Happiness is an Hour at the Gym

Me... in the day!

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.

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About Maggie

I'm a stay-at-home mother of 3 children including a 15-year-old daughter, the Old Soul, and 11-year-old identical twin boys who've been blessed with an extra 21st chromosome (aka: Down Syndrome). I happily spend my time doing all that I can do -- breaking the proverbial box wide open -- to foster my children's development and then sharing what I learn with you through this blog.
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4 Responses to Happiness is an Hour at the Gym

  1. Colline says:

    My exercise time has also become my ‘me’ time: time to take the health and fitness of my body back!

    • Maggie says:

      Yesterday was my 11 year anniversary. Sarge and I briefly contemplated what would be different if we weren’t married and/or didn’t have children… probably to prove to ourselves that we are living the life we want to be living. I determined quickly that I would have been at the gym yesterday morning, working out. So, truly, my gym time is my me time by choice. It’s what I’d be doing with my time in any case. The body thing… yeah, time to take it back or get it back… whatever it takes. I’ve got a gaggle of kids that might need, and hopefully want, me around for awhile. And I’d like to be here for them and for me!

  2. maggie says:

    good for you! once this new baby comes and we’re in a routine, i’m taking back some “me time” as well. could be at the gym or out at the dog park with a starbucks coffee…either way, i am looking forward to it!

    • Maggie says:

      Congratulations on your impending new family member. Once you have kids, any moment we can call our own — even if we share it with someone like the dog — is treasured, isn’t it?

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