I survived my first full week back to work and all I have to say is thank goodness for the weekend. It was a bit of a roller coaster week, but looking back I’m pleased with how it went. Some days I felt like I had everything under control and others I went into survival mode. It’s seeming to be our new normal!
One of these days I will write a full post on what it’s like being a working mom, but for now I would say how I feel depends on the day. Sometimes it feels totally manageable and other days it’s extremely overwhelming.
I’m slowly but surely getting back into a good eating and workout routine and the baby weight is starting to come off. Again, another topic I’m hoping to write about soon but for now these weekly recaps are helping to hold me accountable.
I made a new-to-me Baked Gnocchi with Sausage and Kale recipe which was a winner. It was perfect for lunches the first few days of the week. Workout wise, Sunday was a much needed rest day.
I had planned for a morning workout, but had some major DOMS from my Saturday Body Pump class so I rested again. In the evening we had our Daycare introduction meeting and I picked up some Chick Fil’A on the way home to have while I watched The Bachelor while Rich was at school. Not a perfect day, but things always balance themselves out so I’m ok with it.
After resting Monday I was motivated and woke up for a 30 minute at home Body Pump workout. For dinner I made one of our recent favorites, Beef Taco Bowls, which comes together in less than 15 minutes. Highly recommended!
Rich was home with Buel on Wednesday and made one of our favorite weeknight meals, Saucy Baked Chicken Legs with Olives and Tomatoes. I had planned on yoga class in the evening, but a glass of wine and an early bedtime sounded better so that’s what I did.
I woke up feeling like there was a light at the end of the tunnel on Thursday and it felt good to fit in another Body Pump session at home. Dinner was Crockpot Pulled Pork on pretzel rolls with sweet potato fries.
When I went back to work I started officially working from home on Fridays which has been great so far. This past week Rich dropped Buel off at his parents in the morning and I knocked out a ton of work at home. At lunch I ran errands which helped me to feel a bit more caught up on life. No workout, but catching up on both work and my personal life was necessary.
At night, I hosted Book Club and picked up Portillo’s Chopped Salads to serve. I had them package up the ingredients separately so we had a salad bar and everyone seemed to enjoy it. There was also a delicious spicy artichoke dip and these ridiculously amazing peanut butter cookie dough snickers bars so it was a great night!
I woke up feeling extremely drained from the week and Rich forced me out the door to go to yoga. The class was filled with hip and shoulder openers plus a guided meditation focused on being patient with yourself. This was exactly what I needed and as always I left feeling so much better.
At night after grocery shopping and errands to get ready for the week we picked up sushi takeout and settled in for a night at home. I took advantage of the weekend and went to bed ridiculously early. After eight hours of sleep, church and lots of time relaxing today I’m feeling ready to take on the week again.
Looking back on the week I’m happy with the fact that I fit in three workouts, balanced eats and time for myself, time as a family and time with Rich. As much as it feels like I run around all day long I also feel like my new normal is helping me be present in all of the “roles” that I’m managing. It’s a nice side effect!