Exercise...my arch nemesis and best friend. I have always gone through waves when I've been more diligent than other times. However, over the past two years, I've made it a top priority because it strengthens my heart, boosts my mood, helps me keep my sanity, and sets a great example for my kiddos.
I have a confession to make. I have not "formally" exercised since snowshoeing December 26, 2013. I have been sledding with the boys (a great workout) a few times. But other than that we've had one wave of sickness after another sweep through our home. If I'm not sick, then one or both boys will be so I lose sleep and as a result don't make it to the gym in the morning.
I don't say this for self-pity. I say this to show my reality and share that it happens to everyone! I know there have been days I could have fit it in. I just lost my groove. I lost my motivation. We've had a lot of personal upheaval and to be honest...I just didn't care. I knew I should care but I didn't.
My scale number kept going up and my pants got a little more snug and finally, I said, "Enough is enough!". So Saturday, I went and pushed myself hard with cardio for 45 minutes. Sunday, I did 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of lunges, squats, man push-ups, crunches, and tricep curls. Last night, the boys were up for various reasons, so we played musical beds and as a result...are all exhausted.
I knew I wasn't going to make it to the gym but I am recommitted to my health. What could I do? We have Amazon Prime and can stream the Instant videos onto our T.V. So I decided to search for their free videos. There was a Jillian Michaels Yoga work out. Keep in mind...I am exercising with a 3 year old and 5 year old boy. They are sitting on the floor with their legos but I know they're not going to stay there.
They easily accepted that I was going to work-out and before I knew it they were both down to their t-shirts and boxer briefs doing yoga. I'm not into the spirituality side of yoga but the stretching and strengthening...totally up my alley! I'm a kickboxing kind of gal. This was a workout video I could do with the kids without kicking them in the face or across the room. I didn't sweat as much as running but I did feel the burn.
So three days in a row. I'm hoping to incorporate the yoga video into my week with the Superheroes. They enjoyed it and even though some of the push-ups and planks involved a 3 year old sitting on my butt...it was worth it. Crunches involved an added 37 pound weight sitting on my chest as I lifted and lowered my legs. I know I'll feel the burn tomorrow and I know my kids had me model health and quality time with them.