As you well know, being a new mom makes life just a bit hectic, especially when you have anything *but a 9-5 job and try to be superwoman in other roles on top of it all. So trying to pin down time to get fit is anything but easy.
Floyd recently decided to start setting his alarm a bit earlier so he could get up and run the treadmill before getting ready for work. I was so impressed! Now that Drake’s sleeping through the night on a fairly regular basis, it should–in theory–make it easier for me to get up a bit earlier than I do to get in a little exercise, too. But gosh darn I value my sleep a little too much I think. I am so dang tired at the end of most days, but I often fail to get myself to sleep until around 10:30 or 11. I have to try to make a better habit of going to sleep when Drake does. If I can accomplish that, getting up a little earlier wouldn’t seem so bad. When I was in college–particularly in the year pre-wedding–I would get up at 5:30 or 6 a.m. to hit the gym or go for a swim no problem. Now just the thought of doing that makes my skin crawl! I’m already getting up earlier than I ever used to in order to accomodate Drake’s feeding schedule.
My sister-in-law and a college friend of mine have had a lot of success with a particular at-home DVD series. Both of them are mommies and shed a LOT of post-pregnancy weight by eating right and doing these workouts a few times a week. My sister-in-law Shannon has impressed me so much in doing this because she works full time and has two-and-half-year-old twin boys and an eight-month-old son. What an inspiration!
I’ve got about 10-15 more pounds to shed to get into my ideal, healthy weight zone. The big challenge for me will be not to fixate on a temporary goal of getting fit for say, swimsuit season, but to think about how being at my ideal, healthy weight is a long-term benefit for my family. When I feel the best about me in a positive frame, I’m going to be the best, *healthiest mom for Drake that I can be, and the best wife for Floyd. So I’m setting forth this self-challenge to start slowly trying to incorporate a better exercise routine for myself so I don’t fall behind!
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This post was written by kmashek on May 1, 2012