Hi friends! How are you doing with your 2018 goals and resolutions? If you are having ups and downs (like me), do NOT worry. You are not alone, and this is completely normal with any lifestyle change. There is nothing easy about any sort of change, especially the kind that physically hurts! When you start a workout routine it hurts until your body gets used to it. So, what we must do is look at the big picture and keep pushing forward.
If the kids are with you, don’t get frustrated, include them. It took me years to figure that one out, and I am happy that I did. Everyone is happy now! The issue in my past was that I didn’t work out regularly. So when I did I wanted to complete the entire (long) workout. I was forcing myself through it, and it was painful, which caused me to get irritated. This way wasn’t fare to my children or myself. That is the beauty of having a daily workout, it doesn’t have to be long or perfect. If you are moving, you can still have fun and enjoy your children at the same time.
I have found that yoga works best for my little girl and I, and more upbeat cardio or weight workouts are best for my older boy and I (I will have a separate post about this). This is a great bonding time for us, and I do not feel guilty about my workouts if they are included in them. This has become such a fun experience!
Don’t get me wrong! I do love my alone workout times, and have been doing pretty good about getting up an hour early to get them in. It is great to have a back up plan when you are at home alone with the kids (which is Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for me).
The kids might not always want to workout (this should be a fun thing for them so I don’t want to change that). In these instances, I will put on a movie, let them color, or play a game. I will be in the same room with them and get a small workout in (even if that means kicking some toys out of the way to clear a spot ;)).