At the beginning of the year, I started a Facebook group for like-minded friends who want to lose weight, exercise more, and be healthier in 2013. It’s nice to have a place to post about workouts, weight issues, and confessions about ingesting an ice cream cone that isn’t in my main Facebook news feed. Last week, I asked the group:
“Let’s talk a bit about showering and exercise. This is a topic that is personal to me (if we’ve chatted any time in the last two years we’ve probably discussed this). When do you usually shower? Do you shower every day? Do you always shower after exercise?”
I was surprised by the variety of answers that I received. Some shower every morning first thing, then again after exercising, and then again before bed. Some shower every other day and only wash their hair twice a week. Some, like me, try to wait until after they exercise for the day — and then realize the day is over…
For me, logically, I know I should just get up every morning and take a shower – first thing, even as a Work At Home Mom. However, I don’t. I throw on exercise clothes and say that I’ll shower after I get my workout in (I’m not sure if this should be considered a positive or a negative of working from home…). Sometimes, the entire day goes by and I don’t fit my workout in and I still haven’t showered. I find myself rationalizing that I’ll get up early the next morning to workout and shower. And then it spirals.
Days where I workout at 5 am and then shower before dropping the kids off at school are the best and the most obvious solution. I don’t like to shower more than once a day because I have very dry skin. And once I’m clean, I use that as an excuse not to exercise. In stages of my life when I haven’t exercised my “showering debate” hasn’t been such an issue… but that’s a whole different can of worms.
I know that many people think that I’m a member of crazy-town because of how odd I am about this issue. I was most impressed by those who showered in the morning, head to the gym at lunch, showered again, and still managed to look presentable. How does one do that? Personally, I value efficiency. I can blame this on a hundred different things — but at its root, I just don’t like to waste time with the mundane when I could be doing other things – like working — or playing with my kids. A shower – complete with hair washing, shaving, lotion, and blow-drying takes me a good thirty minutes – add another five if I put on “real” clothes and makeup. And with my trio underfoot, it’s consistently interrupted, meaning the entire process takes even longer.
I know many mom’s who manage to shower every day and don’t even think about it. I want to be that person — I really do – and I was pre-kids. I don’t want to be the “Stinky Mom” or the “Mom who never showers.” But the truth is, showering always ends up fairly low on my daily priority list. When I started my new job on Tuesday, I told myself that I would get up every morning at 4:45 – workout and then shower. That way it would be done and I’d be ready for the workday. I did okay on Tuesday and Wednesday, but by Thursday I found myself rationalizing — and didn’t end up in the shower until late afternoon.
So tell me about your showering habits. What works for you?
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