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Mamavation Monday: Week 10

Two weeks ago I was try­ing to meet a goal of going to the gym 12 times in the month of Feb­ru­ary.  To meet that goal, I went to the gym 7 out of the last 8 days of the month.  I end­ed up not los­ing any weight, but I real­ly liked get­ting there that often and feel­ing the dif­fer­ence in my body from doing those work­outs.  I did not like the guilt though.  Even though my hus­band is awe­some and my kids are pret­ty flex­i­ble con­sid­er­ing how much time it took from my day (and theirs, too, on some days), I feel guilty.  I have a house to clean, meals to make, kids to read to, babies to cud­dle, meals to plan, laun­dry to wash, laun­dry to fold, laun­dry to put away, kids to put to bed, and many oth­er things to do, too.  Instead, I either put it off or hand­ed the duties off to my hus­band to get the work­outs done.  He nev­er once com­plained.  In fact, he encour­aged me to keep going and get the work­outs done.  He’s awe­some by the way.  🙂

Yet, I feel guilt.  I have 3 kids.  My hus­band works full time plus does free­lance work in the evenings.  Is it real­ly fair for me to take that much of our fam­i­ly’s time to exer­cise?  Up until recent­ly, I had been going to the gym twice a week in the morn­ings and putting the boys into their child care area.  That worked real­ly well until Kael and Asa start­ed to get tired of it.  So, we fig­ured out a cou­ple lit­tle things they could have or do in there to keep them inter­est­ed and occu­pied.  Now, Kael is sick and Asa is just get­ting over his cold.  I won’t be going to the gym tomor­row morn­ing.

So, I have a choice.  I can skip going and end up with a marathon run of work­outs at the end of the month.  I can go tomor­row after Jason gets home from work.  I can go tomor­row evening when the boys are going to bed.  Or, I can go anoth­er day, but the time issues remain the same.  Unfor­tu­nate­ly this is a very busy time in my life, and I don’t have a lot of flex­i­bil­i­ty in my sched­ule.

It appears that I could moan and groan about it.  Those of you read­ing this would prob­a­bly give me some help­ful sug­ges­tions and words of encour­age­ment, and I appre­ci­ate that.  But, I think the real solu­tion is the same as what it was to my moan­ing a few weeks ago.  Just suck it up and do it.  Every­body has the same 24 hours in a day.  Every­one has things that make them busy.  Every­one feels guilty about doing or not doing some­thing.  In the end, we just have to do the best we can.  So, there it is.  I’m a bit of a whin­er, but (hope­ful­ly) I’m also a doer.


I weighed myself again, and I did­n’t gain or lose any weight last week.  I have decid­ed that I’m going to take a month off from the scale.  I’m going to focus on water, fruit, veg­eta­bles, and reg­u­lar exer­cise.  At the begin­ning of April, I’ll hop back on the scale and see how things are going.  Until then, I’m going to work on solid­i­fy­ing my lifestyle choic­es.