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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Thursday Training: Getting Back to Working Out

Last week, I was reading Mama Laughlin's blog and she posted about something I've become very familiar with lately...mommy guilt.  

Since I didn't have a lot of time to prepare for Eli, my life changed in an instant.  Fred and I ate out all of the time, we went to ball games often and we did what we wanted when we wanted.  Life has changed, but I love this life much better.  

I've been learning how to find balance in my new life.  Because I am home with Eli, I don't get out much especially with the flu and the cold weather.  When I do get out to run errands, I just want to rush home to be with him.  

Before Eli, I was a running machine.  Two half marathons in two weeks and Pure Barre classes weekly.  It took me a couple of weeks after Eli was born to really try and get to the gym and even find the motivation to lace up my shoes and run.  I was going to start back to Pure Barre this week, but the stupid ice storm came through.   

I've recently started going to the gym anywhere from between 5am and 6am (depending on Eli's feeding schedule) and then back home in time for Fred to have enough time to get ready and get to work.  Fred has been so supportive in me getting up and going to work out.  He knows I need that hour to clear my mind and have a little "me" time.

At first I felt guilty for leaving my baby at home for an hour.  I felt guilty for leaving Fred home alone with him knowing he was going to have to get up and go to work all day, but after about the first week, it all changed.   

I realized that I am doing something that will help me to be a better mom and a better wife.  When I feel better about myself, others don't have to sit and listen to me whine about missing running or those extra pounds that I've added.  I want Eli to grow up learning that health and wellness are important and fun.  When he gets a little older, I can't wait to take him for runs in our jogging stroller.

I find that my one hour not only helps me physically, but it also helps me mentally.  I think about Eli non-stop on my run and when I get home (and shower), I can't wait to kiss and love on him.  But, a better me makes for a better mom for Eli.

Always remember, it's important to take time for yourself no matter what.    

15 comments:

KRISTIN said...

I hear ya girl. I get mom guilt BAD. I totally agree that you have to take care of yourself so you can be the best you can be for THEM, but it's so hard. Not to mention being so dang tired.

Melissa said...

It's so hard as a mom to find time for yourself. But it is healthy! My "me" time is a probably a shower haha!

Carolyn said...

So great! I'm so glad that you take "me" time!! It's definitely needed!

Elle Noel said...

If you don't take time to take care of you, everyone else will suffer too. Get in your uns girl, you deserve it!

Leigh said...

I don't have children, but you are so right. If you take care of yourself, you will be able to care for Eli better and show him good examples of being healthy and active

Shari said...

I couldn't agree with you more. I'm so glad you are making some time for you. You need it, and most importantly deserve it! :)

~Stephanie Hurst~ said...

Could not agree more!!!!! Thanks for sharing perfect read for me as I have an 8 week old.

~Stephanie Hurst~ said...

Could not agree more!!!!! Thanks for sharing perfect read for me as I have an 8 week old.

~Stephanie Hurst~ said...

Could not agree more!!!!! Thanks for sharing perfect read for me as I have an 8 week old.

Emily said...

I completely agree! You've definitely got the right mindset! Keep it up girl, you need it, Eli needs it for you and Fred needs it for you too!

erin said...

I agree and relate. It is fun right now for me to exercise with Charlotte because she LOVES to ride in the jogging stroller. When she was younger I would exercise when she slept, which also was good, but a lot of times I also wanted to nap when she napped as well! :)

Kristin said...

I totally agree! I used to be a Division 1 athlete and now sometimes I don't recognize myself. It is hard getting back in shape after baby, but I am trying to stay commited. Even if it is a Jillian Michaels DVD at nap time! Thanks for the post.

Kristin
www.kristinseymour.blogspot.com

Adrienne Gomer said...

I totally know how you feel! After baby #1 I waited almost 2 years to start working out because I couldn't stand being away from her. Now after baby #2 I only waited 6 months because I knew how important it was for my sanity to have time for myself. I always feel guilty leaving the kids with the husband every day but I like to think of it as them getting quality time with their dad.

Anna & Kirby said...

You go girl!!

Melissa said...

Great advice! Hope I can follow suit one day!