower and get ready quickly? My problem is I dont really want to shower at the gym but its looking like thats my only option.. I also straighten my hair everyday with a flat iron.. Thinking I may need to embrace messy hair to make this work..
    Thanks :)

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  6. All I can say is WOW! You give me motivation to get my ass in gear. Keep it up.

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  7. Meg, you are a unique person and mother. It takes dedication. Last fall I began my 4:45 wake up call and dropped a considerable amount of weight(15 lbs starting #155). I stopped last Christmas season and gained 10 back. It wasn't until last month I discovered fasting cardio/fasting workouts. That is what helped me drop so easily. So, I'm back at it. Friends don't understand why I'm in bed at 9:15 when they stay up till midnight. Duh, I can't function without sleep. Love your blog & following you on Instagram. You keep me inspired.

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  8. Wow you are pretty much Superwoman to me, I need to get my butt out of bed in the morning like you do!

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  9. Your workout photos look so fun and make me wanna go to the gym and workout again! I just got back from a kick butt kickboxing class! I don't know if I've ever looked so happy to be at the gym as you do in your photos! I wish we could workout together!

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  10. O..m..g.....that's all I have to say about your communtes to the gym and to work. I am so spoiled by living in a town where you either work here or drive a loooooooong way. All my friends in DFW have huge commutes so I should have figured.

    Was it hard saying yes to a job that was an hour away? Or was the job so extremely perfect for you that you didn't give a shit??

    Good post. I'm always wondering how you fit it in!

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  11. Do you shower and everything at the gym too, or just dry shampoo it and call it done? I feel like I am still filthy if I don't shower after working out & I really want to start working out in the mornings, but I worry I won't be able to get ready at the gym without looking like I got ready at the gym. Does that make sense? haha

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  12. Superwoman! My husband is working late every night this week so yesterday and today (and hopefully the rest of the week) I am getting up at 5 to get my workout in. So far I feel fantastic the rest of the day! This may be my new normal!

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  13. Sweet Lord, that's a tall order! I'm a SAHM to two littles under 4...and I am not half as organized or prepared on any given day as this....and I should absolutely have the time, no? : ) I'm still adjusting to this "life with 2"....well, that's what I tell myself anyway! You go girl!!! : )

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  14. Sweet Lord, that's a tall order! I'm a SAHM to two littles under 4....and I'm not half as prepared or organized on any given day as this....and I should absolutely have the time, no? I'm still adjusting to "life with 2"....well, that's what I tell myself anyway : ) You go girl!

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  15. There is one thing that keeps me from working out in the mornings. Breakfast. So my question for you is:
    Do you eat breakfast before or after you work out, or both?
    I could have time to work out in the mornings if i got dressed at the gym and headed straight to work, but then how would i eat my regular breakfast of scrambled eggs and toast?
    ThinkThin bars for breakfast maybe?

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  16. LOVE IT! I was always a 5am exerciser myself. I'd love to get back into that groove. Currently, I work from home and my gym is a 5 minute drive, so I leave rigth a 3 when I get off of work, my son goes to after school care 3x a week. I workout for an hour or so, and then I also get there early on the weekends.

    You've got a great routine down! you go girl!!

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  17. Wowzers...and I thought I was busy everyday! My son (4 year old) still sleeps with us and I love it. All the fam (dog too)snuggling together. Love your blog I look forward to it everyday. oh and great job over in Mama L's bathroom!

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  18. I know I need to make it to the gym in the morning. Well.. once I am cleared to work out again. I'm making it to the gym now but it's for physical therapy.

    The first few weeks are the hardest. I do so much better when I am meeting someone at the gym. Because then if I don't make it, I am letting someone else down - not just myself.

    I think the trick for me is getting to bed early. That's something I am not so great at. And maybe drinking coffee before even stepping foot in the gym.

    Thanks so much for sharing a day in the life of you and your story. I really enjoy following along, and it inspires me to know other people have lost all the weight and kept it off!

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  19. Yay! So we're not the only ones that still sleep with their toddler! I definitely need to try waking up early to work out.

