“Your body can stand almost anything. It’s your mind that you have to convince.”
If you decide ahead of time not to be too rigid on when and how you get physical exercise, it’s not too hard. Three ways:
- Leave the house (while husband is home or sitter) early, early in the morning or after you put the littles to bed. Then head to gym.
- Exercise with the littles in tow. You can use a jog-stroller at a park. On rainy days when I did not want to shlep strollers, car seats and cranky toddlers while trying to hold onto an umbrella, I’d hold the littlest and just run up and down steps in the house; after 15 minutes of that (you’ll be gasping) challenge them all to a 5 minute wall sit. Then do push-ups with one of them sitting on your back. Most gyms offer babysitting. If you think you’ll use it, it is a great way to exercise “sort-of-alone.”
- Exercise in the house (using video programs) when everyone is asleep – again, early in the morning or late at night.
“My protein shake brings the boys to the yard. And they’re like: your muscles are hard. Damn right, my muscles are hard. I could train ya, but I’d have to charge.”
Many moms become weekend warriors but this usually results in minor injuries and lots of cancellations – weekends get busy and the workout always seems to be the first thing wiped off the schedule.
“Respect your body. It’s the only one you get.”
Think about how good you will feel after the exercise. This often helps with the added frustration and anger moms feel over the effort it takes to make the time to do this. You will feel happier when you exercise, so go for it. Make it a priority. If you feel resentful or frustrated because you don’t have total freedom to do what you want when you want, know that the exercise itself is gonna pull you out of that rut!
Work hard in silence. Let success be your noise.” – Frank Ocean
Sometimes you get so excited when you start a new diet or workout program that you want to tell everyone, assuming they’ll be just as excited for you.
It can be shocking to find out there are a lot of critical people out there who will plant seeds of doubt in your mind with negative comments. They might pick at you for saying no to processed foods like cake and pizza, or complain about your time in the gym.
“Rome wasn’t built in a day, but they worked on it every single day.”
Seeking rapid weight loss through a very restrictive diet or over-exercising often backfires.
“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln
“Use the 21/90 rule: It takes 21 days to create a habit. It takes 90 days to create a lifestyle.”
Often, people try something for a week or so, feel uncomfortable, and give it up.
This can even be things they know will help them get what they want most.