Last week, I went to the movies with one of my girlfriends to see ‘Bad Moms’. It was one of the few movies that had me laughing out loud. I’m talking belly laughing slash cry laughing slash knee-slapping all at the same time laughing out loud. There were women literally dancing and clapping in the theater! If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend checking it out.
The premise of the movie highlights the crazy schedules that parents, mothers in particular, endure. Balancing marriages, careers, soccer practices, PTA meetings, exercising, dating and how they keep up with it all (or don’t). It talks about the pressure of making it all work and how difficult it is to live up to the expectation of ‘perfection’. The moms decide to become ‘bad moms’ – skipping out on PTA meetings, admitting to their boss that they need to cut down their workload, drinking on school nights – and find that when they really take the time to slow down and be true to themselves, everything falls into place.
Obviously in reality, everything doesn’t fall into place quite as perfectly, but I feel like the message resonates with all of us, not just for the moms out there. None of us really know exactly what we’re doing (if anyone tells you they do, they’re lying). We’re all just trying the best we can every day and figuring it out life as we go.
For me, this summer has been a test of how well I can balance. Now, let me preface this statement by saying that I am notorious for taking on too much at once (just ask my friends and family!) but honestly, that’s when I feel at my best. Between balancing my career while simultaneously trying to pursue an entirely new career, blogging regularly, managing a household, dealing with infertility (maybe someday I’ll have the courage to share my experience), and trying to stay in shape – it can all be exhausting.
Each Monday during the summer, I take a vacation day and you’d think I’d be able to study, write, catch up on work, etc. but that rarely happened. Instead, I met friends and family for lunch, went to the gym, shopped, and spent as much time outside (preferably at the beach) as possible – my own version of being a ‘bad mom’. I haven’t blogged in a few weeks, I’m behind on studying for the CPT exam, I’ve put off doctor appointments, but in the end, the time off spent with family and friends has been invaluable and guilt free. OK, maybe not totally guilt free, but I’m working on it!
Now that the summer is (almost) over and my job will become much busier come fall, I’ll be able to focus more on writing and studying. I already have some really cool things planned for the blog this fall, including a fun collaboration that could mean awesome prizes for you. Stay tuned!
No post is complete without some workout inspiration, so here’s a taste of what I’ve been up to the past few weeks.
On a side note, one thing that makes working out that much more enjoyable is looking cute while doing it. I scooped up this gym bag from Ame & Lulu. I’m obsessed with the bright, preppy print and it’s the perfect size for the gym (or a weekend get-a-way)!
Pushy: 4 rounds for time
14 box jumps at 20”
6 jerks (135#)
I used 85# and finished in 6:20.
Beach Body: 12 rounds for time
5 toes to bar
I modified the toes to bar and did knees to elbows and finished in 8:15.
Diane: as many rounds/reps as possible in 10 minutes:
I modified the deadlift weight to 135# at the 21-15-9 rep scheme and the handstand push-ups to wall walks with a 7-5-3 rep scheme and finished 1 full round plus 19 deadlifts.
Powah Laddah + Double Undahs: complete for time:
10 at 65#
8 at 85#
6 at 95#
4 at 115#
2 at 125#
100 double unders or 300 singles
I modified the clean ladder to 65#, 85#, 90#, 95#, 105# and performed 300 singles in 13:00.
Work, Work, Work: complete four rounds for time:
1 lap kettlebell farmer carry (one 35# in each arm)
13 burpee box jumps at 20”
I finished Rx in 9:03.
Bull Dozer: 10-1 & 1-10 rep scheme (10 power cleans to 1 toe to bar, 9 power cleans to 2 toes to bar, and so on…)
Power Clean (115#)
Toes to bar
I modified the power clean weight to 85# and the toes to bar to knees to elbow and finished in 11:05.