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  20. I woke up this morning at 430 to get everyone ready and work out before work - while I hated every second of waking up, I am so glad my workout is done for the day :) Oh and 3 year olds? my 3 year old daughter could live off of yogurt if we let her...makes me crazy! :)

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  21. Hi skinnymeg! :) I've gotta say - this is EXACTLY what I needed to read today! I've been reading your blog for a few months now and you are a HUGE inspiration to me to work out and stay healthy. I've been wanting to get up in the morning to get my workouts in and have been just plain LAZY. Seeing all you can get done in one day really proves to me that I can do it too. Thanks for all you do. I absolutely LOVE reading your blog. You're great!

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  22. A day in the life :)
    Way to fit it all in Meg! You rock :)

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  23. On the days you do Spark at the gym, do you do coffee too? I usually Spark in the car on the way to the gym and then feel like I need coffee by the time I get to work. Do you ever feel like you're on caffeine overload?!

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  24. Hi. I am very impressed. Does Madison go to child care? What time do you get her up and around?

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  25. I had never followed any blogs until a few months ago when I found both you and Mama Laughlin on Pinterest while searching ways to stay motivated on my weight loss journey. Both of you are like the little angels sitting on my shoulders telling me "You can do this!" while struggling with the everyday battles of not enough time in the day, husband, 3 kids, work...everything! You are amazing!! Thank you!!

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  26. I had never followed any blogs until finding you & Mama Laughlin on Pinterest a few months ago. Both of you keep me inspired on a daily basis through my weight loss journey. Through all the struggles of not enough time in the day, husband, 3 kids, work, keeping up with housework, etc...I consider Skinny Meg & Mama Laughlin the little angels sitting on my shoulder telling me " You can do this!!" whenever I feel like giving up and have an affair with Ben and Jerry ;) lol. Thank you so much for sharing your story! Dede :)

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  27. Get it girl! Being prepared and focused is what it takes. I get up at 4:15 4 days a week to work out and it is so worth it!

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  28. I don't know how you do all of this on so little sleep! You are really disciplined and I love that!

    XO,
    Jane

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  29. great post! I dont know how you can sleep in your sports bra! yuck. I need to try it again. I did sleep in my heart rate monitor once because i wanted to see how many calories i burned while sleeping...... very uncomfortable! all that to see 2 calories burned! ha!

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  30. You rock!!

    I need to get back into habit of getting up early again! You just feel better and get more shit done when you get up early!

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  31. Send me some of your organization vibes :) That awesome!!!

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  32. Hey girl, im a newer reader of yours, i love your blog though. Found you through Brandi's blog. You definitely do seem like a super hero, i cant even manage that much without kids. You motivate me to wanna get into the gym at 5:00am before work and like Brandi, i dont do 5:00am workouts. Thanks for the inspiration! check out my blog sometime!

    http://kto420.blogspot.com/

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  33. New follower here. I love your ideas. Time is always an issue for me too. Two children, husband and full time job its so hard..I try to get my butt up at 4:00 but haven't been able to do it yet, would love to get my workout done for the day. Great tips!

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  34. I think you need to paint the antlers pink! haha.http://www.houzz.com/photos/1689340/Faux-Taxidermy--The-Boris--White-With-Pink-by-White-Faux-Taxidermy-eclectic-artwork

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  35. I get up super early too =) That's the only way that I can manage to get everything I need to get done...DONE! How are you fitting in your running?! Do just use the weekend for your long runs? Or do you run throughout the week too or just gym? Just curious as to what others do to train for their run =)

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  36. you are so super dedicated! I don't know how working moms do it!

    I have an 11 year old, STILL can't get him to eat so many things....it's not just toddlers that have that problem! Did finally get him to sleep without me, but still make him cuddle sometimes 'cause it's just good for you!

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  37. Sounds like your days are crazy!!

