Thursday, January 19, 2012

All about me.

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.


Serenity said...

Only way I can commit to working our regularly is early, early morning.

It sucks, especially getting out of bed in the winter, but it's SO nice to get it done, get it out of the way, and then go on with my life. I've tried everything else and it just doesn't work.

Really happy to hear that you found a good alternative that works with YOUR life, you know? That's really the best kick-starter there is.

And yoga is AWESOME.

HereWeGoAJen said...

My gym offers classes too, but they are really bad times of day too, and we barely manage to make any of them. I think when we have to decide whether or not to pay for the classes (we are on a free trial), I am going to say no.

I loved doing yoga. A good teacher makes all the difference too. My gym has yoga, but it is at 7:00pm, once a week and that just doesn't work.

Carrie27 said...

I use the gyms on base (they are free - except for classes). They cut back the hours due to lack of funding from the military, so the one I frequent closes at 7. A friend of mine and I have a routine of eating dinner at 5, and at the gym by 6 which allows us a one hour work out. We do this about three days a week and if we can get in on the weekend we try that too.

If I had to pay for the gym, I wouldn't go. There just isn't room in the budget, plus I would need one with built in childcare. My other solution is a treadmill and some free weights I have at home, so that's my back up plan.

I would love to try yoga, so I hope you are able to find a way to fit it into your schedule and have a great time.

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Daria said...

Best of luck. I really hope it works out. You seem all but lazy to me, you do so much.
For me, btw, this is why women should open up their own business; sure, it's demanding, but at least you get that flexibility with your time.
Love your blog!

Erin said...

Good luck! I'm thinking of registering for a road race to motivate myself, but maybe a new workout top is needed first.