So You Don’t Have Time?

Once upon a time I said I was going to write a book on overcoming excuses (particularly around living a healthy lifestyle). Well that never really happened. I did however write this mini chapter on the age old excuse of not having time, so I figured I’d share it with you.

Nobody is too busy; it’s just a matter of priorities. -Unknown 

The age old excuse everyone uses at some point is “I don’t have time.”

The truth is everyone has time. We all have the same amount of time every day. We all get 24 hours or 1440 min or 86400 seconds each and every day. Weird to break it down isn’t it?!

Let’s say you sleep the recommended 8 hours every night. That still leaves 16 hours or 960 minutes or 57600 seconds of your day. 

So when you say you don’t have time, you’re telling me that out of 57600 seconds you can’t find 1800 to set aside to workout out?? To take care of your body? You only get one, remember. 

We all have time, it’s merely a matter of priority. You will always make time for what you feel is a priority. Let’s say you have a deadline coming up and you haven’t even started to work on the project. I’m guessing you suddenly have all the time you need to get it done just before the deadline? Am I wrong? No? I didn’t think so. 

Among all the excuses I hear for why people don’t take care of their bodies, not having time is the most pathetic. Some of the most amazing athletes I know work just as many if not more hours at their day job than the average person. They also volunteer, eat, sleep, oh and that’s right – they take AMAZING care of their bodies. 

Let’s take Clare Gallagher for example. Claire is an amazing young woman. She’s a world renowned ultra distance runner. Women’s Winner of the Leadville 100 Mile race in 2016. She’s also a tutor, an avid environmental activist, traveler, and just down right good ol’ Colorado Mountain girl. My point is she MAKES TIME. She tutors for a living and runs as a passion and to care for her body. It’s important to her so she makes it happen. 

Clare at 2019 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run going through Robinson Flat Aid Station. She went on to win this race too!

Remember that if you don’t take care of yourself you won’t be able to show up for the others that matter in your life. 

So let’s break the day down further. I promise you still have time even with a job and community activities. 

We’ve already determined sleep leaves us with 57600 seconds in our day. Let’s assume you work 8 hours a day. That will leave you with 28800 seconds. Commute time for many is about 2 hours a day: ok down to 21600 seconds. Time to get ready in the morning and time for dinner at night totals 3 hours: leaves 10800 seconds. 

Did you read that?!

You still have 10800 seconds every work day left!

This isn’t even looking at weekends. All you really need to take care of your body is 1800-3600 seconds per day to workout! This would mean you still have 7200-9000 seconds every day to do whatever else it is you like to do. That’s a lot of time.

Alright you get it. You do have time. But how do you prioritize? How do you “make” the time (you that you already have)? How do you get over it? 

First things first. You have to want to have time. No matter how much you may need it, I guarantee if you don’t want it it’s not going to happen. Let’s look back at that project. You may not really like what you’re doing for that project. It’s probably why you procrastinated in the first place. But if you don’t finish it on time you will lose your job. Therefore; you inherently want to finish so you don’t lose your job.

If you honestly don’t like working out and taking care of your body then look at the other reasons why you’re doing it. You want to live healthier because?? Because you want to see your children and grandchildren get married? You want to go on a cruise and be comfortable in that new bikini? You want go places you can’t go by car? Etc…Write these out. Put them on your wall. Remember that yogurt commercial where she hung her “Itsy bisty teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini” on the wall until she fit in it? DO THAT!

Second, look at what you are doing. What are you doing during that time you could be using? Are you moping about how you don’t like the way you look and feel? I promise doing something about it will help more than moron about. Are you watching TV? Playing video games? Dinking around on Facebook? All that time could be used to take care of yourself!!! Heck there’s a lot of things you can do while still catching up on your favorite shows. Hop that dusty old elliptical for example. Or pre cut some veggies so they are easy to add to your next meal. Honestly there are lots of things that can be done while watching TV. Still watch live TV with commercials?? Every commercial break is now a mini workout. Tadaa! Multitasking at its finest. But seriously, do you NEED to be doing these things? Heck do you REALLY want to be spending hours on Facebook? Set your phone down, turn on some up music, and move your body!

