Friday, May 1, 2009

My First Work-Out

This week, my wonderful mother informed me that she was home all Thursday morning and I could drop off the girls so I could go out. I love unsolicited offers of free baby-sitting! It took me a second to figure out what to do with this unexpected free time though.

Then I remembered my list of post-school resolutionsand one of my goals was to get healthier. It’s not that I don’t have time to exercise it’s that I don’t have enough time without the kids to exercise. I could take them to the gym but with the cost of childcare it would add up quickly. Plus it’s only at set times and would probably interfere with nap time. But, thanks to my mom I finally got to work out.

As I was getting ready for my big day out, my husband called and needed me to bring him some tools and lunch so I picked him up a fruit smoothie and McDonalds. Since I needed some nourishment for gruelling work out, I bought some for me too. After enjoying a quiet lunch with my husband, I headed to the gym. I haven’t worked out since my youngest was 3 months, which is coincidentally also the time I started the Fall semester. I was surprised I was still able to run for 20 minutes without feeling completely exhausted. All the running after kids I do must help. I did a bit of stretching and some weights. I really wanted to work on my abs too but couldn’t remember any ab exercises besides sit-ups. Good thing I’ve ordered an abs video to help me get a six pack before I go to Mexico in August.

Today I’m feeling a little big sore but nothing major. I hope I have an opportunity to go again soon. Next time though I’ll avoid the pre-workout McDonalds meal so I’ll actually burn calories instead of just cancelling out the calorie intake and calories burned.

I’ve also avoided buying any junk food so we don’t have anything left in the house. Unfortunately, I still have cravings so I find myself snacking on chocolate chip cookies and mini marshmallows. One step at a time I guess.

  • What do you do when you have free time?
  • When do you find time to work out?


  1. Since the weather has gotten so nice out i have started my evening walking again. I have a two mile trek that I just love doing. I need to refocus on eating better, but so many times I feel like we are eating on the go, UGH! I love fresh fruits and veggies though so I just need to make it available.

  2. That's great that she gave you some time to yourself! My free time usually gets spent cleaning or running errands that have to get done (fun). We try to work out as a family, usually by going on walks or doing KidFitness videos, it's the only way I can sneak in workouts.

  3. It is so hard with kids to find the time! I have always thought that I had to get my "chores" done first before I could take the time to work out. So I never got to work out because the house is never going to be clean all at once. But now I am trying to schedule it just like I would anything else and get it done! For me I have to work out early in the morning, I get too busy the rest of the day.
    Good job, I love your blog!!

  4. Gosh, it's so hard to find the time that I should to be able to work out--I go for stroller walks with my son, but that's about it. I used to belong to a gym, but I stopped my membership since I stopped going. I'm thinking of signing up for some classes so that I could be motivated to go again!

  5. Thanks for the comment on my Aloha Friday post! That link you shared is AWESOME and super helpful!!!

  6. I wish I had time to work out! Actually, I take that back - I can very easily go work out on my lunch hour since I'm back at work now, but I don't. I usually just go shopping! So bad of me. I have to start getting in shape again, now that summer is practically here!


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