“SHE HAS NOTHING, IN SHORT, TO RECOMMEND HER, BUT BEING AN EXCELLENT WALKER. I SHALL NEVER FORGET HER APPEARANCE THIS MORNING. SHE REALLY LOOKED ALMOST WILD.” – Caroline Bingley
So I think you get it. I like to have my hair look unique and styled well. However, I had to literally weigh in my priorities. Since I work night shift three nights a week, mornings have become even more difficult for me. My body seems to sleep better during the day. But when I do not work, I have to get up at 5:50 AM to get my kids off to school. Now I mentioned I weighed in my priorities. I did that literally. I finally looked at my bathroom scale and decided that something had to be done. Something permanent.
I decided that instead of getting up early to hop in the shower and do my hair before taking my kids to school, I would sleep in the 25 minutes (that is how fast it takes me to shower, dress, and do my hair and make-up – I know, how can I complain???) and get dressed right into my exercise clothes. Once in my exercise clothes, I am now obligated my law to exercise. Ok, I don’t think there is any law about that, but I bet there is one where if you shower and dress, you should NOT get all sweaty and thus force yourself to shower again, the ultimate waste of 25 minutes of my day and waste of water. Planet conservation and all that.
So now, 4 pant sizes smaller, and 14 pounds lighter, I have sacrificed having my hair done in the mornings in order for a healthier me. I ran my longest distance yesterday, 3 miles, and cut off some time today with the same distance. Not bad, I think.
So when the Caroline Bingleys, or any other kid-commuting mother sees me in my workout clothes with my hair totally wild, I now can say, who cares! I have sacrificed something of minor importance for something better. I do set myself a limit on how long I can STAY in those workout clothes. I must be presentable by 11:00, which gives me plenty of time to work out, check my email, log into Facebook, write a bit or edit what I have already written, and then my day can officially start.
This was a difficult choice to make six weeks ago, but now that it has become habit, I am venturing into stores, getting my safety and emissions test done, picking up my prescription, and even mailing a package, all in my “almost wild” state. And you know what? It really isn’t all that bad! Sports bras are really quite comfortable! (Did I just post that?) Ah, to see Caroline Bingley’s face now would be priceless.
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