Wednesday, July 3, 2013

I Can't Keep It All Together

Biggest Loser, move over...
There's a new weight loss show that has stolen my heart.

Okay, it's not new, but I'm just now becoming a regular viewer of Extreme Weight Loss. Wow. I cry every show. The stories are so touching and real. There are no games, strategy or trickery. The host and trainer, Chris Powell is smart, sincere, endearing and... hot. (So is his wife)

Last night, I was once again drawn in with my entire heart. The episode featured a married couple, Rachel and Jason, much like a lot of people I know... struggling with career responsibilities, weight, kids and relationship issues. I could relate, which is why it tugged at my heart strings so badly.

About halfway through their weight loss journey, the husband broke down and said, "I can't keep it all together. It's just too much." I wanted to reach out and hug him. But instead tears rolled from my eyes. It's exactly how I've been feeling lately. Too many balls in the air and not enough hands. I have no idea what happens to the day, but morning turns to night in a flash. And here we are in JULY already! I end each day disappointed with the seemingly short amount of tasks that get completed. While running ragged, I feel like I'm letting people down at every turn. My running has been off lately too - which frustrates me even more. All this has a spiraling effect and there are times when, like Jason, I just don't know how much longer I can keep it all in motion without crashing.

It's just a guess, but I'm thinking there are a lot of people fighting this rat race every single day in our country. How did life get so fast paced? I remember summers - not that long ago - when we spent endless evenings relaxing on our deck. Right now, I can probably count on only one hand the number of family dinners on the deck this year. So yeah, it's time to slow things down around here. While there is a deep itch to be running a race over 4th of July weekend, instead I am sticking to the 'no plans' promise. We're going to chill and try to get caught up on things around the house. (I don't know about you, but I get super stressed when the house is a mess.) 

So forgive my absence on the blog. As I go through my day, I think of so many things to write and yet just can't find the time to sit down and type. It's a miracle 'this' happened...

Now it's time to go paint the girls' toenails red, white and blue as promised... Happy 4th of July!


  1. The days are flying here and I know exactly what you mean. I am on the 39 day streak with Runners World ending tomorrow. Although it has helped me run I became obsessed with not missing a day. I'm home for the summer, have been for 3 weeks, and haven't cleaned my house yet. I need to grocery shop, shower, etc. I'm training for the Chicago Zooma. Etc. etc. etc. I'm with you. Life is moving super fast right now and I long for time to slow down!

  2. I love this show so much, too!

    And I can totally relate. I don't have kids, so I have no idea how you get so much done every day with the littles running around. You're a super hero!

  3. I can totally relate! I haven't seen the show, but have heard so many great things about it, I need to catch an episode soon. Have a happy 4th!

  4. I miss your blog posts, but totally understand your need for family time and organization in your home. Your positive attitude is inspiring, and I wish I lived nearby so I could run with you (although I don't think I'd be able to keep up!) Have a happy 4th!

  5. I LOVE THAT SHOW! And every time i watch it, I get so motivated. I watched it this morning and have worked out 3x today. I agree though, I haven't even put the cushion on the swing on the patio because I never have time to just sit out there and enjoy.

  6. This is sort of the PG version of what I wrote on the blog today. Its hard to juggle sometimes...

  7. I get super anxious when I feel I can't keep everything together. Luckily I am on summer break (school counselor) and I feel like I have 70 to get my sh#@ together.

  8. I understand exactly what you mean. Remember when summers meant kids were off from school for a whole summer? Now we have summer gym, summer band, summer sports conditioning and camps out the wazoo. I'm taking this long weekend to try to relax and remember how summers are SUPPOSED to be.

  9. I totally agree that everything seems to be more fast-paced these days. Sometimes I feel like I'm drowning in errands and small responsibilities. How can you just put it all away, though? And having kids makes it that much harder, I'm sure. You are a real trooper, though. Such a good mom and really prudent about giving yourself the time you need. Keep it up. Whatever you're doing, it seems to be working.

    BTW, I'm obsessed with Chris Powell and his transformations, too. And I think the Rachel/Jason episode was my favorite ever. Rachel was one hot mama at the big reveal!

  10. I'm right there with you! I seem to find the time to read blogs, but none to write my own. I have stuff to write about, but I lack the enthusiasm to write it! Thankfully, my son's laptop died (not REALLY) and that has left me the ability to play Candy Crush on my daughter's computer when she's not around, which in the summer is like never! My house is semi-clean! Enjoy your weekend, catch some fireflies and make memories. Your kids don't want to look back and think "Mommy had a great blog!"

  11. This is almost exactly what I posted in my last blog. I hardly ever have time to sit down and write any more, and I always feel like I'm not quite doing enough.

    It will be okay, we'll get through it and we are doing just fine. It's like a mantra, if we keep saying it it's bound to be true :)

  12. Well said! I always feel like I'm 3 steps behind! My husband works 2nd shift, we both have busy & stressful careers, we have a 3.5 y/o and I love running! I just ran a full and I'm training for another! Although our workouts are time consuming & often exhausting . . . I'm still convinced that is why we are able to juggle so much! Without exercise I'd never come close to maintaining this busy hectic life!

    Good luck keeping everything going. . . . .it's tough but we'll all make it through . . . Make sure to enjoy the journey!


    Ps. Read about my training at :


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