The first time I went to a gym as an adult, I hated it. It took me until I was 23 to get really into fitness. For most of my adult life I have been a little above average in the weight/size department, but I felt awesome when I was working out regularly. I had a flexible schedule, as a bartender at the time so I would work out for about 2 hours every day. Then came a day that I didn't go to the gym, and then two days, which turned into weeks, and months. I would finally get myself back to the gym and get into a good cycle, until I would stop again. This has happened for the last six years approximately.
I tried going to the gym when I was pregnant, and I had some complications that kept me away from it, and then once I was cleared to go, I was so tired I couldn't make myself go, or at least that was my excuse. I started going again after I was cleared by my doctor after the birth of my son. My husbands schedule soon changed and he wasn't able to pick my son up from daycare. On top of that I felt like I was taking extra time away from my son and I was miserable going, so I stopped.
Last Monday, moments after I gave my notice at my job, I called my gym. It has been my fantasy for a long time to be a stay at home mom and go to the gym every day. I feel that it is very important to set healthy examples for my son, and I haven't been. Yes we eat lots of great food every day, and he gets to be physical very often, but I don't, and I may sneak a cookie or four after he goes to bed also. I realize that I will be chasing him around 24-7 and his energy level is astounding, I refuse to be a mother that can't keep up. He will never ask me why I'm fat. Period.
So, I called the gym to ask the cost of adding their daycare option to my member ship. They said it would be free since I have been a member for so long. Yep, I have been paying them all this time I haven't been going. Truth be told, I've had two different gym memberships because I decided I needed to join the other gym down the street one day when my gym wasn't open. The cost even for both is minimal, but that's not really the point. I went down to the other gym this week and officially cancelled my membership. Yesterday, I headed to my gym and worked out for the first time in about a year.
It was like I never skipped a beat. I have missed it so much. My body has missed it so much. I was able to get in 45 minutes of cardio, and then once I started in on some weight training Evan came to the glass doors of the daycare room; I was silly enough to make sure he saw me and I waved to him, which brought him to hysterics when I walked away. Woops. Lesson learned. He did well in there though and hopefully he enjoys some time socializing with the other kids while I'm out on the floor, in my mind it is mutually beneficial.
I am so glad to be back there and for the amazing opportunity to have the time for focus on my family's health more than ever.
Are you struggling to get back into shape, or for the motivation to get started?
Do you have any tips for families to stay active together?