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When Mom Gets Sick: 6 Tips for Keeping It Together

mom is sick- here are 6 good tipsSo…You know the drill. Mom gets sick, the house goes to pot. The laundry piles up, there’s no food in the fridge, and the kids are wearing their underwear for 4 days in a row.

Nope? Not you? Lucky for your family.

For me, this scenario is not spot-on, but it is awfully close! I am just starting to be on the up-swing from what has been a loooong week of germs! I just finished my Z-pack, and about a gallon of DayQuil and Advil combined! Not good. I have had more orange juice this week, than I have probably had for 5 years! Aside from myself, of course, the other 5 people in my house get sick too… Not the worst of which is the twins having a stomach bug, which happens (ALWAYS) in the middle of the night, and also (both times!) from the top bunk! Oy vey.

Not hard to cope with when you are well, but a sick person taking care of other sick people can be super hard.

Here are my top tips (now that I am getting better, I can say this!) for trying your best, when you are feeling your worst:

Don’t put things off.
If you think you will do it later, you might not get the chance. With lots of kids, there is always a chance that things go south- quickly. Pack that lunch at night…you may not get to in the morning, since you were up all night doing laundry from the bunk-beds. Maybe.

Let your kids help.
If you think they can’t do it, they may have to do it anyways, when mom and dad can’t even wake up in time (since they were up all night), or lift their muscles, to do it. Maybe.

Make an emergency “sick” kit, for FOOD.
Stock up on food for the sick-ones: Pedialite, Saltines, Canned or Powdered Soup, Tea, Gatorade. Buy some easy to make food for the well: Mac-N-Cheese, Soup, tortillas, bread, nut-butter. You won’t feel like cooking, and your kids need nourishment that they may need to make themselves. Stock up. Yes!

Stock up on Meds.
If you think you have cold medicine, but it actually expired 3 years ago…don’t take it! I am not a doctor, but I think I can say with confidence that expired meds will either make you sick or not work…either way, I am not willing to take a chance, so toss the old stuff, and stock up when there is a sale on the goods: Cold medicine, adult pain relievers, kid pain relievers, cough syrups, decongestants, cough drops. And it goes without saying, make sure you have a good thermometer. For sure.

Call in sick to work.
If you are coughing, coughing, coughing. No one wants you there anyway. That’s what “sick-days” are for. Stop the martyr act, and stay home. Definitely.

If you are a SAHM… Call in sick to work.
Stop the laundry, the cooking, the cleaning. Stop it. Now. Just rest! Your to-do list will get done. Your family needs you healthy, they don’t need a clean house, and chances are they need to know that they can feed themselves! Let them DO all that work, that you have been training them for! Nothing is more important than your health. Lay back down, and get better already!

I am not ashamed to tell you – okay, maybe a little – that my kids ate frozen chicken nuggets or pasta every night for 8 days straight this past week. Yep. That’s what happens! Something’s gotta give here, moms. And if I can help it, it’s not going to be my sanity or my health. Let’s give ourselves a break, give up the martyr act,  and do the best we can. Yes!


3 Things: Wednesday Workout Inspiration

Workout inspiration.  Everyone needs it. Not everyone wants it.

I find inspiration in so many things, in so many aspects in my life, but as far as staying healthy, the inspiration always comes from within…I have learned this in my “ole-age!”  When I was younger, pictures of other people doing amazing things was inspiring.  It still is to a certain extent, but finding my own way to be the best me- and feel good wearing a t-shirt without worrying about my muffin/full-sized cake-top is inspiring {and actually hasn’t happened yet- I don’t wear many t-shirts comfortably anymore…wahwah}

Motivation is a totally separate animal I think…I need to motivate myself to do something, and planning a workout schedule does that for me. If you remember from this post, I had a plan…and I have updated it with the actual workouts that I have done in RED:

