Sounds simple… But after a 10-year workout hiatus to have and, at least in-part, raise my 3 children that’s a HUGE and happiness-invoking deal (for me, anyway)! I used to be in decent shape. I used to work out. I used to run. I used to swim. I once did a triathlon without even training for it. I used to be VERY active — SCUBA diving, beach volleyball, rollerblading and more — and then I had my beautiful kids, LOL. NO, I would not choose another path! I’m JUST SAYIN’, it appears it might be coming around a little bit to my time again. And, I choose to spend it AT THE GYM!!!!!
On Friday morning, I dropped the kids off at school and went straight to Weight Watchers. After the discouraging news the scale delivered, I traveled all around town visiting various gyms to determine the best one for my needs. Settling on a week-long trial membership at South Shore Fitness… because they’re focused on the gym versus the classes… since I won’t have time for classes so there’s no sense paying for them, because they open at 5am every day and that’s the only time I can get there, because they have more machines and less patrons making the availability of the former constant and interruptions from the latter nonexistent, because they’re right down the block and, finally, because the price was right. At $24.95/month — a little more than $5/week or less than $1/work-out — with a little encouragement from the Sarge, I’m more than ready, I’m psyched to step it up and sign on the dotted line… Ready to make my come-back!
So, for the past 2 days I’m eating fruits and veggies, counting points and showing up at the gym at 6AM, AND LOVIN’ IT! This time I’m taking JUST for me, takes nothing away from my family… as they’re ALL still fast asleep while I’m sweatin’ bullets, running the treadmill, pumping iron and crunching those pseudo-nonexistent, 6-years-post-twin-pregnancy abs. And, it gives my whole family (including me) a much happier and healthier (eventually) and more patient Mom to hold things together at home. The only sacrifice is the time I begrudgingly wasted cruising around the internet or Facebook in the wee hours of the morning OR, on some days, work or blogging time. And, I’ll figure out where to fit in those last two pretty important activities as I go.
For now, I am just so bloody happy that I’ve started doing something really good for myself again… and that it doesn’t conflict with doing the right thing or anything for my family. A true WIN:WIN all the way around.