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To breathe, to feel, to know I'm alive.
so, when I was a SAH and i had many kids in diapers, etc. i did once a week cooking. i'd cook sat and/or sunday for at least the week if not two. so those were dinners. get a food processor to do veggie prep (slicing, chopping) and freeze it for a different meal. always cook 2 meals at a time and put the 2nd one in the freezer. use teh crockpot a LOT.
ï¿½ We break up the cleaning into 15 minute increments and try to do them daily. It's amazing how much you can get done in 15 minutes and it really makes a difference if you can keep it going. Generally, the spouse in training will miss a few of these, but it keeps the spouse that isn't training from being solely responsible for everything, which definitely gets old.
I'll also add a "me too" to the poster who commented that we do this for fun, as a hobby. Sometimes, it feels like the training is the most important thing, but it's really not. If taking a day off once in a while will make the rest of your life better, do it. Ultimately, you'll be a better athlete if the rest of your life isn't constantly stressing you out.
this is GOLD. when i'm going to the bathroom (TIM?) i'm cleaning the sink. when i'm doing throwing in laundry i sweep the floor. cooking dinner? sweep floor, organize a cupboard. etc. multitask your tasks and take that 15 minutes to do some cleaning. it is really amazing how much you can do in 15 minutes.
Off topic, I know, but what kind of car did you get?
I negotiated with my assistant to come into work at 9am two days a week, and that seemed to change my life. I also found that the balance that training gave me made me more efficient in my work day, and I've been better at my job since then. The other thing I did was make Sunday my off day. I do my long run on Friday, long ride on Saturday, and then I can go out to dinner Saturday night, sleep in on Sunday and do "couple" things or now "family things."
Just put your head down and get it done! Good luck!
Right now there is a gigantic pile of clean laundry in the bedroom waiting to be folded and dishes in the dishwasher waiting to be put away, but at least we have clean dishes and clothes, so...
The condo is generally a disaster but as long as the clutter is contained and the trash gets taken out occasionally I try not to care too much. Sweeping up dog fur is a losing battle anyway. I've become a wee bit better at streamlining meals -- I have been cooking/prepping the next day's breakfast and lunch as I make dinner.
If nothing else, my big race is less than six weeks away and I can catch up then.
For cleaning, I do one thing a night and do one load of laundry per night. Tonight, for example, I'll vacuum downstairs. I never cook two nights in a row. I cook one night so we can have leftovers the next....I can only get them to eat the same thing twice. If there are more than two nights worth of food, I freeze it so we can reheat it one night the next week. I use the crockpot one night per week, which gets us through two nights and enough leftovers for one night the next week.
My long runs changed from out and backs to repeating a loop near our house so that I can run some of the loops with our dog and I can actually do a long run even if my husband is gone and my son is home alone. He just watches a movie/plays inside. I just don't let him have friends in the house while I'm not there to watch them. I do my hour long runs at lunch during work...it's a tough balance. I am sure you're doing a great job. Can you do one workout thing during your lunch hour? Hill repeats/running sprints, something. That really helps me feel not so crazy. Today, I ran at lunch, 90% humidity and all, then as soon as I leave work I am headed to the pool to crank out a workout quickly then get home. Anyway, best of luck in your upcoming race!!!
Also, I don't count active recovery in the training hours, but roll out at least 3xs a week.
We just had insulation blown into the walls. Since we live in a second-story condo they do it from the inside. Which means you pull EVERYTHING away from the walls (this included completely emptying my closet into a gigantic pile in the middle of the bedroom) so they can drill a hole in your wall, blow in the insulation, and patch it up.
My husband is having someone re-patch the walls today. Which means the entire condo is still coated with drywall dust. Everything is in gigantic piles. I can't use my kitchen. The dogs don't know which end is up. And now he's saying, "Well, since we have everything already away from the walls why don't we paint? And pick out new furniture?" One does not simply walk into Home Depot and leave with paint for the living room and bedroom!
I was upset about this yesterday but by today I'm like, "Well, I guess we live like frat boys for the next month." 30 days until race day. Whatever gets cleaned, gets cleaned before or after my 60-mile ride tomorrow and if it doesn't happen, too bad.
Also, I know that my race day expectations are going to be different than someone who has more time than I do.
My biggest sanity saver is a cleaning person every 2 weeks, and I don't tend to pack lunch unless I can quickly put leftovers in a container when we're cleaning up dinner. I do doc appointment scheduling and other phone calls or internet things (like booking flights for an upcoming trip, etc.) at my desk while I'm eating lunch, or the things that don't involve office hours such as doc appts I do at night after 9pm.
Good luck - it's such a juggling act and sometimes feels never ending!
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