How do you manage your full-time job, mom duties, wife duties and still have time to work out?

Haven’t had the best luck “working out”, and by working out, I mean, lifting my 5lb-ers or going on walks. During my first pregnancy, I was going on daily walks; during my 30-minute lunch break, I’d do about a mile. So far, in this pregnancy, I’ve done it ONCE– Yes, ONCE!! When it was summer, it was way too hot to even think about walking, but now that it’s cooled down to the 70’s, it’s perfect walking weather; however, I always find stuff to do during my lunch break– go to the bank, go fill my gas tank up, grocery shop, post office, all the little things I don’t have time for during the weekend or after work. But today, I’m determined to walk during my lunch break. My diet has been good, I haven’t had any junk food or candy, even know there is a bag full of Halloween candy sitting on my dining table.

Since my husband is a manager at a restaurant, he’s been doing longer hours. So after I put my son to bed at 7:30, I wash dishes, pack my food for lunch, and my son’s food for the babysitters, clean up the mess from dinner and put away the toys, take my dog out on a short walk. Yesterday, I cooked up some chicken because it wasn’t defrosted when we were meal prepping. So after I was done with all that it was about 9pm, I got ready for bed and asleep by 10, my husband wasn’t home yet, otherwise, he would have helped me with at least half of that and I would’ve had time to at least go on a 1/2 mile walk or something. How do you manage your full-time job, mom duties, wife duties and STILL have time to work out? I used to be able to wake up at 5 am and work out, but I had so much more energy back then and I would be asleep by 9pm. I’m out the door at 6:45am for work now so I’d have to wake up at 4:30 to work out, be back by 5:30 to get ready for work–that doesn’t sound like fun… But I also know that I have so much more energy throughout the day when I used to work out before work. Maybe I’ll give it a try tomorrow morning, I’ll start slow: wake up at 5am and take my dog for a walk for 30 minutes. I mean why not? It’s not rainy season yet. 

What helped me in the past was:

  1. Sleep with my work out clothes on 
  2. Have everything ready the night before (shoes by the door, sweater, water bottle, headphones) 
  3. Work out (or walk) before your brain realizes what it’s doing 
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