I love to sleep, who doesn’t? There is nothing better than going to bed knowing that you get to sleep in…you don’t have plans or prior commitments to wake up for, and don’t need an alarm clock. But get real, once you have had a baby and you have added the title of “Mother” to your resume, those days are long gone. Between being a mom, working, and taking care of a household, it probably feels as if it takes every minute, of everyday just to stay caught up. At least, this is how I feel.

I also know that adding in a daily workout, planning weekly meals, and making the effort to eat healthy takes up time in my already busy schedule. And from my own personal experience, I have found that if I don’t get these things done before my day starts, the chances of me finding the time later in the day is slim to none. This is why it is so important for me to to make the effort to get up at least 1 hour before my son gets up and before I have to work. I use this time to get in my cardio, or do resistance training. I pack my meals for the day, lay out what I want to cook for dinner, and mentally give myself a few minutes to prepare for the day. I know that it sounds like such a simple concept, but when you have have been up attending to a crying baby or worked late hours the night before, the temptation of hitting that snooze button is so easy. Before you know it, one morning turns into two mornings which turn into a week and before you know it, a month has gone by and so have your fitness goals.

If you are struggling to find the time in your day to workout or plan healthy meals, I challenge you to set your alarm clock for a half hour or hour before your kids wake up or your official work day begins. The first few days will be tough and avoid the temptation to hit that snooze button because after a week or two weeks of waking up to that alarm clock, the effort does get easier and eventually becomes a habit.

Do you have other suggestions on how to manage your time and reach your fitness goals? I would love to hear from you!