|February 14, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Family, Hubs|
“How do you do it?!”
That’s a question I seem to be getting a lot lately either from friends, family, or blog readers in regards to the beautiful chaos that is my life. And I thought it was about time I answer it.
I could say that it’s my time-management skills or the fact that I am “super mom” but the truth is I am nothing special. You want to know how I do it? Well here it is ….
I have an amazing husband.
Chris has been my rock, my therapist, and my cheerleader for much longer than since I started PA school but he has filled those roles SO much more lately. He is supporting me 100%, picking up the slack around the house, playing with the girls, and telling me that I am good enough, smart enough, and doing enough to survive. This transition has been a big one for everyone in our family and he is handling it with grace and it keeping me in check along the way. I am the luckiest girl in the world because I married one heck of a man.
I couldn’t do it without him.
There are a lot of other factors that we have implemented that have helped make our lives a little easier in this transition and I will post those tips another day. Having Chris by my side truly is 90% of the equation … everything else just makes up that 10%.
Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m lucky enough to have a date with my Valentine tomorrow night
|February 13, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Running|
Hey there! Hope your week is going well. Thinking about everyone in the Northeast as you get a ton of snow. We were under a freezing rand advisory here but nothing happened. I am getting tired of our “cold” weather and am super excited for the forecast since I see 70′s on the horizon
I am really excited to share with you guys today that I am officially signed up for my first post-baby races! The last race I ran was the Augusta Half Marathon almost exactly a year ago. I found out I was pregnant just a few weeks later. While I ran until 36 weeks during my pregnancy I just didn’t race. Therefore I am STOKED to get back to it.
My first race is actually this weekend. I am running the Savannah Hot Cocoa 10K. I mean what mom WOULDN’T sign up for a race knowing that there was chocolate at the end? Sounds like it’s right up my alley. My BFF here is running the half marathon so I get to stick with her the first 3ish miles before finishing up. I am confident in my mileage and am ready for the distance. Not sure what my time goals are … I would love to go sub-60 minutes but I am ok if that doesn’t happen too. I have to remind myself sometimes that Bryn is only 10 weeks old
I am also signed up for the “Get Your Rear in Gear 5K” on March 1st in Savannah with the rest of my cohort from PA school. I have some bigger goals for this race
I have a busy day studying for my A&P lab practicum tomorrow and physical assessment lab today. We have to know the bones and their markings/features tomorrow as well as the ligaments of the major joints. Normally it wouldn’t seem so daunting but it’s 50% of our grade and also smack dab in the middle of the test storm of the quarter. Wish me luck!
Do you have any races coming up?
|February 12, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Fashion|
Thanks for all the words of encouragement on my test yesterday! One down and four to go in the week of madness. :) We are also on night two of our meal plan and going strong. Seriously friends … if you’re busy meal planning is the way to go. Makes getting dinner on the table 1000 times easier after a long day.
Another way that I am preparing for each week is to pick out my clothes ahead of time. I am notorious for standing in my closet and staring at my clothes willing them to assemble into an outfit on their own. Now that I am in grad school I have had to trade in my yoga pants for slacks and gone are the day of wearing sweats to class. I thought it would be fun to share the outfits I picked out for this week with your guys
Blue Slacks – Banana Republic (HERE)
Grey Blazer – Banana Republic
Shirt – LOFT
Shoes – Target
Blazer – Old Navy
Blouse – LOFT (HERE)
Pants – LOFT
Dress – LOFT
Cardigan – The Limited
Belt – Target
Shoes – Target (HERE)
Overall it’s been a lot of fun getting into the business casual mindset for school, however, I have to admin I REALLY look forward to Thursdays and Fridays when our dress code calls for scrubs
Hope you have a great Wednesday!
|February 10, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Meal Planning|
Long time no talk my friends! I am still getting the hang of the balancing act that is my life. My number one priority is my family followed very closely by school. Last week those two things took up every free second and the blog comes third. I missed you guys though and am excited to be back today
One of the things that has really helped us as I have started school is the fact that I meal plan. Many of my classmates are starting to find out that without a plan in place it can be REALLY hard to throw together healthy dinners on our busy days. While we have had our share of take-out nights, I am happy to say that about 90% of the time we stick with the plan and have healthy meals on the table even though Chris and I are super busy.
