I am a stay at home mom, i mean mum(!), in a new country and in a smaller home with no garden, and not a large circle or friends or habitual activities. My time in between school drop off and pick up was so unstructured compared to previously. I might walk,or windowshop or houseclean, or real shop, or read or dawdle on-line all day or read or wish i had the space needed to plan and cook better than i was managing, or sit at the library or do more laundry than my drying space allows because I wasnt doing it regularly, or sit down and let the cats nap on me, and maybe nap too. In other words, i was barely keeping up my end of the stay at home bargain, with the house a mess, the right clean clothes at the right time an unreliable concept and meals pretty basic for a former chef! I meandered through my days. I could do anything, but often didnt do much, really. (Except the walking, i walked/windowshopped/ogled neighborhoods i cant afford enough to knock 18 lbs off.)
I have found that scheduling my runs MWF morning means everything else suddenly has to be organized around that. The boy starting school didnt make me sort my day in our new situation, but requiring this one thing of/for myself has.
If something needs to be done, i dont think that 'oh, i can do that anytime' and then sort of ignore it until it is a crisis. Instead, I have to consider which T-Th i will do it, because MWF I run, then shower, then do actual housework and some laundry and other at home chores. suddenly, the house is cleaner, the hampers are not as overflowy, i am cooking actual from scratch meals more often (there are still actual physical limitations on dealing with food, this is a kitchen designed for a single person who ate out a lot. Not a family.)
Has anyone else found that C25K has helped them get out of a rut of uselessness?