Working Out as Sleep Deprived Parent

I do not know how people exercise at 5 am in the morning. I really
don’t. I feel terrible when I wake up that early. I guess you might get
used to it and if you WANT to get up that early, you go to bed early.

Unfortunately, I do a lot of my work after Tommy goes to bed so that
isn’t always an option. He has been getting up around 5:15 for the last
week or so and it’s starting to wear on me.

Each day I’m up before 6, I think how productive early risers are
able to be and then I think about my situation and how I’m not like them
and can’t really use my early alarm clock for productivity. I can’t get
any work done when Tommy is awake  as he wants to play. I can’t make up
the lost sleep during his first nap because I have work to do and I’m
exhausted by the end of the day.

For the record, he goes down for bed super easy and sleeps through 10
hours straight. He takes 2 naps a day, again super easy. Both are 60-90
minutes long.

He’s not an unhappy kid. Clearly..

I’ve been trying not to let this new milestone get in the way of my daily routine but it’s hard!

I’ve been signing up for fitness classes and that has been the only
reason I’ve been able to fit in good workouts. Tuesday and Thursday this
week, I brought Tommy to Recycle Studio for babysitting. Tuesday was
rough. I felt terrible. I couldn’t wait until class was over but I was
glad I went. If you’re wondering why I went, it’s because I did not want
to get charged for being a “no show.”

On Wednesday, I went to BTone at 7:50 AM. I was home before Nick had to go to work.

I think Tommy is just an early riser right now due to a variety of reasons.

One, he is getting in his molars. One is fully in and there are 3 others are basically in but not yet totally visible.

Two, we have blackout shades but sunlight does creep in around the
sides as they don’t fully cover his windows. Now that the sun is rising
earlier, it’s effecting him (potentially).

Three, he is about the age where he should go to one nap instead of
two. Since he wakes up so early though, it’s hard for him to stay awake
very long to go down to just one. It’s a hard cycle to break right now.
I’m sort of hoping that London will help.

Oh yes, London. Did I mention this on here yet? Nick, Tommy and I are
all going to London for 5 days for a family vacation! We leave this
coming Tuesday and I’m super excited albeit a little stressed. If you
have any child friendly recommendations, especially restaurants, let me
know below in the comments.

So back to working out on little sleep…

I’ve also been going running using the jogging stroller around 7:30
am. I try to get home before nap time but the little bugger seems to
fall asleep every time between 8:15 and 8:30 when he usually doesn’t go
down until 9 or 9:30 am.

This at least makes me feel a little productive with my early wake up
time. These runs are a far cry from the short HIIT workouts I love
though. I try to do intervals like 2 minutes running fast with 1 minute
of walking but more often than not it’s a combination of jogging,
walking and stopping at the playgrounds along the way. I stopped running
for awhile because it just wasn’t giving me any results and my morning
runs remind me of this each time I’m out there running. It just doesn’t
feel like an efficient workout anymore!

I will admit that the sleep has totally been effecting my diet too.
I’m drinking more caffeine than usual and also craving sugar. I’ve lost
my self control when it comes to sweet treats. I bought the most amazing
mini dark chocolate peanut butter cups from Trader Joe’s and I can’t
stop. Same with their darn Swedish Fish. Once they are gone, I hopefully
will not try to buy them again for awhile.

Nick said to me the other morning, “Could you imagine having two?”
And no, I can’t imagine having twins or two babies. I do want more
children and many moms with children Tommy’s age are pregnant again that
I know. I am not for the record but I am starting to think about it…

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