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!

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?



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4 responses to “Delima

  1. There are about 1,000,000 very good, very effective, at-home, no-equipment or basic equipment workouts available for free on youtube, either on Oxygen Magazine’s channel or The Angry Trainer’s channel. Or get a $10 jump rope at Target, and alternate jumping rope, push-ups, lunges, body squats, and other body weight exercises. I was a fat mom with two little kids and I used every excuse in the book to not exercise or eat right for many years. Looking back, there is so much more I could have done and so much time I wasted. Getting up early and getting it done is the best way to do it. You will NEVER regret it.

    • I totally agree about the in-home options, and I tried a few of those as well. I am finding it a bit difficult since our living room area has basically been converted into Rea’s play-space, so anything I tried to do has me up to my knees in a baby wanting to be held! So that still rules out the evenings unfortunately. It does sound like the mornings are still my best bet.

  2. Well getting up at 5am with your busy schedule, to work out, would surely have you feeling exhausted more so in no time flat. That’s something you shouldn’t overlook. My suggestion is to ask to leave your daughter at her current daycare for a bit longer for maybe a little bit more money, if this is feasible and the driving isn’t to much. That way you save time with not having transferring her to, two different locations. Plus you don’t run the risk of her catching something from two different daycares. Oh yuck, right! Then there is justtaking her to two different daycare idea, seems like a lot of work but can be doable. What about, is there somewheres with in indoor track, where you can take the jogging stroller and run with her and then maybe do some weights at home? Or baby lifting, 😉 . To be honest I wish I had been more proactive with my health when my kiddos were younger, even when I had 5 under 5, Now mine are all teenagers plus an adult and I honestly do wish I had taken more time out for me, because it would have benefited us all in the long run. So the short pay out would have been worth it. I encourage you to seek out a solution. In your heart you know what is the right thing to do!

  3. mariekeates

    Sometime you have to do things just for you. If you’re happy everyone in the family will be happy. Have you thought about getting one of those plastic covers for the stroller (we call them pushchairs over here)? That would keep the wind and a lot of the cold off Rea and you could have a nice walk. She might like getting a change of view too.

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