Taking Care of Mama

My life pretty much revolves around my family these days. There’s appointments, laundry, dishes, sometimes meals, more laundry, boring errands and a bunch of other things that just sort of become your responsibility when you stop having a regular job. So I think it’s more than fair to occasionally take a little time for myself. So, I’ve been “taking care of myself.” This is a nice phrase, but execution is a little murky. My Chick-fil-a addiction is pretty fierce, so I’m not going to mess with that just yet. I haven’t bought any more alcohol. That’s not quite the same as giving up drinking, but it effectively cuts my drinking down to almost none. I also told my husband to stop buying ice cream. This one hurts a little, but I’m getting used to it. The proliferation of Halloween candy has helped.

I also decided to exercise and so far I’ve had what I would generously call mixed results. I started out with little ten minute workouts and finally decide to upgrade to a DVD I used to do pretty regularly. Well, I must have been in better shape back then because twenty minutes in I was panting and tripping and sweating. I may not have mentioned this before, but I don’t sweat. If moisture is gathering on my upper brow then that’s a sure sign of impeding doom. My husband was shocked. And did I mention the tripping? There’s something so undignified about tripping over your own two feet.

But I’ve kept at it. I did the video a few more times and now I can actually finish all thirty minutes. I’d like to work in some yoga in too. I did a ten minute routine and it’s pretty cool. I’m going to look for a DVD with longer routine. I don’t really have a still personality, so it’s a stretch for me–but in a good way. I’d also like to do a little running. Not a lot of running–that’s not my style. I have absolutely no desire to run a marathon on a triathlon. None. I do think it would be good if I could run a mile or two without dying though. You know, in case there’s an alien invasion or something.

I’m not in danger of becoming Miss Fitness America, but it’s something.

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  1. therextras says:

    Your exercise counts for a lot, Katy. Good for you! You managed to be realistic in your post, but don't underestimate the effects. (Well, 'cept that tripping thing – which will go away no doubt.) 😉

  2. Nadine Hightower says:

    Me either Girl, but that doesn't stop me from trying.

    Hang in there!!

  3. Jeff says you will be very bored if you run. He doesn't run because he gets very bored. He says don't do it unless you want to be very bored.

  4. Way to go Katy! I admire your dedication! I seem to have lost that in the last 5+ yrs!

  5. So far, I just get on the bicycle at the gym because I then read for 30-40 minutes. I figure I should get back to running/walking but I am having a hard time giving up that book!

    Still biking is better than nothing.

  6. Wherever HE Leads We'll Go says:

    Good for you! These days my exercise consists of walking from one room to another (and we live in a tiny 2 bedroom apartment). I know I need to do something since fitting in my clothes has become a thing of the past, but I have not takenany action. Thinking about it is a step in the right direction, right?

  7. Have you tried Pilates? I like it much better than Yoga which makes me feel like barfing. I think it gives a better overall work out and is great prep for the running garbage we all feel like we have to do to be "fit". Sometimes I actually feel graceful when doing it–must be all the toe pointing. Also have you tried a recumbent bike? Biking burns tons of calories and you don't feel the after-shock on your joints. I put in some BBC drama from Netflicks and pedal away.

    Good luck on the taking time for mom thing. I struggle with this area. Today, while driving home from preschool with my screaming 4 year old I found myself slipping into the life without kids area of my brain…not a good place for me considering I have 3 1/2 of 'em…which means its time for some serious "take care of mom" measures.

  8. Small Town Girl says:

    Wow, I'm impressed! I need to get back on that bandwagon. Especially now that it's turning colder and my daily walks at lunch aren't really happening.

  9. I am about to get in a routine of working out again too.

  10. Keep up with your running–because you never know…