I am going to take a detour this week. This was not the post I had written for this week, but I thought it was so important to share with you. I am trying to find time to get my butt to the gym and add some fitness back into my life. Okay, I’ll be honest; I want to get back into a bikini after having a baby. Is it possible? I sure the hell hope so, after what I went thru for nine months. Tankini’s for life?
I’m going to come clean. I am in a constant battle with my time. Having a husband, baby and a full time job makes it hard to fit in time to work out, without feeling selfish. Now, don’t get me wrong, I definitely have a selfish side, but it’s still hard to manage.
Look, I know the struggle is real. I will be the first to admit it. It’s hard to find that work/life balance AND try and work out. Throw in a kid or two and now you’re really wondering when you can fit the gym in. I get it, trust me. More than you know.
I am a mom of a twenty month old sweet baby girl and finding that work/life balance is hard, I’m not going to lie. As I said, the fitness/life balance is hard and sometimes it sucks to be quite frank.
Some days I’m just lazy, some days/nights I just want to be with my family and then other days I just don’t feel like packing up another bag (amongst all the other bags I take to work).
I know I can’t be the only one with this struggle? So, I thought it was the perfect time to talk about how to balance the fitness/life battle.
Getting that “Me Time”
Look, I do not want to become a body builder. I don’t expect to have the flattest stomach (but I sure wish I could, not going to lie). I just want to feel good. Honestly, it’s not about the outer appearance as much as it is for my inner peace.
Being a new mom has a lot of stresses attached to it. I think we are probably all wondering if we measure up to the idea of success in our minds. So, to keep up with the pressure, sometimes we get put on the back burner. For me, that just doesn’t work anymore. I was a person before I became a mom and I am still a person, who has needs and wants.
As of late, I finally made the commitment to really get back to being me. To put in the time and energy back into myself and part of that commitment included a fitness program. Initially, I got started with a personal trainer. Just to get my booty in line and to create the habit/commitment. I have now moved on to working out at the gym by myself, twice a week with cardio a few days a week. My go to work out is either going for a 30 minute run or a spinning class for 45 minutes. You burn a ton of calories and get a good sweat on from either one.
The release that I get from those workout sessions is huge. I’m less grumpy. I’m filled with more energy and I feel that I have more patience with Madeleine and the hubby. All around, I am a happier person, simple as that. This is why I thought it was so important to share my story and struggles with fitness this week.
Spring is right around the corner, so there is no better time than now. Now, let’s get moving, together!
Just Not There Yet?
I know what you are thinking. Being there for your kids is the most important part of the day. You have been gone at work all day, so forget the gym. Kids come first.
While I won’t disagree with you, kids do come first at times, but not all the time.
I want you to listen to what I’m going to tell you. You might not believe me at first, but hear me out. You are important too. You don’t have to come last just because you now have someone who comes first. It’s all about balance and a few creative tricks along the way.
I understand that getting back into the gym might make you feel a little uncomfortable, but you know what comes with being uncomfortable……change. You can’t change yourself without being out of your comfort zone.
Let me put it like this. Have you ever heard from someone who went to the gym or for a run and said they wished they stayed home? I didn’t think so. Making the commitment and getting there is half the battle.
Let’s make that change, one step at a time. Here’s what you need to do girlfriend to start making that change. Just remember, one step at a time!
Set a Fitness Goal
I know this may sound filly, but setting your intentions of what you plan to get out of it will enable your success. Have you ever just floundered with something and it never really went anywhere?
Sit down with your journal and a cup of joe and really think about what you want to gain. Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to tone those flabby arms? Or…..do you just want a stress reliever? Whatever may be your goal, set your mind to it, write it down or tell a friend for accountability.
They always say, just getting started is the hardest part, right?
Determine a Fitness Plan/Routine
Now that you have set your intentions, you need to set a fitness plan/routine. How do you want to hit your goal? I know, sitting on the couch and watching Bravo will not get you there, as much as we all wish it would. It takes hard work and some determination along the way.
What do you like to do? Hike? Cycling? Bootcamps? Video’s at home? There are so many programs out there to set you up for success it’s mind-blowing. Fitness is really on the map and the choices are at your fingertips.
Once you get a feel for what you might like to do, get out there. Research in your area the fitness classes available. What gyms are out there and do they have great classes? That is the key. If you just want to go for a run, then polish those sneakers off and get outside. It’s really that easy. I know it’s not easy, but you can do it!
Make a Schedule and Stick to It
To get in the swing of things, you need to set a schedule and really stick to it. Try and determine how many days you can fit in some cardio. Also, if you want to add weight bearing exercise to your routine, that’s great. But, that is additional time at the gym or in your home. It all takes time.
I try and do spinning classes for 45 minutes at least three times a week. Then I sneak in a 30 minute run here and there when the weather is nice.
If you don’t have childcare or have the time or money to get to the gym, try and find some online classes, social media or home DVD’s that you can watch and workout at home. Remember, no excuses.
Find a Workout Buddy
Friendships are the best and makes working out all the more fun. I was able to get my friend to sign up for spinning and now we suffer and sweat together a few times a week. Spinning with a friend is great for the endorphins, but also for the psyche. We have some chat time before or after, which is great. #friendtime
Another great aspect of finding a workout buddy is the accountability factor. Your friend will be honest with you like nobody else. For example, I won’t let my friend cancel for a silly excuse and vice versa. We keep each other motivated, which can be a hard feat when you are doing it alone.
So, encourage a friend or family member to join into your cardio routine and keep each other accountable and motivated.
Just Do It!
I love this Nike motto because it’s so true. What are you waiting for, Just Do It!!
Fight through the burn and let me know how you are doing with your fitness routines. Maybe you have some great tips or suggestions….I would love to hear them.