Smiling through the workouts.


**Photo Courtesy of my almost-5-year-old.

I usually strategically plan my workouts for when Dez (16 months) is napping.  He prefers to be on my body at all times, climbing up my legs, being held, sitting on my lap.  Sometimes I’m convinced that he’s trying to get back into the womb.  So working out, especially with weights, seemed like more of a naptime activity for me.

But then I had a thought.  When I start evening rehearsals at the end of the month, how am I going to get my work done AND my workout in?  I usually use naptime and after bedtime to get those things done.  But when I start rehearsing in the evenings, everything will change.

Then I had the thought:  Working out when the kids are AWAKE, where they can SEE that Mommy is being active and that I’m doing something to make my body stronger, is a GREAT EXAMPLE for them.

While it’s important to take your workout seriously, especially FORM (I have a lot to work on in that department), it’s equally important to HAVE FUN and to show your kids that working out isn’t some super serious thing that you hate but have to do anyway because… adulting.  I can INCLUDE my boys in my workouts.  I can SMILE throughout my workouts!  It’s not torture (although Body Beast Leg Day felt like it..).  It’s a GIFT that I’m giving to myself.

So, that’s my goal: Get the workout in while the kids are awake, set an example for them, don’t take it so seriously, and HAVE FUN.

Pro Tip: Smile when you feel like giving up 🙂

Mama said…

mama said

While it so nice to be able to report on the great days of Mommyhood, I think it’s equally important to share the less-than-stellar days, the ones where I know I am no longer in the running for Mom of the Year.

Today is one of those days.

Kevin is just a few short weeks away from turning FIVE.  (WHAT)  Desmond is almost 17 months.  (WHAT)

Seriously, where did the time go?

I don’t know if there’s a full moon or if this is just par for the course for their stages of development, but they are both DRVING. ME. CRAZY.  And I feel like I am quickly losing my mind.

I hate yelling.  It makes me feel small and mean and… sad.  It doesn’t help anything.

But what is a parent to do when their children only want to scream, melt down, and disobey?

We needed a change of scenery, so I took them outside.  It’s not crazy hot, and my Casper skin needed some Vitamin D.

So today during Desmond’s nap time, I am taking 30 minutes for myself and working out.  It’s all I can do.  I need the rush of endorphins.  I need to block everything out.  I need a BREAK.

Then I’ll reward myself with a cup of tea and get to work.  Fingers crossed he sleeps long enough to get everything something accomplished.

Inhale in.  Inhale out.  Sweat it out.  Glass of wine.

Namaste ❤