Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Gym Lovin'

I just got back from the gym, and man oh man, do I love that place.  Most mornings it takes a lot of motivation to get the boys up , fed, dressed and out the door in time, but once I'm there, I usually don't want to leave.  Before the boys came home, I was working out an average of 5 days a week.  And as soon as those boys came off the plane, poof...nothing.  My mother-in-law would come over every week or two while the boys napped so I could hit the gym for an hour or so, but it's just not the same as a regular routine.

This sporadic gym attendance lasted a whopping four months, which is a long time if you're used to going multiple times a week.  It was our decision to get the boys completely adjusted to life with us before handing them to a stranger at the gym childcare.  Even now, I am happy with our decision, but it didn't make it any easier on the days I really wanted to work out.

And I know, I could have worked out at home.  But to be honest, I'm just not that motivated.  I can't prioritize doing crunches on my floor over laundry or dishes or sweeping.  I'm a gym girl (I guess I'm spoiled).  I need to get away from my house, where my only option is working out.  I think it helps me work out longer and harder.  Plus, seeing all those people there sweating their butts off, only motivates me more.

As a new mom, I have found that the time I spend at the gym is precious.  It's me time.  It's time I spend so I can feel good about myself.  If I don't work out for a while, I get just blah.  And I think the time I spend with my boys suffers.  I'm less energetic; less motivated to get on the floor with them.  For me, working out makes me a happier person overall.  Ask my husband.  According to him, I come back all smiles.

Yes, yes I would classify myself as addicted, but not in a bad way.  I am not addicted to being a certain weight, or lifting a certain amount, or going a certain number of times a week (although, I like the way I look/feel more when I'm working out).  I'm addicted to the energy it gives me, and the boost it gives my day.

I know every woman is different.  Every woman has something she likes to do for herself.  This is just my thing.  And I didn't always used to feel this way.  Actually, I had never stepped foot in a gym before I started dating Eric.  But now, I spend more time there than he does.   My goal is to get back to where I was before the boys came home.  Right now I'm going about 3 times a week.  But we'll see.  I'm not going to worry about it.  I'm thankful that I get to go 3 days a week.  And now with summer here, I'm hoping for lots and lots of walks with the boys.

Do you have something you like to do for yourself?  Work out, scrapbook, sew?

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