Thursday, July 23, 2009

A tiny bit of inconvenient Exercise

I need to exercise. I enjoy exercising. I never find alone time to exercise.

among other excuses, I find it hard to get into an exercise routine that I can stick to. I blame this on the kids of course, but believe it or not - it's a very real excuse. And since I have started working full time, I don't find it fair to Gary, or the kids, that I require another hour or so in the evening all to myself - not to be bothered - for exercise.

I have tried setting up the treadmill where I am accessible and in the viewing area of the kids for the usual abundance of questions, or settling of squabbles...but this just leads to kids getting too close to the equipment, and the constant " Mom can I have a turn? please? I promise I won't get hurt. pleASE?"......UGHhhh! - very frustrating.

I have tried Hiking with all 3 of them too....When Kerrigan could still fit in the backpack carrier, I dragged both of us up a couple of mountains and just about died. now that she is much much too heavy for the backpack, yet much much too little to toddle her legs up a hill let alone a mountain, I am seeing a babysitter in my hiking future.

Last weekend I thought I had the solution. - I broke out the "old" (like 10 years old) Rollerblades! The kids and I packed a little snack, loaded up the Bikes and the stroller and we headed for the bike trail. I figured it was time I found some more activities we could do together that would double as a good workout. You should know that this isn't exactly in our backyard - it's about 20 miles away. I picked a stretch of the trail that was completely flat -(didn't want to have to worry about Viv flying down a hill) - the kids had a great time, and I figure up and back must have equaled about a mile and 1/2 to 2 miles. we stopped half way to eat our snack at a little ice cream shop and split a gourmet soda. It was a fun little outing, but sadly, not much of a workout for me. even though I was pushing Kerrigan and rollerblading at the same time, turns out I can skate faster than Vivian can peddle her little bike. So I had to take it slow. And since it takes a little time, and Gas to plan this activity - again it isn't something I can make a habit out of.

I am back to the drawing board. I am back to having to make myself get out of bed at the @$$ crack of dawn to walk up and down the hill in front of my house. Our Fitness Model Friend from the city offered to get me copies of the fitness program DVDs of the P90X 90 day challenge- I am up for anything! I hope to receive it in the mail soon cause guess what? There are only 92 days left before we go to Disney.


~Thought's By Dena~ said...

Im impressed with the roller blading while pushing the stroller!! I would of broke something or someone I just know it!!!!

corin said...

I should be getting up at the crack of dawn with you!!! I cant even make an excuse for myself.

CynthiaK said...

I feel your pain. I really do. I find it tremendously difficult to fit exercise into the routine, especially now that it's summer. During the last few months of the school year, I had worked out a great routine - I was running at 6am three days per week and then going to the gym two mornings per week (they have a nursery and Suvi would go to school). It was great. I felt great.

Then, school ended and I've become a much larger and less energetic version of my former self. Arg!

I have picked up EA Sports Active for the Wii, which is like a personal trainer thingy that you exercise to. It's pretty good but nothing replaces a great outdoor workout!

Good luck! I'm sure something will work for you. You are a trooper for continuing to try!

chasing dreams said...

It is HARD when the kids are little - I used that excuse for many years. I have only been able to start exercising now that my kids are older, but I still feel guilty. But, on the other hand I have to tell you that I have never felt better in life since I started running. I sleep better and feel more energetic all day.

Check out the Couch Potato to 5K workout (just google it - I think the website is This is only 30 minutes 3 times a week. Try to find a 5K race you can sign up for as motivation!

One thing that worked for me when I was just starting was actually scheduling the time in my outlook calendar (actually, I got that idea from 7 Habits for Highly Effective People). So pick 3 days (not consecutive) and JUST DO IT!

Momma@Live. Laugh. Pull your hair out said...

I totally understand. I have a gym membership that I fully intend to use as soon as the boys are back in school...but for now I am just an inactive "soft" Momma".