Thursday, March 17, 2011

Taking YOU Time

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How do you take time for yourself every day?  Wait, DO you take time for yourself every day?  Please tell me you do.  I mean, don't you know, "If Momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy."???

Trust me, I am a huDge carrier of Mommy Guilt.  I have three children.  But there's only one me.  And never enough of me to go around.  I constantly feel like someone is being shortchanged.  And on top of that?  I work full-time.  So forget about the milk and cookies waiting for my boyz as they tumble off the school bus and into my apron-clad arms.  Not happenin'.

But.  I am also a huDge proponent of Alone Time.  I NEED it.  And so, I have figured out, that my Alone Time can't cut into my Mommy Time or else it brings on the Mommy Guilt.

And so, the way I take time for myself every day is to wake up at the ass crack o'dawn for my Alone Time. While everyone else in my Trenches is still sound asleep. 

Thus, my alarm clock is set for 4:40 a.m.  On Mondays and Fridays, I meet with my personal trainer at 5am for an hour.  On Wednesdays and Thursdays, I run outdoors with a friend.

I never in a million years thought that exercise would be what makes me happy.  But somehow, some way, it truly does. 

By the time I'm done with my workout, my Trenches are still quiet.  I have time to cool down, think about the day ahead, and focus on how good I feel once the workout is OVER.

And I'm totally ready to face my day.  As a Mom.  As a Wife.  As a Paralegal.

(Gratuitous pic from my 5k run on Sunday - my finish time was 28:23)

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Rebecca said...

I love my me time! I also took up running 2 yrs ago! I love that I can do it MYSELF with no kids asking me to get a snack or a drink!
I ran my first 1/2 marathon here in MA last year! I am looking to do another one!

Unknown said...

I too am a full time mommy, full time wife and full time paralegal. I just started running and/or working out in the mornings while my toddler and her father are still asleep. The house is dark and peaceful and I love it!

Unknown said...

Hey Sarahviz you just inspired me! I was just thinking, today as a matter of fact, how can I get some me time?
I DEFINITELY need some. Thanks!

Vodka Logic said...

I take time every day one way or another... but my kids are older.. so it's not that hard.

Stephan said...

You need to have time for yourself.. enjoy your days mommies..
great post!

Elizabeth @ My Life, Such as it is... said...

I decided years ago that being a Mommy Martyr by not taking time for myself did not make anyone happy.

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