Tuesday, September 6, 2011

I am Superdad

Name: Paul Saddler
Age: 38
Occupation: Financial Asset Manager
Status: Married with 3 kids—all boys….yikes!
Secret weapon: Phix Energy

I’m just a normal guy. I work all week, constantly daydreaming about those relaxing Saturdays, and that lazy Sunday morning that I need so badly. Yeah, right. When I’m not working, I’m busy training for half marathons, dominating the Long Island flag football league, and most importantly spending time with my family. How do I have time to do it all, you might ask? I am Superman—better yet, I am Superdad. Just kidding, but I do have some performance enhancing drinks to boost my health focus, and energy (and no, not the Barry Bonds kind, either). I’ll run you through my daily routine; try to keep up.

Its 5a.m. sharp, I wake up, grab one of my Phix stix and a water bottle, and hit the old dusty trail for a 5 mile run. I get back at around 5:45 and get right in a hot shower, to loosen up my muscles—not to mention the obvious hygiene reasons. I eat a power breakfast with a good blend of protein and carbs, usually including whole grain oatmeal, egg whites, multigrain toast with organic peanut butter, and a protein shake. Then comes the toughest part of the day—waking up the little dudes. Six tries and ten minutes of pleading later, they’re up and wreaking havoc. I give the Mrs. a kiss goodbye as I leave to drop the kids off at school by 7:30, and then I’m on my way to work.

The length of a normal work day for me is dictated by how efficiently I work. I set a daily agenda, and don’t leave until I accomplish everything on that list, so barring client meetings or unforeseen events, I can be out of the office anywhere between 3p.m.-7p.m. (I have left earlier and stayed longer in the past). I aim to leave work at around 5:00-5:30ish. Ok, back on track--12p.m., I start thinking of my nightly workout, and what I want to do with the family, and how I’m going to weasel my way out of watching Glee with my wife… Anyway, I need to focus! Here comes Phix #2…and game time! I’m in the zone, and work straight through to lunch with the pace of a sprinter. 

Alright so its 2p.m. time for lunch. Tuna mixed with cracked black pepper and craisins with a little bit of mustard instead of mayo, wheat crackers, and a cup of low-sodium chicken noodle soup to fuel the soul. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it! Sorry, I digress. After lunch I get back to the grind of things and finish the day strong—mentally focused, and physically stuffed. I made great time thanks to my focus and energy boost, and leave the office by 4:30 to go home.

By 5:00, I’m already halfway done with my 30 minutes of yoga, core, and plyometric workout. Time for another 5 mile run. I’m not going to lie to you, after a full day of activities and working, it’s hard to motivate myself to get back out there. If only I had some motivation…Phix #3, here we go! And I’ve got my second wind. 6:00 p.m., stretch, shower, head downstairs for a nice family dinner. Whole grain pasta with sun dried tomato, garlic, and olive oil. Delicious!

Now comes the best part of the day—well-deserved, hard earned, family time. We head into the living room to talk, watch movies, play board games, and just spend time together. Man, I have to say, my biggest motivation to work hard and efficiently is to get home to my wife and kids. After a few hours of fun, it’s time to recharge the batteries and hit the sack. I can honestly say, I sleep like a baby every single night. I don’t drink energy drinks that keep me up all night, or put unhealthy foods, or chemicals in my body. By setting daily goals, and working hard to get home quickly, I’m able to accomplish everything I want to in one day in the most efficient manner possible. Time management, efficiency, and staying energized and focused allow me to succeed in every aspect of life. Come to think of it, maybe I am Superdad after all.

Until next time,

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