Q & A - Juggling Parenthood & Fitness
- 'Do you have any tips to juggle parenthood & living a healthy lifestyle?'
Megan Goddard (@mego.fit) is one of Supps42's amazing brand ambassadors! Her passion and dedication to living an active, healthy lifestyle whilst be a full-time mother is something truly inspiring and something we love to support. This article is written by Megan giving you guys some useful tips on how to juggle motherhood's busy demands whilst still being able to live a healthy lifestyle.
We hope you all, especially busy mum's find these tips useful and perhaps will incorporate into your own life!
Whether you stay at home, work full time, work part time, have lots of support or very little, I think we can all agree that is it not always (ever?!) easy being a mum. I certainly had NO idea how all consuming being a parent is.
Over the last almost five years, I have been a stay at home mum (and went to the gym during the day, utilising the crèche), worked full time (and did no exercise), worked part time, had a second child and finally got myself into a good exercise routine. I can honestly say that despite being busier than ever, I am the happiest I've ever been, not to mention in the best shape of my life.
I have been doing this consistently for just over twelve months and have increased my workouts from 30 minutes of resistance 2-3 times per week with daily walks, to 45-60 minutes workouts, 5-6 times per week.
Along the way I have found ways to best utilise my time. Some of my top tips for juggling parenting and a healthy lifestyle are:
- I prefer to exercise in the morning before my children get up. My alarm goes off at 4.30 and I try to get up basically as soon as it goes off, turn on the light and go and drink my Oxyshred (which I mix up the night before and keep in the fridge). Once that kicks in, there’s definitely no going back to bed!
- I wear my exercise clothes to bed and have my shoes and socks ready to go next to my bed. If I am going to work out at the gym, I have my headphones, towel and any equipment I need to bring with me all ready to go by the door.
- If I am training at home, the night before I have a look at the workout I will be doing, and get all my equipment ready. Basically what I do is eliminate any little excuse I may give myself at 4.30am when its cold and I want to go back to sleep. Believe me, not mixing up my Oxyshred the night before has been enough of an excuse for me not to get up in the past!
- Even the days I don't work, I usually work out early. This means that I can spend my days focused on my family, friends and attempting to get the house in some sort of order (no mean feat!)
- I also get myself and the children’s things for daycare ready the night before. I lay out our clothes, make sure their daycare bags have everything they need, drink bottles on the counter ready to be filled up in the morning. The kids have breakfast, snacks and lunch at daycare which is a huge time saver.
- I get my breakfast and lunch ready to bring with me to work and have shows or podcasts downloaded to listen/watch on my commute. As I go to bed so early, my 45 minute train ride to work and back gives me a good chance to relax and have some 'me time'.
- Food wise, meal planning and prepping is absolutely essential. Without doing this, not only does it make sticking to my macros difficult, its also expensive.
- I do my groceries online and pick them up on Friday after work. This is such a time saver as throughout the week when I run out of something I can just log on and add the item to my cart.
- I do a menu plan for dinners and generally follow these guidelines: I choose three meals and cook enough so we repeat the same meal twice. Once a week is a 'help yourself' or takeaway night. This means less cooking, less dishes and makes it a bit easier for logging my meals. I try and use a variety of meats but mainly use mince (chicken, beef, pork and turkey) and chicken breast. I try and pick three different carb sources from rice, pasta, noodles, sweet potato, potato or wraps/tortillas. I also try to pick meals that are easy to portion out for my macros.
Some of my favourites are:
- Burrito/taco bowls (choice of protein, rice, veggies and avocado)
- Stir fry with noodles or rice
- Slow cooker ragu with pasta
- Fried rice
- Baked chicken with vegetables
- Turkey rissoles and veggies
- I make sure I always have microwave rice pouches in the pantry, baked chicken breast (I cook it in the air fryer) in the fridge and frozen veggies and fish in the freezer. That way there's never any excuse not to have a healthy lunch or dinner.
- Breakfast wise, I either have cereal with a protein shake as the milk (Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey is my favourite), or overnight oats made with protein powder and berries
I hope this has been of help, most of these tips are applicable for everyone, not just parents!