This week so far is going great for me food-wise. I am able to stay focused on what to eat, what to not eat. The house food isn’t tempting me like it was last week, and getting my water in at work is a breeze (a 2 hour timer on my desktop definitely helps keep me on track!). So as I work and think and read and delve back into this world that I was so familiar with for so long, I keep coming back to one, huge problem.
When/where can I exercise?
Let me explain…when I initially lost my weight in 2011, Brad and I were living in different cities for the sake of careers. I stayed with my brother, but for the first time in my adult life (we married when I was 18), I was a bachelorette. I had no obligations to anyone, and a LOT of free time in a new/old city where I didn’t know many people. Every day I was on task. Wake. Work. Drive Home. Workout. Sleep. Beyond the weekends when Brad and I would see each other, that was it!
Now though…how the heck can I fit in workouts? Brad works late usually 3 out of 5 nights a week, leaving me to care for our 10 month old until he gets home…usually around 8:30 or 9. Then there’s bath-times, feeding time, bedtime…and then a couple of precious hours before we finally fall asleep ourselves, exhausted. So, I have some hard thinking and planning to do.
Our work has trade with a gym here in town, and I also found a membership to the YMCA, which has the town’s only indoor Olympic-sized pool. In 2011 after breaking my foot running, swimming became my thing. I swam in high school, and it became a great workout for me. Now that I’m heavier than I was when I broke my foot, I’m definitely a little worried as far as running goes. Both the gym and the Y have child care services, but I feel awful about picking up my daughter from day care just to take her to ANOTHER day care. Plus, the one night that Brad doesn’t work late and we aren’t usually running around is Thursday, and I enjoy spending our time with Rea together.
I don’t know, I am unsure at what point excuses are valid and when they are simply excuses. I feel that I would be hurting my daughter by taking her from one day care to another, but am I also hurting her by not getting healthier? The time that I would give up spending with Brad would only be temporary, but that’s also time I can spend with Reagan. And she’s growing.so.fast!
It’s been suggested that I grab a jogging stroller and take Rea with me, but it’s cold here now. I have a jogging stroller, but I don’t think she’d like it one bit with cold air blowing all over her face. It’s a great option once spring is here.
Of course, there is still one very obvious choice, and one I haven’t even wanted to consider, though it’s been in the back of my mind. Waking up early. Like 5am early. Which I’m sure many of who read this will scoff and laugh and tell me to stop being so lazy – lots of people wake up at 5am. I’ve never been a morning person, to me it is a triumph that I now usually wake up naturally before 8:30am. But to consider waking at 5am, getting dressed and either driving to a gym or walking around the block is horrible. I’m still one to stay up until midnight…believe me I’m also considering working out after 10pm because that would honestly be easier in my mind. I just don’t know what to do here.
Luckily I am focused mainly on food for the immediate future. I knew if I tried to jump into both food and exercise 100% like I tried a few months ago would not go well, so I have a little time to plan. So please, mothers, help me out here? Is there a choice that I’m not considering?