When the one more thing is exercise?
I seem to find the time “not” to. Because really, I’m just always too busy for that.
But at my 8 week postpartum check up (because I put it off after losing my son), my blood pressure and weight were both up past a point I felt comfortable with. I’ve never been rail thin, but I am a lot heavier with back to back pregnancies in 18 months. It’s simply not healthy for me.
Without beating myself up mentally, I decided to work on changing this. So I sleep better, I fit into my clothes again, and I feel like I’m doing something for me.
I wasn’t sure how to go about this. I didn’t want to take sitter time to head to the gym when I use that for working. I’m home enough of the week it seemed like there should be a way to do it here.
So I bought a Gazelle (I’d had one before for years and loved it). I wanted to do it at set times each weekday. However, I knew if I locked myself in with “do it at 9am or just tell yourself what a loser you are for not doing it” I wouldn’t get very far. Not every day was going ot be a 9am workout. In fact, most aren’t. My goal is:
- when you have 30 minutes.
Usually this falls when Bella goes down for a nap. I can do it while she’s up but there’s the constant thirsty/hungry/need thing that means I’m always getting on and off the Gazelle. I watch The Good Wife (just started it – amazing) to keep me distracted and not watching the clock, and for 20-25 minutes I work out. Then I lay out my yoga mat, stretch, and cool down.
To make it smoother, I lay out a snack Bella can reach if she wakes up early, turn off my phone so it’s not that little ding that I just need to check and find myself watching a YouTube on cats 20 minutes later, and bought easy clothes to change into quickly beforehand.
Honestly? It would be easier to just skip this interruption, and yes, I still see it as that for now. Working from home means that my self control (or lack of) is really challenged often. I have so many of my own deadlines and responsibilities that throwing in yet another that isn’t paid for or sees results immediately is hard to rationalize at times. The “I could be” thoughts run through my head as I put on my shoes and pull on a t-shirt. Every day.
My goal is that this soon becomes a part of my daily routine. Like clearing out the dishwasher or doing laundry. Not so fun. But needed for the bigger picture. In this case my healthy and happiness.
30 some minutes doesn’t tip my day over.
What are some of the ways you find time to stay healthy when life gets busy?