Can you believe this is almost finished! Are you over it yet? I am a little bit, haha. I love the prompts, but I don’t like the obligation. Plus I think posting every day is just overkill, I’ve probably lost as many readers as I’ve gained! But it’s been fun.
So today’s post is a goal, and I’ve had a brief think about it. Really the one thing I’m most interested in is making exercise a regularity now that I’m not trapped under two babies all day long. I’ve got vague plans and goals for work-y blogg-y world-domination-type things sort of, but I’m keen to be more consistent with exercise as I can’t work or blog or take over the world if I’m dead!
Pre-children I was fairly reasonable with exercise. I walked often, I did tons of yoga, I occasionally did some strength training, and there were two boxing classes that I loathed with every fibre of my being, and vowed to NEVER do again. I did yoga right up until about 39 weeks pregnant with Abby, and I can say with great certainty that not having the time/energy/interest to do yoga for the last two years has been something I really am sad about. I miss it, and I can’t wait to get back into it properly. I don’t exercise to lose weight or be skinny or whatever, I do it because it’s healthy and I feel good after it. I usually hate getting myself sorted to do it, and hate it for the first and last 15 minutes, but it makes me feel so good. And it’s good for me.
So my goal next year is to walk 30 minutes nearly every day, yoga at least twice a week, and strength training 2 x30 minutes a week. That isn’t much, but it’s enough to keep me fit and healthy, and is achievable, which is probably the most important thing.
My plan for doing this is as follows:
Once Pepper sorts her shit out regarding overnight sleeping habits, and I stop being awake at 4am for an hour only to fall asleep three minutes before she wakes up for the day, and I wake up not feeling like I’ve been hit by a truck, I will go for a morning walk. It’s nice at that hour, it gives me a kick-start for the day, and it isn’t too hot. For a while there I would pop her in the pram at an ungodly hour (once it was 4.45, ugh) and walk down to the beach and back. But sleep is my main priority at this point, so I’m trying to fit walking in during the afternoon when it isn’t hot enough to melt a cat outside. So. Step one – 30 minute walk a day at some point, aiming for the morning. I have been a bit slack with this one lately.
Twice-weekly yoga: I have three yoga DVDs and have found some cool YouTube videos, so I’m happy to do this for an hour at home. My main problem is when I get an hour spare to do something, there’s usually computer work that needs doing that I can’t do when my inquisitive toddlers are around, or I want to just sit for a bit with a magazine and a cup of tea. I need to schedule it in properly and maybe looking at doing it at night. Classes outside the home are a bit of a stretch at the moment, although I went to a few recently. I will do it on Mondays and Wednesdays, when the kid/s are at day care.
Twice-weekly strength training: This I have been sort of doing on and off just while the kids are running around (and climbing on me) with stuff at home, but I need to prioritise it. Linda has made me a wonderful program that built on what I was already doing, which was really helpful. My main problem is that although I would normally do this in the morning, by 7am it’s sweat o’clock already, and hot as hades outside. That’s not enjoyable in the slightest. So I might put on the airconditioner on Tuesday and Thursday mornings while the kids do their morning craft and by the time that’s over, it’ll be cool enough to work my butt off (actually work it ON, I’m trying to get one! I have the flattest ass) and the kids can be cooled down nicely for morning tea after their outside play.
SO. Walk as many days of the week as I can manage.
I mentioned yesterday we’re sort of just starting to work out a daily family routine, so I’ll have a better idea of how manageable these goals are. It feels good to see the light at the end of the tunnel of baby parenting, and be able to find a balance with a few more of my needs too.
Do you exercise? Do you hate it? Do you fit it in around the kiddos?