I have a pretty good opinion of myself. I think I'm a nice person, have nice friends, hold down a good job. I try my best to keep the house running smoothly, Aaron and I communicate well and are a great couple, and my kids seem happy and well adjusted. To do all this, I spend a lot of time working hard, fostering relationships and tending to my family's needs.
One thing that has gone 100% to the wayside is my health. I used to be fairly active - I'm sure that if you've read this long enough, you know that I did an Ironman triathlon in 2004. And it does seem like I get into a funk every 6 months or so... sitting on the couch and knitting or playing with my iPhone instead of getting off my butt and being active. But it's so easy to just let the exercise go. Be it that I had a hard day at work, or the kids have worn me down, or I want to meet up with friends or even that I am just being LAZY.
It's also a struggle for me because many of the things I used to love to do either take a long time (like bike rides or going to a pool and swimming) and are also pretty expensive (again swimming but also yoga). And this past year, we have been SUPER tight on money. I tried to join the inexpensive gym in town, but the timings of the classes just was NOT working out for me. I like to spin, and the spin classes are at 5:45 (I'm the only one home with the kids) 9:30 (prime time at work for meetings) and 6:30 (baby bedtime). Aaron is always supportive and tells me he can figure out a way so I can go, but I must admit getting up at the ass crack of dawn is not attractive to me, and baby bedtime is not to be missed. It's my favorite part of the day!
If you want something to succeed, you need to figure out what isn't working and find a way to fix it! I had been walking, but a combination of cold weather and laziness stopped that. But now I have good news. A friend of mine is opening up a yoga studio about 10 minutes from my house, and the pricing is very reasonable. She also put a lot of thought into the timings of classes, so there are many options that I will be able to go to (like a lunch time class for when I'm working at home) that I think this is just what I need to get back to exercising.
Things start up on Feb 1st, and I ordered myself a new yoga top to celebrate! I'll report back. But I really need to get into some sort of workout routine. I hope this is as great as I think it's going to be.