How To Work Out With Kids.
First, put baby to sleep. Let big kids watch a movie. Set out lots of snacks. Give them bananas, when the toddler wakes the baby, the five year old will want to feed them. Put on cute workout clothes. No, stay in the old sweats you slept in and put on a sports bra so your mom boobs don’t do the tango. Cue workout video, look awesome, feel sweaty, look like a crazy person trying not to fall on the ice in high heels, listen to children laugh at you, feel the burn, yell at kids to stop crawling on you, yell at kids to stop playing catch over you, yell at kids to stop throwing things at you, yell at kids to stop fighting, get the baby who has now woken from all of your yelling, use the baby as your fifteen pound weight instead of the 3lb’s that you were using. Lie panting on the ground for the last fifteen minutes. Give yourself a pat on the back, you successfully did 15 minutes of heavy breathing and ab work with all of the shouting at your children.
Welcome to real life.
So, how do I do it? Well, I first give my kids some whiskey, then I threaten them with instant death and violence if they interrupt me. Okay, I get up at 5:30am, and try working out until the baby wakes up and my husband looks at me like I’m crazy. Then I have a cup of coffee, take the kids to school, and when the baby is really asleep and there is no one to bother me - I get a quick 30 minutes in. Then there are days like today - I did Jillian Michaels 6 week ab video, with the baby crawling all over me. The second half of the video I used my eight month old as my weight. On the weekends, I leave the kids with my husband and go for a run. I try to exercise for thirty minutes every day, because in my world that is realistic and helps me feel like a real person. I would love to go to the gym, but with a nursing baby who isn’t used to being left with other people - I haven’t wanted to put myself (or the caretakers) through that. I youtube workout videos and I rotate Jillian Michaels workouts with my runs.
There is always room for the things that are important to us. The struggle is discovering what really matters. I practice attachment style parenting, so my kids are in my life. I’ll go back to the gym, just not while I have a nursing baby. At this point, I’m doing my best and I am present in my kids world. This means workouts happen when they do, not perfectly, and not often at 5:30AM.