Third: SCHEDULE IT! Yup, that’s right, put it on your calendar. Make your phone go off an hour ahead of time. It’s a mandatory meeting between you and your body. If you are a procrastinator there’s a couple options. Schedule it for first thing in the morning. Then it’s done, it’s out of the way of everything else and you don’t have to think about it the rest of the day. This is also a great way to get blood flowing and help you wake up on the morning. Another option is in the evening. Then it’s your last thing, your making it happen because the deadline is up, you are out of time so you have to fit it in. Downside is for many this can keep you up if it’s too close to bed. I recommend it be a couple hours before you plan to sleep. One thing I did in college to get through my long days was scheduled time right smack dab in the middle of the day. This helped break the day up and gave me a new burst of energy to go into my afternoon labs with. 

It’s all a matter of making yourself and your health a priority. Priorities always get time preference. And remember: you only get one body and you can’t care for others if you don’t care for yourself first. It’s true when they say you can’t pour from an empty pitcher. So make yourself a priority and I promise you, you do have time to fill yourself up. 

Nightmare Come True (Part 1 of 2 maybe 3)

I’ve spent a lot time thinking and rewriting how I would share about this. How I would share about a nightmare come true. I wrote a draft basically telling everyone to F***ing wash their hands and cover their mouths. I wrote a draft that probably was a wee be too sciency for most.

Today we are home! Those words. We’ve said them before coming home from NICU. Doing a happy dance (yes literally) when we got told we’re going home.

Thank you Peanuts for teaching us how to Happy Dance

Yesterday we did that happy dance all over again.

On Valentine’s Day I got a call from my wee man’s child care provider he had a low fever and wouldn’t stop crying. After 6 days of a yo-yo fever and no other obvious symptoms I took him in to get checked out. Strep and flu negative but a bit of a red throat. Aka – no big deal probably just a little cold give it a few more days.

Sick and stealing cookies… can’t be that bad?

Next day urine reaks…I’m talking his pee only diaper smelled like the worst poopy one he’s had… REAKS. Ok so it must be a UTI.

Nope. Culture comes back negative and now he has a cough. 24 hours after cough develops its way worse and now sounds like wheezing too. To the ER

“Sounds like croup.” Treat for croup – responds – pediatrician agrees the following day.

In ER and yet he’s smiling

Now it’s Wednesday. Night before had been up and down. Morning ok. After nap little man sounds horrible. I’m thinking it’s the strider (sounds kinda like wheezing but more high pitched sound that comes with croup). Hot shower….still just standing there looking at me like he can barely breathe.

Pediatrician has an immediate opening so we head there and find out he’s actually wheezing. Thinking it’s just the virus effects on his preemie lungs. He responds to a couple nebulizer treatments and sounds and looks better. So we go home with the same medication for over night with plans to re-assess the following day.

Nebulizer at pediatrician
Playing while waiting to see if meds helped

Suction machine at pediatrician

Mom I don’t feel good

We never made it to the following day.

To be continued…

Slow Down

It’s ok to slow down.

It’s ok to slow down, especially when you’re feeling off. Hormone shifts can do that. So can lack of sleep. Or maybe you just didn’t eat enough.

You don’t necessarily feel bad- just not great.

It’s ok to slow down. We’re runners and that tends to be hard. But it’s ok to slow down.

So today I made peace with the treadmill. I want to start logging more miles but I’m still feeling off. So slow and easy – very easy.

Slowing it down can be helpful. It helps you make sure you’re breathing. Gives you time to feel every inch of your body. Check in with yourself about how it’s really feeling. Allows you to focus on form. All of these things lead to being a stronger less injury prone runner.

So again I repeat : it’s ok to slow down

Don’t compare your slow. My slow may be different than your slow. That’s ok. Focus on your own slow. Also know that today’s slow may be different than tomorrow’s. Again that’s ok.

Want some ‘sciency’ reasons to run slow. Check out The Happy Runner by David and Megan Roche.

