Flushed cheeks. Wet hair. Chocolate milk.

I’m good at making excuses. Excuses for not going to bed early enough, for not eating healthy enough, for putting off work until the last minute, for not doing the dishes. I can keep going if you’d like. No?

But most of my excuses center around one thing: not exercising.

Too tired. Too busy. Too much cleaning to do. Boys didn’t nap at the same time. It’s too cold outside. I hate the treadmill. Too tired. Too much laundry. JUST WANT A MINUTE ALONE SITTING ON THE COUCH DRINKING MY COFFEE. Too tired. Candy Crush. Pretty nails. Too tired.

But this? The feeling of flushed cheeks, a good shower after a good work-out and cold chocolate milk?post work out

It feels so good.

I remember this each Monday night after my zumba class. (An aside, if you’re in Indy and looking for a great zumba class, come with me!) But I so quickly forget by the time I get home from work on Tuesday afternoon. Because all the excuses come rushing back.

During Sunday’s sermon, our pastor said something that has stuck with me: your schedule (your calendar, the way you spend your day) is a picture of how you spend the life God has given you. So I’m going to be open and share with you my schedule:


  • Alarm at 7:15 to get girls up and ready for school.
  • Adam takes girls to school at 8:15.
  • Care for boys until girls get home from school at 3:30.
  • Homework with girls until 4:30 or 5:00.
  • Dinner prep and make 5:00 – 6:00.
  • Dinner at 6:15.
  • (On Mondays I’m gone for zumba from 7:10-9:00).
  • Isaac to bed at 7:15.
  • Bigs to bed at 8:00.
  • Bed around 11:00.

T & Th:

  • Alarm at 6:15 to get ready for work/kids ready for school.
  • Leave at 8:15 for work.
  • Work until 2:45 then pick up kids from daycare/school.
  • Homework with girls until 4:30 or 5:00
  • Dinner prep and make 5:00 – 6:00.
  • Dinner at 6:15.
  • Isaac to bed at 7:15.
  • Bigs to bed at 8:00.
  • Bed around 11:00.

Okay, so let’s get rid of the excuses. On MWF, I have 7 hours of time during the day that I watch the boys. Very seldom do they nap at the same time, but I can totally hop on the treadmill for 30 minutes while he watches his one allowed morning screen time instead of checking my email or social media or just sitting with him being lazy. If Isaac doesn’t nap in the morning, then I’ll know I can run during their afternoon naptimes. There. MWF Done.

Now T&Th. I have a good 2.5 hours between the kids going to bed and me going to bed. I’m pretty tired by 8:30 on the days I work, so I’m going to bank on exercising MWF during the day. If I miss one of those days, there’s NO REASON I can’t get my butt moving for 30 minutes on the treadmill or go for a run outside once the weather gets warmer.

No more excuses.

And more exercising means one last excuse: to drink chocolate milk after work-outs. And that’s an excuse I’ll gladly keep.

What’s your excuse? Want to share your calendar with me? I bet I can find 30 minutes of time if you’re willing to put aside the excuses. We can keep each other accountable.

Want to start this weekend with a NEW schedule? Run with me on Saturday morning! I’m doing one more #WinnersDrinkMilk Indiana Dairy Refuel Runner Ambassador race. And it’s for a great cause. It’s the Race for Roofs 5k to benefit Englewood Community Development Corporation. You can still register and you can even get $10 off your registration fee, making it only $15 (go to my friend Cherie’s website for more info).


Refuel Runner Ambassador

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I am working with Indiana Dairy and their Refuel Runner Ambassador Program. I’m super excited to be part of the program and to share with you my opinions and experiences. Of course, those opinions and experiences are all my own. Now go refuel with chocolate milk.

15 thoughts on “Flushed cheeks. Wet hair. Chocolate milk.

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  2. Michelle@Gotchababy

    Oh friend, I feel you. My day looks something like this:
    up at 5:45 to get ready, kids up at 6:30, get them ready and leave for work/school by 7:20, drop off kids, work til 2:00pm, pick up kids- then homework, errands, etc, then prep dinner/eat from 5:15-6:15, a little family time til 7pm, when we start baths to have them in bed between 8-8:30pm,

    A friend and I have committed to meeting at the gym twice a week after school (kids in tow, so they can play). This is my second week of heading to the gym at 7:20 while hubby takes the kids to school. It’s not easy, but it is so worth it!

  3. Sara Croft (@saraelysecroft)

    I love how you itemized your day. It’s hard to find time to exercise unless we physically build it in. I won’t join you on the race (this girl ain’t a runner) but I will join you on my quest to get back into yoga now that work has slowed down for me!

  4. Lenze

    I am sure I can find more than 30 minutes if I was always focused on the task at hand. I started going to a weekly class on Friday. I love it when I am done working out not the before and getting ready to go part. Sadly, I have a partial gym in my basement, so there is really no excuse if I am being truly honest.

  5. Tricia Walter Meyer

    For me part of it is finding things that I like to do and part of it is setting a training schedule. I LOVE Zumba, so I move mountains to get there on Monday and Thursday nights. As for the rest of the days, I think that having a training schedule for upcoming runs is a HUGE help. January through April I train for the Mini and have a training program that requires me to get in 3 walks/runs a week. If I fall behind, I won’t be able to catch up. So between Zumba and those 3 workouts, I’m really good about 5 a week. Unfortunately, my problem is that after the race is over I stop the walk/run days to “rest” a bit and then fall out of it. My goal this year is to find another race to train for so I have no excuse to stop!

    1. katie Post author

      That’s exactly what happened to me – I trained for the Mini 7 years ago and then took a break after and had a horrible time starting back up again. It’s been on and off ever since. Ugh. I’ll run some 5ks with you if you want! Oh, and I wonder if we Zumba with the same instructor bc mine teaches Mon and Thurs nights too. 🙂

  6. Angie Six (@AngieSix)

    I just recommitted to exercising a little over a month ago. I was tired of the excuses, too. My schedule is erratic (I never have the same work schedule from week to week), but on the days I’m not working I have plenty of time by myself. Instead of picking a day or a set activity, I set a goal of doing some kind of exercising for 150 minutes a week. I also promised Elena I would run a 5K with her. I haven’t dropped a ton of weight, but I feel so much better and I feel like I look better. And that’s good enough for me.

    1. katie Post author

      I’ve been thinking about making my Alaina run with me. She never has run before and I wonder how it’ll work. Does Elena run regularly?

  7. Amy

    Ouch. Thinking about my schedule, and while I’m gone from home all day during the week, those hours spent lounging on the couch are convicting me…

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