Week ends Sun Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat
April 4 stretch & rest OFF 3 m run & weights 35 min cross- SPIN 2.0 m run + strength weights/stretch 50 min cross 5.3 m run weights 4 2.5 m run
April 11 stretch & rest 3 5 m run & weights Stretch/weights 40 min cross- SPIN  2.0 m run + strength weights/stretch 50 min cross 2.5 m run weights 4.5  m run OFF
April 18 stretch & rest OFF 3 m run & weights Stretch/Weights 40 min cross Spin 2.0 m run + strength 50 min cross 3.5 m run weights 5.5 m run
April 25 stretch & rest 3 m run/ weights 45 min cross SPIN This is TODAY!2.0 m run + strength 60 min cross weights 5.5 m run
MAY 2 stretch & rest 3 m run /weights 30 min cross 2.0 m run + strength 60 min cross Rest 10-K Race

Not like you are following exactly-  but do you see what I mean about planning? I have to be flexible with my mind and allow myself the wiggle room of switching around workouts according to my needs as a mom and person of my own but without putting it on paper, I would not be motivated or guided in any way or shape.  I slept in a few days. I took off a few days. I cross trained, and did a few runs in-between.  I am scheduling my weights and stretching…never.  I have never. done. that.  Shaking things up, my friends!  Trying to stay motivated AND inspired.

Here is my wordless-Wednesday inspiration for my own workouts:

Summed up with  3 Things that inspire me:

Inspiration: Running with friends, new sneakers, and a finisher's medal.

Inspiration: Running with friends, new sneakers, and a finisher’s medal.

  • Running with Friends

  • New sneakers

  • A Finisher’s Medal…and also this picture.

It is sometimes just the memory of how good I feel after a long run, or staying NOT-injured enough to be able to run even just a mile- that keeps me inspired to train slowly and cross-train to keep myself the healthiest!

I am linking up with the ladies at WOW- Workout Wednesday Linkup for great posts on working out.

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What Inspires or motivates you to workout or stay healthy?

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A Timely Reminder


That is the only way I can describe my last night’s meeting at my mom’s of twins group. First of all, let me say that I love, love, love meeting with other moms about well, being moms! We meet montly and listen to a speaker, or go bowling, or go for drinks, or just chat and snack and get advice from other moms in the same boat as us.

The first night’s meeting we decided to do a back-to-school group presentation by a woman who specializes in teaching other moms about eating better, and feeding their families better, in order to have a healthier lifestyle.  So good for me.

I know a lot about nutrition and good eating habits but it is always a good thing to be reminded and reexamine foods that I am feeding my family…like the ingredients in vitamins that I would not even eat in a food: aspartame, aluminum, and crazy food-coloring.  Oh man. I really needed this reminder of keeping healthy foods at the forefront of importance in my family’s lives.

I have a picky eater, so the trap that I can fall into, is feeding her nuggets, or pasta, or other not very broad-based foods so that she will eat more.  I know that getting her involved in shopping and discussing the nutrient value of foods motivates her…but time is of the essence and in a hurry, I just push food at them, to save a minute.

To save money, I also tend to stop looking at the nutritive value of foods, and focus only on the inexpensiveness.  Again, I know this is bad. Reality, is I have 6 mouths to feed and they all like different foods.  One dinner. Healthy dinner.

She had some great tips on getting the message to the kids:

  • Shop together- have them find an item with 4 or less ingredients.
  • Have them read the label to you.  If they see all the crazy chemical names, they get it.
  • Have them choose a new vegetable to try…any vegetable!  Worst case, try a fruit!
  • Watch Food Inc., Fed Up, or another documentary about the food industry in America
  • Go to the farm or farmer’s market to shop.  Discuss where the food comes from.

Three things she wanted us to take away were:

  1. Lower sugar intake for yourself and especially kids.
  2. Number two- I forget because I eat so much sugar I think.
  3. And thirdly,  on a different path, she warned to get rid of the antibacterial soaps and lotions, replacing them with natural versions.  I think I knew this too, but again, a reminder in the flesh is a great back to school thing!

If you are interested, she does one-on-one consultations, as well as speaking events such as the one she did for us.  Oh, and she makes snacks too! Yummy.  I am always a sucker for snacks.  Her company, blog, and book are Better Off Well, and her name is Donna Morin. I highly recommend looking into her website.  Good info! {I have NOT received any compensation for this recommendation.  I just think she was really informative and interesting and fun too!