So I'm trying to find time to exercise. In particular, I'm trying to get my butt up in the morning to exercise first thing and to change my mindset to enjoy that. I have to admit it is nice to go through the day without that guilty feeling that I need to work out. Knowing that I've done it already and having that great feeling that I did something for myself that makes me feel good. I will admit exercise does make me feel good. Ever since having the boys, I have had problems with anxiety sometimes and that seems to completely go away when I've gotten all that extra energy out of my system. I've also had lower back issues ever since having Phoebe ten years ago and nothing helps it as much as ensuring I spend regular time on the elliptical machine and get some stretches in. It really is the combination of the two. I've tried just one or the other, but I have to do both to get my back into peak condition.

So I'm trying to tell myself to get 45 minutes on the elliptical machine we have in the basement at least 3 times a week and to do some yoga on a few evenings to stretch things out and get some good relaxation going. I was doing really well in the summer time, but then I fell off the wagon and now I'm trying to get back on again. I was able to do two times last week and I just got off the elliptical a few minutes ago, so I'm feeling pretty happy right now.

So tell me, do you try to find time for exercise? If so, what do you like to do?


Rebecca said…
After dislocating my knee in August, my main priority has been rehab. Now that it's getting better, I realize that if I hadn't been in shape, recovering from this injury would have been so much more difficult. At this point, I can go while the Crazies are in school or put them in the Kids Zone that they gym has. I have no idea how I'll do it when I go back to work. Kudos to you for whatever you fit in!
Kami said…
That's awesome! I too need to work out. It does make me feel so much better too! And it's good for us believe it or not! lol Good luck!

Mandy said…
I honestly would love to work out, but I definitely need the buddy system! It's winter now and I cringe at having to go out and walk the dogs!
Carrie Ann said…
I have a treadmill and exercise bike (ellipticals make me motion sick - crazy, I know!) in the basement and I go through spurts. I was good earlier in the year - 5x a week for 45 minutes and then since the summer it stopped. I keep meaning to get back on the treadmill - one of these days!!

Good luck finding something that works for you!!! you look so nice and thin already, I'm sure a few weeks/months off won't hurt you a bit!
Anonymous said…
That's a good question. When I have that free hour during nap time, do I use it to exercise or have some time to myself? Monday of this week was my first day of no-gym week. I did followed a DVD (3 mile power walk w/weights)while LG napped. I'm starting slow...M-W-F and hoping to work up to everyday.
Jamie said…
We have a treadmill and an elliptical. I usually do either of those or a workout video at some point during the day. I try to motivate myself to get up early but that doesn't always workout so sometimes I have to resort to naptime. I really like Jillian Michels 30 Day Shred and Leslie Sansone's Walk Slim dvds.
ModernMom said…
I do try to find the time, but it is so hard to put ourselves first. When I do, it's the treadmill in the basement..with the Young and the Restless on:)
I actually hate exercise but I love food so much that I'm forced to do it (will not start eating rabbit food just to be thin)

I definitely find it easier if I enjoy what I'm doing so dance class is for me and I also like "boot camp" type stuff - it brings out a healthy competitive Marcia :)

I can only go 2 X a week because of no babysitters and D also needs gym time but next year I'm thinking of adding a half hour at work 2 - 3 X per week. Let's see how that goes.

P.S> I've found over the years I'm not a solo exercise kind of person - I need that group dynamic to push me. Have I mentioned I'm ultra competitive? :)

P.P.S. My back's been acting up and I think it's from picking the kids up and doing no stretching EVER.
Anonymous said…
arg. i used to be so active. now it seems like i'm always just trying to catch up with something. i'm trying. :)

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