So one of my goals for the year is to get back on the workout train. Originally, I planned on working out four times a week. If you don’t have kids…that may seem like no big deal. I mean, how hard is it really to get in a few thirty minute workouts a week, right? Well, let me tell you something. YOU DON’T HAVE KIDS. Specifically, you don’t have a toddler. And let me tell you something: Kids are a workout in and of themselves.
Let me tell you a little about an average day in my household: I’m up by 5:30 with a baby boy that does.not.sit.still. As soon as he’s in his highchair with breakfast, I’m hustling my buns around trying to get a little bit of housework in. And let me tell you – the amount you can actually accomplish in 20 minutes is pretty dang amazing when you put your mind to it. Emptying the dishwasher, swapping laundry, feeding dogs, packing lunches, cleaning up toys…like I said, amazing.
Then we play this game where mommy tries to get ready for the day while a child and a dog chase each other around our bedroom and bathroom like maniacs. This usually ends every three minutes with a crying child because he gave the dog a toy and now the dog won’t give it back. It never gets old, apparently. And this is just the daily parenting battle to get ready in the morning.
In the evening, after dinner, we run. We climb on puppies. We play with cars. We chase. We go literally non-stop until bathtime or bedtime, depending on mama’s energy level. Now that he’s actually able to run around, I have to go through a pretty long bedtime routine to get him calmed down for bed – which is new in the last month or so. And by the time he’s ready to sleep…he’s out. And then he’s up about four times – looking for that paci – from around 10 PM til 4 AM. And that 5:30 AM wake up alarm (my child yelling, “mama mama mama!” from his crib) comes waaaaaaaay to early. Until I walk into his room and see the cutest face in the world.
Yep, I went the cheeseball route. Because it’s true.
Anyway, moral of the story: most nights, chasing after my almost 1.5 year old is often times way more of a workout than a real workout could ever be. OK, not quite true – if that were completely true my abs would be hard as a rock by now. But the exhaustion level…well it’s definitely the same.
SO: three workouts a week (or rather, one during the week and two on the weekend) certainly sounds much more reasonable to this mama.
Tell me in the comments, how do you workout?