Finding the Time {Fitness Schedule Edition}

Are you guys tired of hearing us talk about working out yet? I mean, you have women on here blogging about running marathons, making complete lifestyle changes, working out at lunchtime, and now, here’s another fitness article.

Well, all I can say is that you need to climb aboard the exercise train! It’s the New Year, so it’s time for those resolutions. I’ve shared that working out makes me a better working mom because it truly makes me feel better about myself physically and pumps some adrenaline so that I can get through the day without killing anyone with a smile. I’ve also shared a few simple tips for working momma fitness. And one of my resolutions is simply to folow my own advice, continue to eat well and exercise.

But many people have asked me how I do it and what I do. How do I fit in exercise? What exactly do I do when I go to the gym? I’ve said before that I’ve had a hard time, I’ve fought that internal battle of mommy guilt concerning leaving my son for longer amounts of time to work out, and I think I’ve finally found a balance. My husband and I take turns cooking, and the days I cook pretty much revolve around my exercise schedule. We’ve also arranged it so that almost every time I go to the gym, my husband is home with my son. Very seldom does my son have to stay longer with my mother-in-law or attend the gym childcare.

In five months, I lost 18 pounds, fit back into my high school/college size 4 pants, and I attribute it to myfitnesspal, friends, and group fitness classes. There are many women who can make lifestyle changes and work out at home. I admire you. I am not one of those people. I need somewhere to go. I need to feed off the energy of others.

With that, I want to share my workout schedule. Bear in mind, this is a tentative schedule because life happens, but I do attempt to follow it pretty rigidly and yes, for most weeks in the last five months, I have gone to the gym When I lose motivation, I have two friends who attend classes with me to text me and remind me to go, and a husband to push me out of the house and encourage me as well.

6:30-7:15 p.m.- Step Camp
7:30-8:00 p.m.- Ab Attack

Tuesday: SOLO
Arms/upper body weight training
25 minutes elliptical

5:30-6:30- Aerobic Weight Training

5:30-6:30- Vertical Core (Side Note: This used to be my cycling night and they changed the schedule—boo.)

25 minutes elliptical machine
6:00-6:30 p.m.- Ab Attack

Saturday: SOLO
Arms/upper body weight training
25 minutes elliptical

10:00-11:00 a.m.- Aerobic Weight Training

I am in no way, shape or form saying that every one of you has to join a gym in the New Year or that if you join a gym, you have to frequent that gym every 24 hours. What I am saying is this schedule has worked for me. I love how I feel, I love that it has become routine, I love that I don’t make excuses anymore, I love that when I don’t feel like working out, other people are around to motivate me.

So if you’re like me, and you want to be healthy but you can’t train to run a 5k on your own, or those YouTube cardio videos just don’t cut it when there’s a dog between your legs or a toddler wanting to play, reach out. Try to make a pact with a friend to go walking or running, or call up the gym you pass by every day on your way home from work. Take care of you. You won’t be sorry you did, and your family and coworkers will be happy because you’re happy and healthy.

About the author

Shannon is a graduate of University of South Florida, a high school English teacher, and an aspiring author. In April 2011, she and her husband met the love of their lives: a son named William. Shannon is currently learning to balance teaching 115 teenagers and being William’s mommy. You can find her blogging at Momma Bird and tweeting as @bluebird_momma.


  1. Observacious says:

    Good job! This is a work-life imbalance that I really need to get better at. To push myself I did include “run a 5K” in my working mom resolutions. It is the goal that terrifies me the most.
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    • Shannon says:

      That’s an awesome goal! I haven’t been a runner… well, ever… I used to jog 2 miles a day in college, but that was in my best shape. I doubt I’ll be running any 5ks so good luck to you!!
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