It’s the first Saturday in October, buddies! And that means we’ll start a new Saturday theme-within-a-theme. It’s called: “Let’s watch Angie’s fat jiggle while she tries to get back into shape.” >>don’t hold me to that name. it’s a working title<<
Since we are talking about Life Hacks for Mediocre Moms this month, you knew we’d have to talk about exercise eventually, right? Unfortunately, we lazy ladies need it. Exercise ought be a non-negotiable part of each day, but it can be very hard to form that habit. (This is coming from a very lazy lady who can go months without a good sweat. I know. I admit it. But I want to do better and that’s why we are here, right?!) Any mommy who desires to be half a degree better than mediocre simply must prioritize her workouts. Exercise of all forms is wonderful for the mind, body, and family.
Life Hack #5) Exercise Yourself!
I’ve decided to take the advice of one of my favorite running buddies named Miryam. She told me to at least run a 5k every day in order to keep my legs moving, even when not training for a race or working on my endurance or speed. I always do what Miryam says. (NOT.) She’s the furthest thing from mediocrity, therefore she’s the boss of me. So here’s how I’ve been doing… I ran on 9/28, 9/29, and 9/30. I was preparing myself so well for a perfect October goal! But in October cute little Angie has had a few problems: Day 1: I had 30 mins set aside to run before I had to get ready to catch my flight to Salt Lake City. 100% commitment to run. But my husband decided to leave for work a half hour late so that we could talk before my trip. I chose him. It was the right thing. Day 2: I had gone to bed extremely late on the night I arrived in Utah. Like, around midnight Mountain Time. (That’s 2:00 a.m. Eastern time!) But with my 100% commitment to running a 5k everyday in October I was up and running alongside the mountain at 5:15 a.m. Without a map/GPS plan I thought I would simply run 15 minutes out, then 15 minutes back. That ought to cover a 5k, right? At my 15 minutes my inner ears were hurting terribly. It was just a bit cold that morning and my ears weren’t happy about it. Does that ever happen to you? Pain in your inner ear when you run with them un-covered? I had to walk back the distance. But gosh it was beautiful. And the pain subsided just as I got back to the house. Day 2 = Success. 5k (technically) accomplished. Day 3: Having gone to bed extremely late the night before (again), I slept in a bit too late on day 3. So I only had 15 minutes to work out. I was 100% committed to working out before rushing out the door to my conference. I did an ab workout off YouTube. Ouch. I think my head is too heavy for my body, because when I do crunches my neck muscles are much more sore than my abs for DAYS afterward! Day 3 = Sucess-ish (because at least I worked out in the time I had available, instead of saying “i don’t have time to run a 5k. I won’t do anything at all.) Day 4: Having gone to bed extremely late the night before (what the crap is my problem?) I felt like death when I woke up. I decided I would have to run later that night. But, alas, later on I arrived home extremely late. Honestly. Day 4 = Total Failure Day 5: Boom. Ran a 5k on the treadmill just as I woke up. It was slow. Really slow! The altitude out here is killing me. But I did it! Day 5 = success. I know I’m running slowly. It’s okay. I’m re-beginning. We’ll see how fast I can get by the end of the month. Maybe fast enough to run with Miryam again? ;-) Summary so far: I’m trying to meet my goals in a different environment. On a trip. At the mercy of others to transport me home each night. I feel good about my efforts and am giving myself grace on the days where things don’t work out. I think that on Sundays I will try to walk a 5k with somebody I love. A different kind of exercise on the day of rest. Maybe tomorrow I’ll walk with this guy:
That’s my grandpa. Grandma is sitting across the room from us hand-sewing a baby blessing dress. I’m happy.
This has been Life Hack #5: Exercise Yourself
P.S. I fear this post has many errors/typos, but I’m headed to dinner with Grandpa and Grandma. I like them more than I like perfect posts. Check you guys tomorrow!