I have these little things pop up daily on my Instagram and Pinterest feeds. I do re-post some of them because sometimes you get a cracker!! I love things like this because they keep me sane and remind me that I do need to put in some work to be the person I want to be. Sometimes I just want to be me – Rosie.
Seeing these things makes me think, oh yes, I shall stick a workout into my day easy as. BUT lets be honest, who LOVES working out? Certainly not me but I do love food so I am stuck in a viscous circle. I LOVE to eat and hence I need to exercise. Lets face it, I am not getting any younger and the body isn’t going to get any skinnier with me just sitting around all day long. Bahahaha
How many mum’s do you know that sit around all day doing nothing? Hmmmm, yep not very many to be fair. We are always busy with laundry, making beds, tidying up, cleaning, putting clothes away, picking up toys, go back and clean what you already cleaned,putting more things away, stepping on lego, yelling at the cat, grocery shopping, baking, chasing the cat who has a mouse attached to its jaws, mowing lawns, preparing dinner, cooking dinner, making lunches, packing backs, driving kids to activities, school drop off /pick up, emptying bags, putting things away and don’t forget that we also go to work.
Trying to fit a ‘quick workout’ around all that is quite hard.
I had a gym membership for about a year and I went 3 times a week after work. It was actually quite hard because I would be at the gym, thinking about what I am cooking for dinner, whether someone might bring the washing off the line for me AND fold it or how the rest of the afternoon is going to fit in to the remaining few hours of the day.
Needless to say…….I don’t go to the gym anymore.
Part of the problem was fitting it in to the times the gym was open. Small town syndrome – our gym isn’t open after 7 pm (weird). Also the fact that there are super models and weight trainers there – well they just put me off and make me feel even more self conscious. I used to feel like everyone was watching or judging me when I know in my head that other folks were there doing exactly what I was doing. I cancelled my membership and thought about how I was going to make this work for me.
At first I thought, it’s not going to work – but quickly turned that negative around to a more positive and achievable – how can I make it work?
Turns out it’s actually doable. I found that I was trying to fit ‘me time’ (as I call it) around everything else so I changed my strategy to fitting everything else around me. Honestly, how often do you get to go off and do something for yourself? Not often I would say. So I sat there and thought about how I could make it work for me.
The best time for me is first thing in the morning when no one else is up. I can sit there and make an arse of myself while no one is looking quite happily. Sometimes, when I am not working I wait until the kids have gone and then I quickly pop a video on and follow it. Its quite refreshing. I then find myself vacuuming away doing lunges, squats when I pick stuff up and if i find something heavy I use it to help with my arm lifts.
My cats look at me as if I’m a nut case. I can take their judgement – they lick their butts. I swear – they look like they are laughing but just you wait and see this fab body turn and chase you & your little mice dangling from your mouth right out the house. See who is laughing then!!
A few tips – I just searched on Instagram for fitness videos. Think about what you want to achieve – legs? Arms? Butt? Everything? I just put in a search for arm workouts or ab workouts . Click that little save button at the bottom of the picture and voila!! You have the start of a fitness routine to do whenever you want. If you can, find some resistance bands and there are plenty of videos around with some great stretches and exercises.
Well I will leave you to find yourself today. Be safe….