Several months ago, I promised that I’d made more time for me.
Not in a run off to a deserted island type of way, but to take care of me in the little things: be sure to brush my teeth, wash my face, eat decent meals, go to bed at a semi-decent hour and exercise. The little things that tend to get pushed aside in the rush of mom duties.
The absolute hardest part for me was adding in the exercise.
Because that seemed to be the most time-consuming of them all.
Seriously- I three kids to take care of. And we’re moving this week. And I work from home. I always have something I need to be doing. So, working out? Who has time for that?
And then I saw a quote on Pinterest(that I didn’t repin because at the time, I felt like it was mocking me, taking away my excuses, but apparently the idea of it stuck in my head anyway) that said something to the effect of “You don’t have time to exercise? If you work out for one hour a day, that’s only 1/24th of your day. No excuses.” (and then I’m pretty sure it said “Get off Pinterest, Shell. I’m sure you spent 1/24th of your day on here tonight.)
Well, when you put it that way… and especially when you’re me and think, even a half hour would be enough. That’s only 1/48th of my day. I can do that.
Plus a friend of mine lent me some workout dvds so I didn’t have to add in scheduling time at the gym and adding in travel to the gym. I could really be done start to finish in 1/48th of my day.
So, I have been keeping that promise to myself. To get some exercise.
Not every single day, but it’s been almost every day for the past 5 weeks.
And I do feel better.
My boys are sometimes around when I workout, just depending on when I can squeeze in the time. They asked why I was exercising.
And somehow, in the middle of shaking my boom-boom(yes, I’ve been doing the Brazilian Butt Lift- go ahead and laugh, but it works!), I realized I shouldn’t say “Because I have to wear a bathing suit soon and I feel disgusting.” Or “Because I feel fat.” Or “So I can lose weight.”
Instead, I said “So I can be healthy.”
And three little heads, all in desperate need of haircuts, nodded and went back to playing, letting me exercise in peace.
As I was doing my workout this morning, my youngest told his brothers, “Mommy is exercising so she can be healthy.”
And bottom line, that is what I want.
To be healthy enough to keep up with my boys(damn, they are so fast!) and to be around for them for a long time.
Taking the time to exercise has helped make other healthy choices seem easier. I naturally drink more water (sometimes as I gasp for breath). I sleep better. I make better food choices because I realize I don’t want to counteract the good I’m doing in my workouts(well, most of the time- I’m a bigger believer in special treats).
It feels good. I don’t think it’s asking too much for me to take 1/48th of my day to get healthy. See? Pinterest quotes can be inspiring!