By Sarah Caracciolo
DHAC Assistant Fitness Director
This week was hectic, to say the least. For someone with such a type A personality, I had to really challenge myself to go with the flow. Circumstances forced to me accept that my life wasn’t as organized as I typically prefer.
Let me back up a bit…my son Nico, who is now 4.5 months old, is an absolute joy. He has a captivating personality and a heartwarming smile. Between him, my husband Guy, and our two dogs Tyson and Stanley, my life is complete and I wouldn’t change a thing. But, just because my life is complete, doesn’t mean it’s perfect.
Last week, Nico slept over 8 hours straight for the first time ever. Yay! A breakthrough that had Guy and I high-fiving each other in the morning. The return of sleep for us! I should have known better.
Guy had to catch a flight to New Orleans for a Medical Fitness Association conference and there I was alone all night with the sleepless wonder. Between working all day and Nico remaining awake all night, my eyes were blood shot and stinging until today. There was literally no time for me to even think about exercising, doing laundry, or cooking dinner. I even cruised to the gas station on fumes because I forgot to fill my tank!
And of course, I forgot I was subbing the Friday cycle class. I showed up to work in thick fleece Under Armour pants. Clear proof that my brain was not functioning normal this week!
By the time Saturday rolled around I couldn’t even formulate a simple declarative sentence. Just ask my BodyPump class…they had a good chuckle at my flawed attempt in trying to remember my choreography! I had eaten out almost every night and felt like garbage. I missed my husband and it was clear that Nico did too.
Looking back, it seems a bit dramatic. But, when you are in the middle of it all, it’s hard to see that. It’s difficult to put things into perspective when you feel lost in the tasks of everyday life that just cannot be ignored.
I like to use the phrase “Live it, Learn it.” Learn lessons from everything you live through. My lesson for myself for this last week is that some weeks there will be less time for exercise and only enough time for take-out food. Since this does not make me feel good or happy, I now know I will be bouncing back to menu planning and prioritizing my workouts for the week. You have to forgive yourself, and try again. I’ll keep doing this until the next hectic week, and I promise…there will be more!