By Sarah Caracciolo
DHAC Assistant Fitness Director
Lately there seems to be some sort of disconnect between me and the universe. I am spinning my wheels and getting, well….nowhere! It’s one of those times where I need to check in with myself and take the proverbial “chill pill” because it’s either that or I start to look like a crazy person! Some may think I’m too late because on occasion I do sport that look!
During my staff meetings I am constantly telling my staff to manage their time. Book your lunches, tafke your breaks, and arrive at work 10 minutes early to wrap your head around your busy days.
It’s February and we are very busy at DHAC. It’s a dream for the exercise physiologists in us, but as people, it’s a bit of a challenge. Remembering to ‘practice what you preach’ can be tough! This week I promised myself I would!
As challenging as it was, I prepared myself yesterday. Here’s a look at what my Monday (which is actually my Sunday) looked like:
6am – Nico is awake!
7am – Nico eats breakfast
8am – Husband puts new carseat in my car (always an easy task when dealing with new baby gear!)
8:30am – Nico goes down for a nap
8:35am – I take a 90 second shower (or so it felt like), make a weekly menu and coordinate a shopping list.
9am – Nico wakes up….kid is SO not a napper!
10am – Hubby leaves for karate, I leave for a playdate with a good friend and her daughter
12pm- Rush to train station to pick up our amazing Au Pair, Danna (Oh to be 21 again and enjoy a night in Boston!)
12:15pm- Realize I am at the WRONG train station and poor Danna is standing in the cold waiting for me! (fail)
1pm – Get home and feed Nico lunch ***Public Service Announcement**** Don’t wear nice clothes when feeding your child spinach and pears because at that moment, he will enjoy doing raspberries directly towards you!
2pm – Begin the process of packing up Nico to take him grocery shopping with me
2:30pm – Change Nico’s outfit because he spit up ALL OVER IT!
3pm – rush to get Nico in the car seat because he is EXHAUSTED.
3-4pm – Drive around aimlessly because Nico fell asleep and trying to sit him in the carraige at the grocery store tired, well—that’s an entire new blog!
4pm – Nico does amazing in the grocery store and we have a bit of fun!
5pm – Get home, Daddy plays with Nico so I can unpack groceries (I am anal about the way things are put away so no one else is allowed to do it!)
5:45pm – Feed Nico dinner
6:15pm – Feed Nico bottle and put him to bed
6:30pm – Finally get a moment with my husband and we make dinner together (Turkey burger tacos in case you were wondering)
7:15pm – Fold last load of laundry for the weekend and finish cleaning up the house
8pm – Try to watch a little tv
8:03pm – Fall asleep!
As crazy as my day was, the most vital part of my day was what happened at 8:35am. Yes, showering is important BUT….more importantly I set a plan for the entire week for meals.
Whether you are trying to lose weight, trying to be a good parent, or just trying to eat healthy, preparation is THE single most important thing you can do. Remember N is definitely stands for ‘not enough time but P stands for Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance. I am 100% prepared for this entire week’s meals. So now…N is for Nico!