I want to be good at working out.
Does that count for anything?
I’ve really let myself slide this week. Bobby and I joined our county’s recreation department last week ($150/year for family gym and pool privileges – you really can’t beat that), and we were both super gung-ho about going — last week.
This week has been a different story. Whereas last week I was able to push through the tiredness, the “I miss my baby” end-of-the-workday emotions, the general “blahIdon’twannaworkout”-ness … I just haven’t really been able to do it this week. On Monday I did a short workout so I could run by JCPenney and use my $10 off a $10 purchase coupon (which is awesome, by the way — if you aren’t signed up for their mailing list, do it). Tuesday was an emotionally challenging day, and I just wanted to be with Bobby and Noah. So we went to Target. And Old Navy. Last night I got home after picking up Noah from the sitter’s, and I just didn’t.want.to.go. So I didn’t.
I’ve just got to get past the whole idea that exercise is an optional part of my day. I want to establish a long-term routine for sustainable better health. I’m not into the whole weight-loss, give-me-a-perfect-bod hype. I’m really not. I just want to be healthy, to be able to enjoy my son and chase him around when he’s old enough, to be healthy enough to be there for him when he graduates high school and college, gets married and has kids of his own.
And right now I know I am not healthy. I am pretty overweight, and we’re not talking 10 or 15 pounds. My back hurts pretty frequently, and I think at least part of that is because of the extra weight I carry around. My blood pressure tends to be slightly high, and it will only get worse if I don’t do something about it.
For those of you who also have kids, how do you find time and motivation to work out? Keep in mind, I have the added challenges of working around my work schedule, taking Noah to and from the sitter’s (usually leave the house around 7 a.m. and don’t get home until 5:45ish in the afternoons) and the fact that it’s really too darn hot right now to go for walks or runs around my neighborhood.
I want for exercise to become a part of everyday life, but I’m really failing at this right now and could use all the help I can get!