    Hope you're having a wonderful day!
    -Sheree
    The Hartungs Blog
    thehartungs.blogspot.ca

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  38. Oh my gosh, I am so jealous of your ability to wake up so early and actually function! I am the momma who hears my son waking up 30 minutes early and sticks my earplugs back in for just an extra 30 minutes of sleep! Ahhh!! And to think I will have another baby in just 3 months! I seriously think I need a whole pot of coffee to even be up at 8 am, I am so not a morning person! But to see someone who works full time, is a wife and a mommy, and can fit in workouts and have an AH-MAZING house, I am definitely inspired to kick my mommy and wifey skills up a notch!

    I'd love for you to check out my blog sometime and let me know what you think!

    www.mybeautifulcrazyamazinglife.blogspot.com

    Keep being awesome!

    and btw, you must have a pretty great husband who is so cool with your house being the coolest decorated house ever, I think my husband would flip if I had a pink table! Any secrets?? haha :)

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  39. Holy batman! You are like a bona-fide rock star... meanwhile here I am terrified of going back to work because I don't think I can get all my crap done!

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  40. I am NOT a morning person. I want to be but I am NOT LOL I like your idea of sleeping in the workout clothing though. TY!

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  41. Thanks for the motivation! I lost 20 lbs last summer, gained 6 back over the holidays, and just recently lost those 6 again. I'm a teacher AND a major lazy ass so I need help!! I would love to be in a routine of waking early to workout here at home because I have ZERO energy after work!!

    What are your workouts like, and what did you do to initially lose the weight? I still have about 50-60 lbs to lose!

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  42. Thanks for sharing. I have to get more organized. I have 5 kids and work part-time and can't get it together! lol

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  43. I love you and Mama Laughlin you guys are amaze balls!

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  44. So the very first question that pops into my head is how are you guys trying for baby #2 if baby #1 is in bed with you every night?! Hahaha, thats immediately where my head goes! Come on, Skinny Meg! I can't wait to see you DIY up a chevron nursery!

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  45. My daughter is three and still sleeps in between my husband and I. Glad to know we aren't the only ones ;) I swear I sleep so much better knowing she is right there by me. You are an inspiration. Love your blog!

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  46. How long did it take you to get used to waking up that early? I work part-time so I am home about 3 days out of the week and have 2 small children and I LOVE my sleep, but of course they dont take naps at the same time half the time and that is when I can usually get my workout in...I love working out in the morning it gives you so much energy but I would have to get up at like 4 every time, and that sounds disgusting lol.

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  47. I think it's sweet she sleeps with you. We co-sleep too. I don't mind it a bit.
    Now if I could just get your workout ethic down..I'd be set!
    Thanks for having a great blog! I look forward to it daily!

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  48. You are freakin awesome! You have inspired me to start my morning workouts again. I am just now finishing breastfeeding, so I finally feel like I have my body back and can lose the last of the baby weight.

    Blog post idea: can you give tips on your regimen and techniques for sunless tanning. I tend to end up streaking and orange. ;)

    Thanks so much for blogging!

    Nancy @ thedoubravadiaries.blogspot.com

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  49. Thank you. My friend and I had started going to the gym at 5am several months. She ended up bailing on me and switching gyms. I'm now going alone at that awful hour. It helps knowing you're busting out a work out that early; gives me the umph to get out of bed on days I REALLY don't feel like it.

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  50. Oh my gosh....just reading this makes me tired! But you make me feel better about my busy days. It's hard to get all that stuff in when you have work and a commute. Thanks for sharing!

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  51. I am catching up on my blogs today and this post was just what I needed to hear. I make so many excuses about why I can't do morning workouts and why other people can but you stopped me in my tracks on that one. I also have an hr drive to and from work and I like to use that as my excuse for not having time. Thanks for the motivation!! I always know where to come with I need that extra kick :)

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  52. This post makes me THINK about working out before work. Plus thus Sat is daylight savings.
    On the dinner note, feed Madison what you eat for dinner, unless you want to still make her separate dinner in 7years. Still doing for first born, often kid.

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  53. This post makes me THINK about working out before work. Plus thus Sat is daylight savings.
    On the dinner note, feed Madison what you eat for dinner, unless you want to still make her separate dinner in 7years. Still doing for first born, often kid.

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  54. Do you eat in the morning before your workout?

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