Week two is coming to a close and I have had to re-evaluate my fitness goal for Go Green, Get Fit. P90X is a fine program, however; the exercise instructor uses the word “a$$” about every six minutes. Although, I feel like a “bad mama” doing calisthenics, that verbiage is not kindergarten approved. If you are like me, my kids want to know everything I am doing at all times. This includes going to the bathroom and even working out.
I realized as I was feeling guilty about not following through with my fitness goal, that if I had thought about my plan a little more thoroughly, I should have and would have included my children in my fitness goal. Since I am with my kids all day every day, I guess I magically thought that my fitness schedule would somehow fall outside of my normal routine. The whole point is that working out has been missing from my daily routine and it needs to be part of my day, everyday.
1) Forgive myself to changing my goal. It was really hard for me to allow myself to be flexible with this. I was actually mad at myself for not following through with P90X. I have allowed myself to change my mind on other things when they are not ideal or not working well, so why would this be different? Changing my goal will help me to be more successful in the long run.
2) Incorporate my kids. Since I was floundering for a few days without a plan, I invited my children to “go for a jog”. My daughter was the first to take me up on my offer. We jogged about a mile and my daughter was so sweet. She said to me, “Mom, I am going to go ahead, just catch up.” This is not dangerous, since we live on property and are nowhere near a road. She then flitted off with ease and kicked my butt (embarrassing since she is six years old). She has a natural propensity for athletics and she is very tall for her age. She will probably be a great runner her entire life. My daughter and I ended our jog, by lying on the grass and finding shapes in the clouds (perfection). After we got back, my boys had changed their minds and I took them out for the same run. My daredevil, whirling-dervish of noise and chaos, son, was constantly 100 feet ahead of me and would run faster when I would ask him to wait for his brother and me to catch up. My other son, whom I had to pull up the hill, who sat down three times and said that he couldn’t go on, was just as much of a work out as the two times I had already done this run. All in all, we ended up doing three miles and I had a wonderful time with each one of my children. Each day, my kids have been excited to get out for our work-out. Even the dog is getting some exercise (he is going too). Now, if I could just get us all out at once!
3) This is the new norm. I have had to adjust my thinking that this is my new normal. I would much rather eat cake. Really, I have such a sweet tooth. It always tastes so good, but I always feel terrible about ten minutes afterwards. It is partially guilt, but it is also a spike in my blood sugar. You would think I would learn? Getting out and jogging for 50 minutes to barely burn off a peanut-butter cup is super depressing. So, I have turned it into motivation for not eating that junk. (I usually choose organic chocolate but that is not the point)!
I am committed to seeing this challenge through to the end. Who knows, my plan may change again and if it does, it’s okay! I know that it is all about getting going and to keep on going!