Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Looking for exercise inspiration

I need to work out. I know I do.

I'm five pounds below my pre-pregnancy weight but as I've mentioned before, things just aren't the same. The most exercise I get is lifting my almost-17-pound-baby in her car seat carrier every day.

I just can't seem to find the time or energy to do it.

I start my day at 4:30 a.m., if I'm lucky. Have a 35 minute commute to work. Work until 3:30 p.m. Drive the 45 minutes to pick up Peanut from the sitter and another 15 minutes home. It's usually close to 5 p.m. by the time I get home and I play with Peanut, maybe take a quick nap with her, fix dinner or entertain her while dinner is being fixed. Feed her and then run around the house preparing for the next day while the husband bathes her. Play some more or read a book. Put Peanut to bed. Listen to her cry. Rock her for awhile. Listen to her cry some more. Enjoy the peacefulness of a sleeping child. Go to bed by 11 p.m.

I could probably cut out the quick nap after work and do a 20 minute work out. But by that time, I'm pooped and need a boost of energy. I know, I know, the work out would do the same. I just can't seem to get there.

Once I'm done breastfeeding, I think I will have time to go to the gym at work during lunch and do a quick run or work out on an elliptical. Right now, most of my break time is taken up with pumping, which I plan to continue until she is a year old. And when it gets warmer out, I want to start taking Peanut on regular walks, but that probably won't happen for a few months either.

I need to get started now.

So I'm looking for inspiration. What do you do to fit in your work out? What's your favorite work out? How often do you work out for how long?


Shauna said...

Michelle, it's been 4 years for me...I feel like my weight fluctuates so much! I'm hoping people share what motivates them; I do good for 2 days- 2 weeks, then I give up. Sleep usually wins out! My kids aren't old enough to leave home alone for 30 minutes to run or walk, we don't have sidewalks, so I can't run or walk in the wee hours of the morning, and Wes is gone every night that I'm home...it is so frustrating. I'm hanging tight at my pre-pregnancy weight, but when I first got pregnant, I had been wanting to lose 10 pounds anyways! I can't take those 10 pounds off :( Good luck!

Denise and Jansen said...

Is there a gym near Peanut's daycare or near your work? You could get in a morning workout before work or during lunch. With your crazy day, I can't imagine when else you could fit it in. I think Andrea (Moore) Andrako and her husband trade nights putting the baby down. When he puts Thomas down for the night, she goes to the gym, and vice versa. I hope this helps, I think exercise is so important to stress relief, energy, and overall feeling good...and of course there's the weight thing too :)

k said...

For the love of Pete I struggle with the same thing--and my day doesn't even start as early as yours.

I now actively scorn the pre-baby me and my moans, "I'm so tired. I have no time to work-out." Whatever.

Hillary said...

First of all, HOW in the hell do function on that amount of sleep?

Secondly, aren't you funny?

I don't really work out now, aside from carting around my hoss of a child, however, I hope to start taking walks again once daylight savings means it doesn't get dark before The Boy's bedtime.

Michelle said...

I don't know how I function. It's a blessing that I have adjusted especially considering how much I love sleep and hate getting up so early.

I do get home a little earlier a couple times a week so I think I'm going to find a work out program to do while Peanut sits and plays in her bouncer. We have a channel on our cable that offers dozens of free work out programs on demand. They range from 2 minutes to 40 minutes. I figure I can get started with working out two times a week and once on the weekend.

I do have a gym that is in my building at work, which I will use at lunch once all my free time isn't spent pumping, which could happen anytime in the next one to five months.

I'm not the kind of person who enjoys working out at the time but I do enjoy the benefits of stress relief and feeling better about myself.

I'll keep you posted how it goes and let you know if I find some wonderful secret to adding time into the day and or keeping fit by sleeping.

clueless but hopeful mama said...

Oof. I wish I knew. It was easy for me when Zoe was tiny and I was home with her all day. One of her naps was devoted to working out.

Now that I'm working, I'm supposed to work out at work (since I teach Pilates and should, theoretically practice what I preach!) but I often just don't. I do find that short videos help (there are some out there that are in 6 minute segments so WHATEVER you can get in is better than nothing.)