Stand Still

Sometimes you just have to stand still

Forget the heaviness in your legs

Forget the growls of the hungry stomach

Forget the burn in the lungs

Sometimes you just have to stand still

Spread your arms out wide

Feel the warmth of the sun on your bare skin

Feel the cool breeze cover your body with goose bumps

Sometimes you just have to stand still

Take in the cool crisp air

Admire the snow capped mountains

Sometimes you just have to stand still

To become one with the trail

Weaning Warning I Wish I Had

Completely off topic

Not related to mountains

Or hiking

But it is related to being a mom

I want to talk about weaning and the potential hormone storm that can follow

Little D downing some almond milk out of a running flask 😂

Did you know the weaning period is just as hormonally crazy as the initial postpartum period?!

You can get postpartum depression or anxiety either as repeat or for the first time with weaning. It can make you feel sick, even worse than the flu.

Remember morning sickness from the first trimester….yea that can come back too

First off know you aren’t alone. I know no one ever bothered to tell me any of this ahead of time (even my own mom who had similar issues). So here’s my weaning story because ladies we should be talking about this!

Still eating like a champ

My son was a little over 16 months. I had just been super sick with the crud, kept hurting my back in weird positions nursing, and had just gotten over my seventh (SEVENTH!!!) bout of mastitis. I ended up deciding it was time to start the process. Thinking I’d get my son who nursed anywhere from 5 to 10+ times a day to just 4-5 times a day. From there I planned to slowly, over the course of several months, drop down until he was done.

Only this isn’t what happened. When I tried to get down to 4-5 times a day he decided 2 was better. That’s a huge drop. My body went haywire. Mood swings from hell. Crying at everything. Nauseous. Headaches. About a week in is when it was the worst.

I literally woke up one morning feeling like I’d been hit by a semi truck. I spent 3 days basically unable to function. Spending as much time as could on the couch while my little man sorta entertained himself in the living room. Unfortunately, as any mom knows, one doesn’t exactly get to rest when there’s a 16 month old around.

He steals the remote again

Please if you feel like this see your doctor!! Mastitis can mimic the flu, make you feel dead, as can many other infections. It’s always better to be safe than sorry in these cases.

After a long talk with my doctor (after confirming no infection) I decided it was best to cold turkey the last two nursing sessions a day. Not an easy decision. Don’t ever let anyone pressure you into weaning if you aren’t ready. I’ve been told to quit over and over since my little man was a month old.

For me it was better for my overall health to wean sooner than planned. My doctors feared I might end up with a mass in my breasts from repeat infections. The hormone storm was royally messing with my mental health and ability to be functional. By weaning faster than expected the hormones sucked, but could be over with the worst of it faster than if I slowly dropped the last two feeds.

Gotta eat still…at least can enjoy some things I haven’t been eating for Little D

Lots of rest but still getting movement is helpful for regulating your hormones. It can take a few weeks to a few months for things to regulate. It’s important to take care of yourself extra during this.

It’s different for everyone, but it’s important to know you aren’t alone in feeling like hell with weaning.

Mac’n’Cheese

In honor of my website working again I decided to share about Mac’n’Cheese!!

Oh yea that’s right. Cheesy delicious goodness.

I haven’t been able to eat dairy for over a year. After having recently weaned (more to come on that later) I celebrated by making Mac’n’Cheese from scratch…

Bye bye boxed stuff – the pressure cooker wins again!

Ok seriously this is the best Mac’n’Cheese I’ve ever had

And super easy

Toss into pressure cooker:

1lb medium pasta shells or small elbow noodles

2 tsp salt

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

2 tsp ground mustard seed

8 oz chopped mushrooms (optional)

Just shy of 4 cups water

Cook on high pressure for 4 min

Let decompress on own

Then mix in:

1 cup milk

4 oz cream cheese until it’s melted

Then:

12-16 oz cheese blend (I chose a Mexican cheddar blend) by handfuls as it melts

Top with or mix in:

Green onion to taste

A cooked meat of choice (optional bacon or chicken are great choices)

Enjoy!!

And ditch the boxed stuff…