I’ve lost 60+ pounds since I my son was born, a year ago this past February.
It has been a challenging road and at times I wondered if I was getting anywhere with my efforts – but here I am a year later and 60+ pounds lighter. All of the pregnancy weight is gone and now I’m working on the “overworked” and “overstressed” weight that was added a year before I got pregnant.
The other night, while scanning the web for activities to do with my toddler, I read an article by a busy mom trying to find time to fit “working out” into her hectic schedule. I connected with her, understanding her struggles in trying to find at least 30 minutes of the day to dedicate to herself. After all, I faced that challenge before I had my son, so now more than ever I could identify. But then the article seemed to change. The tone went from genuine need for good health to exercising is a chore. The writer had lumped exercising in with cleaning the fish bowl and dropping items off at the Goodwill. “…I know other moms who successfully fit a run, a yoga class or a trip to the gym into their busy schedules. They’re the ones who pick up their kids after school in Lycra pants and running shoes…”
I found myself taking offense to part of the concluding statement – maybe because I have started to identify with and have turned into that mom in Lycra pants and running shoes (a cotton spandex blend to be exact). I live in my gym clothes – as much as I possibly can – I realize there is a time and a place for everything. At times my husband teases me, “…you never know when a random workout will happen…” From what I gathered, her complaint in the article was about finding the “time”. My advice is you have to MAKE the time. Exercising – active living – shouldn’t be considered a chore. It’s your health after all that we’re talking about here – not cleaning the toilet or doing the laundry or in the instance of the article, cleaning the fish bowl and going to Goodwill. Your health, I would like think, would be pretty high up on the priority vs. the chore list.
Just like the writer I speak of, I too have found myself wishing I was “that mom”. For example, wishing I could find the time to do my hair and makeup and dress more adult like instead of often being in my sweats and ponytail. But then I remind myself I am “that mom” and it’s up to me to MAKE THE TIME.
One of the readers to the article commented best, “…life happens; you just have to learn to work around it…” So – You didn’t get to wake up at 5am like you planned because you were up till 2am working, then make the effort to switch things up for the day. Look ahead and see where you can fit something in here or there… and that something could be taking the stairs, parking further from your destination, doing squats while brushing your teeth, stretching at your desk, keeping a gym bag packed at work or your car. Making a conscious effort to not let the 2am work nights rule your life, creating a routine can and will eventually happen.
Since I’ve got such a big chunk of weight to loose, I try and do double days (workout twice a day) and fit in as much “activity” as possible in my day. My alarm is set for 445am so I can get my first workout in and prep for the day before my son is awake, by 7am. I make an effort to go for a walk every day with my son (rain or shine) – not only will the fresh air and activity do us both good but it’s a great way for us to spend time together and I am hopefully influencing him that being active is fun. I get my second workout in at lunch time or at night when my son is asleep and my husband is off at the gym. This schedule doesn’t always happen, so I do what I can to fit in any activity – even if it’s only 15 minutes.
I know these efforts take time – especially with our crazy schedules. After all – it’s taken me a year to loose 60+ pounds but I am making a conscious effort to work on it.
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I’m 60+ pounds down and on my way!
BTW – it’s 1am and my alarm is currently set for 445am… we’ll see what happens (=