05 November 2006

Aha!

GH and I had a discussion last night, the same old discussion we always have. It all boils down to the: Cancer sucks. The discussion takes different forms; it could be my resentment about doing more to care for the babies, GH's annoyance that he never feels great, you name it. But it all gets back to cancer. Stooopid cancer.

I had an aha! moment during this particular discussion, though. When the babies were born, I let my gym membership lapse. I don't really have time to go to the gym, and during the summer is was a moot point since I walked and walked and walked all the time. I certainly get my strength training by hefting two babies around all the time! But I've gone from 5-7 solid cardio workouts a week (pre-pregnancy, I was a runner and during pregnancy I was a walker) to almost none. I think this lack of exercise is catching up to me especially now that I'm at work and I don't even get out for those walks with the babies anymore. Not to mention the fact that I don't eat as well anymore. My fruit and veggie intake is at an all-time low.

I need to come up with ways to ramp up my nutrition and try to get a little more exercise. We have a gym at my office, but with pumping three times a day, I'm already feeling behind on my work and can't really justify spending time working out during the work day. I already get up early with the babies and want to spend that morning time feeding them and getting time with them since I don't see them all day. After work is hard since we start getting the babies ready for bed at 7:00 and I don't get home until 5:30 even if I don't go to the gym. Argh. It's hard, but I do think some workouts would improve my overall mental health. Maybe I can incorporate stretching into my work day at my desk? A pilates video after the twins go to bed?

And on that note, I'm off to eat chocolate cake and watch some football before heading to bed. The exercise regime and healthier eating can always start tomorrow, right?

6 comments:

weigook saram said...

How about exercising while watching TV? I do that sometimes. Self magazine had a great couch potato workout in a recent issue.

Anonymous said...

After baby #1 I bought a home elliptical machine. It took some work to figure out how to fit it into my home, but it made a lot of difference with trying to exercise while being responsible for a baby. The one I bought was $300, and is still going strong after a year and a half. I bought it because if I don't exercise I get really depressed, and it's help quite a bit.

Amanda

Anonymous said...

The yoga and pilates dvds from Gaiam are really good -- I have a couple that I use consistently. There's also a bellydancing fitness dvd out there that seems like a lot of fun... maybe worth a try!

bg's Little Sis said...

took me a long time to fit it back in. I have a difficult time working out at home unless it's walking, we did last year find a great gym that I love that has great childcare facilities as well. Even if I just pop in for a quick 30 minute run on their track or the machines, I know the kids are ok during that time. I hated that they were not with me since they were in childcare also at the time, but I had to do it for me and my health and sanity.

I do a couple of days during the week and then the weekend. The big difference for me was that I had to schedule it, if I put it in my planner, it was an appointment I had to keep, it gives me the time I need to think, relax, clear my head and de-stress. I find I don't get so frustrated with the kids and my husband when I stick with my routine.

Good luck on this, a constant challenge I think.

OTRgirl said...

Hmm...sounds just like my current exercise plan.

Anonymous said...

WALK...even just 10 minutes in the am and 10 in the pm of "off duty" time helps. I literally walk in circles around my block after I put the kids to bed. There's evidence it staves off mild depression, but *I* think it staves off "mother madness".