This week I did a substantial amount of prep yesterday because the next 8 days are probably the craziest days of my quarter. I have a test this morning, a test Friday, and then 3 tests next Monday. AHHH. Therefore I knew coming into this week that every extra second I had at night after tending to the family needed to be dedicated to studying and spending a lot of time in the kitchen was out of the question. Here is what our meal plan looks like:
Monday: Slow cooker chicken noodle soup
Tuesday: Citrus glazed pork tenderloin + roasted veggies
Wednesday: Crockpot Chicken Taco Chili
Thursday: Turkey and Kale Rice Bowls
Friday: Grilled Pizza
To gear up for the week I did the following:
- Made the chicken noodle soup and have it in the CrockPot ready to plug in
- Made the chicken taco chili and put it in a freezer bag
- Cooked up brown rice for both Wednesday and Thursday
- Chopped vegetables for roasting
- Washed/cut fruits and veggies for snacks
- Made apple cinnamon baked oatmeal for breakfasts
I feel SO much better going into a crazy week knowing that we are good to go on the meal front. I can now focus all my time and energy to things that matter more … snuggles with two sweet girls and learning learning learning! Hope you have a happy Monday! Fingers crossed this test goes well today
|February 5, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under WIAW|
The alarm went off and I hit snooze. I feel a foot by my face and remember that Emmalyne came into our room in middle of the night. I nurse Bryn while dozing off for a few more minutes.
Up and at em! Emmalyne and Bryn are still sleeping so I get up and start getting things ready for the day. I lay out clothes for both girls before heading downstairs to eat breakfast. It’s another one of those days that I am REALLY glad that I made a batch of apple cinnamon baked oatmeal. Breakfast is WAY better when it only takes 50 seconds to warm up. Also on the menu is a big cup of coffee.
I head upstairs to get dressed and find Emmalyne sitting up in our bed. She comes and hangs out with me in the bathroom while i throw on my clothes and makeup. We both then head downstairs, turn on Mickey Mouse, and get a zippy cup of milk. I make her some breakfast while she watches her show and clean up the kitchen.
While Em eats breakfast I head upstairs again to finish getting ready and make sure I have everything for the girls for school. After double checking my bags, I head back downstairs to pump
I have to wake Bryn up which is always REALLY hard to do. Who wants to wake a peacefully sleeping baby?! After getting her dressed I start loading up the car with our 1000 bags and last of all the girls.
It’s my first time dropping both girls off solo and it’s a little haphazard at the school. I manage to make it out within 5 minutes of my goal time and start my 30-minute commute to school. Enjoy my Shakeology shake on the way.
First class of the day! This morning it was Physical Assessment and we started learning the ears, nose, and throat physical exam and abnormal findings. Most terrifying part of the lecture? Finding out that cockroaches actually crawl into people’s ears and get stuck because they can’t walk backward. Consider me scared for life.
Get out of class and head to my secret pumping location. Munch on a Larabar while pumping and playing on my phone.
Class number two of the day … this time it’s Lab Diagnostics. Learn about autoimmune markers and the tests associated with them. Pretty much learn that the symptoms associated with many autoimmune diseases are pretty vague and so are the tests. Joy.
Lunch time. I had to eat pretty quick because my small group had to meet to make our presentation for Anatomy Lab on Friday. I packed a salad full of spinach, romaine, mushrooms, tomatoes, goat cheese, cucumbers, and grilled chicken. Meet with my group and knock that assignment out.
We had a make-up lecture due to the “ice”day last week. Unfortunately it’s another Lab Diagnostics class. This time we learned about thyroid hormone and aldosterone. I actually really enjoy endocrinology so these tests fascinate me.
Get out of class and head to my pumping station and pump again before heading to the car. I have a couple of errands to run before picking the girls up from school and I didn’t want to wait any longer between pumping sessions. Run my errands and head towards home. Enjoy an apple-cinnamon rice cake with peanut butter on the way.
Pick the girls up form school. Bryn had a great second day and Emmalyne was coloring when I got her
We are home, car is unloaded, and there’s time for a quick workout before dinner. I nurse Bryn before getting changed and she falls asleep. Emmie enjoys a snack and colors while I do a quick 30 minute run on the treadmill. Knock out 3.2 miles in the 30 minutes and then do a quick upper-body circuit with weights.
Chris gets home from work and we all sit down to dinner. I made crock-pot lasagna so it was ready by the time I got home from my day. Made getting dinner on the table a breeze.
While Chris hangs out with the girls I head upstairs to study for a little bit. I have an Anatomy test on Friday and then 2 more tests next week so not a lot of time to prepare. Em makes her way upstairs soon for a shower before bed.
After getting Emmie showered, Chris takes her to her room to get ready for bed while I give Bryn a bath. She seriously loves the warm water and the bath makes her super sleepy. After a nice nursing session she is down for the night.
I get back to studying. Emmalyne is going through a phase where she is fighting going to bed and just really struggling. We spend the next hour trying to get her to go to sleep. Fun times in toddlerhood. All during this time I am working on my homework and trying to get through my chapter on bones. Em finally falls asleep at around 9PM.
Time for me to head to bed. One of the things I am trying REALLY hard to do is make sleep a priority during PA school. I know myself and I don’t function well on no sleep and I tend to get REALLY sick if I get over-extended. Everything is ready for the morning and it’s time to do it all over again.
Thanks Jenn for hosting What I Ate Wednesday!
What do your days look like?