…But, But, But I was told I could go to the gym.

Two weeks ago was dubbed Winter 2.0 because the kids only went to school for one day and we had enough snow to be stuck in the house and make a snowman outside. Surprisingly, the kids made it to school all last week with no delays! Tuesday morning was the first morning I had to get up early to take them to school at the regular time. Since the weather had calmed down, it wasn’t too bad. However, it’s looking like this week will be even worse; 2-4 inches by Wednesday. Sigh.

I wanna say this is our first bad winter. Last winter was just loong. We skipped over Spring and went straight into summer. The year before that we got some snow, but it was just pretty, not debilitating. This year has been our first taste of what it would be like to live farther north and I can definitely say, “no, thank you” to that! I was in need of tires on the van, so when the roads got covered in snow I was slip sliding all over the place. I got new tires as soon as I could make it out of our driveway and things were much better.

After a week of being stuck in the house with four kids I was ready for a break. I went to Asheville that Sunday and finally found some workout shoes! I have shoes, but they’re old and more for running, which I don’t do. I walk, spin, elliptical, lift, but I do not run. Not yet, anyway. Most shoes I found were for running, but I did find some interesting Sketchers called Go Walk 2. I love them! They are lightweight and flexible and very comfortable. I was able to get them at a discount shoe store for cheap too. :o)

I’ve been sick this past week, so even though I was free to leave the house I couldn’t go to the gym. I think that’s the hard part of going to the gym; keeping up your momentum. If you take a break, it’s hard to get back into it. With this snow I don’t know if I’ll make it again this week, although I enjoy it and would like to return. Darn you groundhog! Maybe we’ll do some yoga while we are stuck in the house or perhaps I’ll go sledding with the kiddos. At this point I’m just rolling with it.

One Week Working Out

It’s been about a week of working out. I’ve done Spinning and Tabata and enjoyed both. I took the weekend off (so sore!), but really missed it! So far this week I’ve tried Zumba (eww, no) and Tai Chi. I took another Spinning class solidifying my love for it and met with my personal trainer for orientation.

I so enjoy the classes that I kinda didn’t want to meet with the trainer who I know would just show me exercises with weights. I’m not really into lifting weights, so I went just to pick his brain about what I should be doing as far as classes go. He told me that the classes were mostly cardio and to gain strength I would have to use weights. He showed me a few exercises that I actually enjoyed and a place to work out other than the weight room. I don’t know about you, but I feel like unless you’re ripped and showing off, the weight room is intimidating. I started out with 5 lb weights… (Weakling I tell ya!) Surprisingly, I actually enjoyed working out with Mark, the trainer, and liked what he showed me. I may get with him in a month or two and see what else he’s got. For now, a couple classes and a couple days of uppers and lowers working out and I’ll be happy.

So far I still enjoy going to the gym. Lorelei loves going and Henry is getting used to it. It helps that the main girl is there everyday. She has a helper that rotates, but she’s always there and is very nice and friendly. I’m seeing some progress. I feel stronger and not as “foggy”, more alert and less fatigued. My body is beginning to take shape instead of staying a lump of squish. He did inform me that my belly would probably always pooch, much like a person who loses 100 pounds and has skin hanging from their arms (lovely!). I have lost a few pounds and can finally wear my wedding rings again. I always have to take them off the last month or two of pregnancy and sooner or later lose enough to put them back on. I think Spinning has been key to losing weight because my diet has not changed. I also got a couple of work out clothes from Target. They are having a big sale. I got a bra and a t-shirt with the whole Duo-Dry wicking going on. I like them both and I’m sure I will slowly add to my stash.

target shirt

The gym and kidzone is open on Saturday mornings, so this Saturday Jason and I are gonna have a little gym date while the kiddos play. Maybe even a delicious smoothie. Yum! Tonight I’m going to try the yoga class. It’s in the evening, so that will be sporadic unless I want to drag the kiddos with me (all four) after Jason begins his new job. I love yoga, so I don’t mind throwing it in there every now and then. Tomorrow I’m trying a new class with the phrase “boot camp” in it, so I’ll let you know how that goes…

Yearly Resolutions

I can’t say I get into making new habits for the New Year, but I do feel like it’s a time for making goals. This year is the year that Jason and I pay off his business debt. That’s our number one goal. Considering it has been three years since he closed his business it seems time. (For those of you guaranteeing business debt personally, let this be a lesson to you. The business is closed and Jason still owes money.) Another goal we have is to finish the list we started for the house.

playing together

“Move over kids, it’s time to do some yoga.”

A personal goal I have is to get in shape. Henry is almost seven months old and although I keep a lot of weight on while nursing, it’s time to start exercising. I do some stuff at home, but only sporadically. It’s hard to keep yourself accountable at home especially when taking care of littles. I went and watched Noah do sparring at karate last week and it looked like fun. I toyed with the idea of doing karate too last Summer when Noah began, but I took Physics instead. I enjoy learning new things, so I thought I would give it a try. I went Monday and Tuesday night to the adult karate class and it kicked my butt.

I was really nervous. For one, I’m definitely out of shape. Yoga I can do, but this is like push-ups and kicks and stuff. You are also barefoot during class, which feels very vulnerable to me. I showed up and began doing what these other guys (besides the one other newbie) have been doing for months or years and I didn’t even recognize myself. (Of course you are standing in front of a mirror the whole time…) I’m heavier than I have ever been, weak and a bit uncoordinated. Being a mom doesn’t call for a lot of gracefulness unless you count avoiding projectile spit up or the mopping waltz. After the warm-up we began to learn what they call the curriculum. We started with Short Form 1. It is a series of moves showing four different blocks. I did pretty good, actually. I went back Tuesday night and did punches and kicks while the rest of the class sparred.

My body is screaming in protest today at walking or stairs, so I’m definitely getting a great workout, but the one drawback is the time. It’s from 6-7p Mon, Tues and Thurs evenings. That’s a crazy time at home and right in the middle of the dinner, bed, bath routine. I’m back at 7p, so in time to put Henry down and jump right back in and help with the kids, but it’s still too much to put on Jason. The other option would be to join our local gym. That’s still on me to actually go, but it’s a little more accountability than just workout videos at home. I took a tour today and will be trying it for the next month. They have a variety of classes and childcare, so as long as the kids are happy, I will be too.

Weather permitting, I’ll be taking my first class tomorrow. Spinning! I kinda want to try all of the classes to see what will work for me. After going to the testosterone-filled karate classes and showing them my feet, I can try anything.

I love reading what one word you hope will describe this year, so if you’re into that, mine is discipline. What’s yours?