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    @turquoisecoast I think the idea you mentioned a while back about your DH exercising one morning, one afternoon and one weekend/lunch break is a really good start that way it's a bit more spread out for you, you can see how you go on your own with DS and you never know, maybe one will work better than the other and you'll all prefer to stick to that.

    I've been trying to do the same with exercise, but I just recently stuck to the same time 3 days a week and that works better for me. Whereas before I was a little reluctant to add 'yet another thing to the list'. Experiment a bit, I'm sure you'll find something that works!

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    ok so i decided to track my progress this morning to see how long each chunk of my morning routine is taking.

    5:45 get up & jump in the shower
    6:08 head downstairs and make/have smoothie
    6:27 head back up to start makeup etc (i actually got my face done in this time)
    6:51 go get ds up and change nappy, get him dressed for the day
    7:04 go and dry and style hair and get dressed
    7:15 head downstairs and act smug because i'm ready to go and dh still isn't

    so bang on 1.5 hours today and that included washing and drying/styling my hair (i skipped this step yesterday as i loaded up on the dry shampoo)

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    Default Finding the time for fitness

    You must look amazing when you leave the house lol! It takes me 5min to do my makeup and about 5-10 min to do my hair (I have curly hair, so I usually just tie it up). I get dressed as soon as I get out of the shower. So from getting up to dressed and ready is about 20min. Usually one of us gets the kids breakfast while the other gets ready then we swap.

    I eat breakfast as I make DDs lunch for school and pack her bag. Then I do DDs hair, dress DS, we all brush teeth, then we're ready to go. This can all easily be done in about 45min. We often also do some cleaning up, washing, or other jobs as we go.

    It seems to me you're doing everything at a leisurely pace, which I'm sure is nice! 20 min for a smoothie seems a lot - are you doing anything else like tidying up or putting on washing while you drink it?

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    i wish i looked amazing when leaving the house!! i spend a good 5 mins just doing my mascara hah. the rest doesn't take too long, i don't bother with much eye shadow these days, just a bit of a light vanilla over the lids is enough.

    i do go at a leisurely pace. i've never been one who enjoys rushing about frenetically of a morning. i like to be fully awake and be primped and ready to face the world when i leave the house. i'm someone who'd rather be slightly tardy but look/feel 100% rather than arrived early/on time but feel like sh!t.

    the smoothie prep involves making it, drinking it plus some tidy up in the kitchen, put stuff away/get ds stuff out (he still takes a bottle to daycare) etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turquoisecoast View Post
    i wish i looked amazing when leaving the house!! i spend a good 5 mins just doing my mascara hah. the rest doesn't take too long, i don't bother with much eye shadow these days, just a bit of a light vanilla over the lids is enough.

    i do go at a leisurely pace. i've never been one who enjoys rushing about frenetically of a morning. i like to be fully awake and be primped and ready to face the world when i leave the house. i'm someone who'd rather be slightly tardy but look/feel 100% rather than arrived early/on time but feel like sh!t.

    the smoothie prep involves making it, drinking it plus some tidy up in the kitchen, put stuff away/get ds stuff out (he still takes a bottle to daycare) etc.
    5 minutes for mascara! Are you painting each lash individually?? Haha! My makeup routine is moisturizer, foundation, a little blush colour (because I get hardly any sleep and look like the walking dead most of the time) and mascara. Done.

    I think you've found the problem with your mornings, you like the slow pace and if that works for you, that's awesome. I still think your DH could easily get a 45min run/workout into that routine, what's he doing while you're making smoothies and doing your makeup? All that can be done while your toddler is around so I don't think you both have to be home that whole time. Both my kids are up at 5:30am most days so there's no option but to get ready with them under foot!

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    Default Finding the time for fitness

    Quote Originally Posted by Cue View Post
    I think you've found the problem with your mornings, you like the slow pace and if that works for you, that's awesome. I still think your DH could easily get a 45min run/workout into that routine, what's he doing while you're making smoothies and doing your makeup? All that can be done while your toddler is around so I don't think you both have to be home that whole time. Both my kids are up at 5:30am most days so there's no option but to get ready with them under foot!
    Agree with this, there is plenty of time for your husband to get exercise in, especially if your ds is still in bed while you shower. You can do your make up and smoothie with a toddler around, but why doesn't he just wake up, go for a run, come home and have a quick shower and then take over ds duties so you can finish whatever you need to do.

    ETA: is he actually asking to exercise? It seems fairly easy to me that he could find the time to go for a run if he genuinely wants to. Is it a case of you not 'letting him' or him not genuinely wanting to?
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    Default Finding the time for fitness

    he hasn't asked. no way would i say no, he doesn't need my permission to exercise. that said, it does need to fit in around the family's schedule. we started talking about times that would work so i said i am leaving it up to him. ultimately he needs to get out and do it for himself.

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    Since ds was born last July dp slipped off the exercise treadmill majorly, me I'd gone longgg before that. Then on January he decided to get back on it again. He started juicing and eating properly again and getting back into the gym. He goes 5/6 times a week. He'll be there at 530/6 in the morning then shower and go to work from there or if he goes at night he will wait til both boys are in bed then go back down. He's lost 10kg I think. I'm started back next week again again as I'm getting my Stent out wed and I haven't been able to do anything for 6 weeks because of that. When I go back to work we are working out a timetable of who can go when. I've got dibs on tues/thur night as there is class I want to still do specialising in strengthing and then fri morn and sun I will go

    Could be run to work and shower there that could be a possibly if there is a shower that is.

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    On your non working days he could easily get up early and fit in a 30-45min walk/run as he would only have himself to get ready - sane on weekends and he'd be up to 4 mornings a week.

    Try that for a while then see what else he can fit in.

    I get myself and 3 kids dresses, fed, bags packed and out if the house in under an hour on weekdays

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    Make your smoothie the night before and drink it on the way to work...you just saved yourself 20 minutes each morning. I don't really understand how it can take 5 minutes to put on mascara, so I'm sure you could speed up your makeup routine as well.
    It takes me 35 minutes to get myself ready for work. Shower (wash hair and shave), eat breakfast, pack my own bag (kids pack their own), make my bed and out the door. Admittedly I don't wear makeup, and blowdrying my hair involves a fast blowdry in the morning and then it either further dries under my helmet if I ride to work, or I blast the heater if I drive...then it goes back in a pony tail, but I don't feel particularly rushed in my 35 minutes either. I have thick hair tp blowdry, straighten takes about 15 minutes and on work mornings I'd much rather get a workout in than spend time on my hair and makeup (5 minutes for makeup max when I do wear it).


 

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