Sunday, September 19, 2010

Scheduling Exercise

My days are jam packed.

I get up around 6am during the week, get myself ready before the kids wake up, make lunches, make breakfast, take the kids to school, take myself to school, drag myself home, decide what the heck to make for dinner, make dinner, cleanup, go through the kids backpacks, flop on the couch, stare at the tv in a semi-coma daze.

The weekends are no less busy. I have my weight watchers meeting on Saturday morning, from there I usually do a few groceries or errands, come home and do some of my weekly cleaning, bathrooms, floors etc. By this time it's usually dinner time, I'm exhausted and haven't even attempted to do any studying. My husband usually gets the laundry going and is really helpful. If I actually tell him I need help and what needs to be done he is game. Yeah I've given up on the 'you should want to clean' thing .. that was at about three years of marriage if I recall correctly.

Sundays are usually filled with finishing housework, baking for the upcoming week and spending time with the kids. Yeah .. actually talking to them, not trying to get them to stop fighting, jumping, yelling, etc. etc.

It's not hard to see how one can put personal fitness on the backburner. I know most of you are with me here. Being a mom is hard. Whether you stay at home with your kids or not.

I try to exercise at least three times a week. Last week it was two times and I'm really not happy with this. I use to wake up at 5am to get my workout in .. ughhh .. this required some strict self discipline. I don't know how I did it. I do remember however feeling so refreshed afterwards and it really did give me a huge energy boost during the day.

I have great intentions during the day .. yep I am going to workout tonite .. and usually I do .. but lately I've been slacking. I'm trying not to be too hard on myself but I'm really not happy with it. I'm feeling the need to actually write my intentions to exercise down. I make an appointment with my dentist, doctor, hairdresser (okay its been about six months, don't judge) .. so why should I not make fitness appointments with myself?

I'm hoping this will encourage me to live up to my intentions. I am determined not to gain any weight back this year that I have lost. 29 Pounds!! I'm feeling great and loving fitting into some smaller clothes. So .. I pledge to write down my fitness dates with myself in my agenda. The plan is to do four workouts a week. Two cardio and two strength training.

Yep .. high hopes here ladies. Does anybody else schedule their workouts?


  1. I wish I did schedule my workouts - it might be more effective. I was really good until May when I sprained my ankle. I went back to work in July, so that also threw a wrench in scheduling. Next week, baby starts daycare, so there's the next one. After that I'm hopeful to find some sort of pattern.

    Currently, I dance with hubby once a week, run or do elliptical once a week, generally walk a chunk to or from work most days (about 30 minutes total walking a day) - so no big exercise, and I feel a bit out of shape, but not too bad. I'm missing strength training - which is the bit I don't like, so the bit I always skimp on. I have free weights for home, so I just have to be diligent and - like you - BOOK the time.

    Good luck with your scheduling!

  2. I did good at working out after each baby but once I was back to my regular size I quit. I want to get back to it this fall just to feel healthier and stronger. maybe a schedule is a good idea.

  3. I should schedule workouts, but I'm more a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of exerciser. It's sporadic at best. I consider mowing the lawn and housecleaning a form of exercise. :o) This week I'm Fall Cleaning so I probably won't schedule exercise; however, I like the idea. I'll keep it in mind for next week. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from FUMM. Happy Monday! :o) Larri at Seams Inspired

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  5. I just looked at my machine today for the first time since my baby was born 5 weeks ago. Does that count as a step in the right direction? :)

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