Even before I had kids, my mornings were a struggle—but I am a morning person. That does not really make sense, does it? The morning is actually my favorite part of the day. Mornings when you are rushed and stressed is a different story. I have been a mom for just over five years, and I like to think I am a master of the mornings by now…but that is not true. Here is a peek at how my mornings go:
I wake up between 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. I roll out of bed and do not even look at my phone, because if I do, there goes the first 15-20 minutes of my day. I throw on some workout gear and then do a high intensity 30-minute workout—right now I am on an Insanity kick. After my workout, I chug some water and a protein shake. Then I make black coffee—I gave up cream to lose weight, but it hasn’t worked yet.
The kids never wake up at the same time. Half the time, I get to work out alone, and half the time they are up. Ugh. If they are awake, I am trying to turn on a show and get them a snack and milk between my 30-second workout breaks. My kids are demanding in the morning, and this is where I pick my battles. I want to get my workout in, so I just give them what they want because it benefits me. The worst is when they get into a fight and I hear Isabelle crying at the top of her lungs, “I NEED YOU MOMMY.” I simply respond with, “You guys know the rules when I am doing my exercise.” Then they immediately stop fighting. Just kidding! The crying escalates and, before you know it, they are right in my space.
After my workout and fuel, I log into work to check email and see what my workday will be like. Then I prep and pack my snacks and meals for the day, which helps me stay on track and not binge on crap. I always spend too much time prior to showering because I think I have all this time that will just stand still. I take a five minute shower (seven minutes if I wash my hair). Then I do my hair and makeup in five minutes, get dressed, and make my bed. Dry shampoo and glotion are my favorite hacks to look fresh and ready!
Wait—there is more. I have to get the kids dressed and ready. Sometimes it is flawless, and I think, WOW! They are listening. Most the time, though, it is like wrangling a herd of cats—and it sounds that way too. But we manage to pull it together and leave. We listen to the Trolls and Sing soundtracks every morning. The music drives me crazy, but when I look in my mirror and see them singing and dancing, I can’t help but join in.
What are your mornings like? Do you have any tips on how to save time in the morning?