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Making Fitness a Priority


Tuesday, April 07, 2009

I laughed this morning when this was the weekly Spark Blog entry. I go in spurts with exercise. For months at a time I'll exercise nearly every day, then all of a sudden, something goes awry and I miss a day ... then two and three until I've completely fallen off the fitness wagon.

Lately I've been trying so hard to get back up on that fitness wagon. Life is so full. I thought once the kids were grown that I'd have more time. That statement couldn't be any more untrue!

I was just about to change my working hours so I could exercise in the morning before coming to work when my youngest son decided he didn't want to live with his dad anymore. I'm happy to have him home again, but that means going back to'mom' mode. Making sure his homework is done, teacher conferences, pushing him to get ready for college next year, etc. My college age daugther has called many a time when I was about to work out needing my help. Her car won't start, she doesn't feel well, she had a bad day, etc. Then there's the oldest, married daughter who just moved back to town. She and her hubby had a hard time finding work, but they finally each have a job, albeit not what they hoped for. In the meantime, it hasn't been unusual for them to stop by looking for dinner.

So you see, life happens. Last night I pulled out my WII Fit for the first time in over a month. It felt good to be active. Dinner was never made though. Is that so bad? I think not. It's give and take and I believe I'm on the end of deserving to 'take' a little sometimes. I don't think anyone will starve if I decide to 'WII' instead of fixing a meal. Besides, I'm not the only one around there that knows how to cook.
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POLSKARENIA 6/20/2009 5:37PM

    Hey Linda!
I see we have a lot in common - I used the WiiFit for the 1st time in months last week. ... this has to change.
You've inspired me to do something - we can both do this, and allow ourselves 'me-time'

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1SUNSHINEGIRL 4/9/2009 4:59PM

    Linda, you DESERVE some me time...and no...they won't starve...they may even appreciate you more because of it. Continue to take care of you my friend!!!!!!

Comment edited on: 4/9/2009 5:01:12 PM

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HICKOK-HALEY 4/8/2009 9:51AM

    Hey, when your kids come over for dinner, then them...sure,,,you make it while I get out my Wii lol. I don't have a Wii yet, but it sure sounds like fun!
Jeanne


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HOCKIMAMA 4/7/2009 3:42PM

    I enjoyed reading this blog, Linda! I'm glad you took the Wii time as "me" time and didn't feel bad about it! You always need to remember that you're worth it, as we all are!

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COMPUTERLADY 4/7/2009 2:53PM

    I agree. No one will starve if you don't cook. They probably can all cook just choose not to.

I, too had found that if I miss a day or two it becomes three, then four, then I don't know how long. That was until now when I was forced to exercise a certain amount of minutes for both this group and FirstSteps. I found that I enjoy the exercise and am not as concerned about how many minutes I have left. I think it is a mindset that we need to get into in order to have success. I really felt bad when I didn't exercise while Tiffany was home. I missed my quiet time walking on treadmill or riding stationary bike while watching TV. I couldn't wait to get back on the track of exercise. This is a new mindset for me. Now I am concerned about going to visit my daughter in Missouri where there is no exercise equipment. I guess I will have to take my cassette player for my exercise tape and do that at least.

Sounds like you have been doing the "MOM" job again. It's nice to have your children back home or needing your help (like my ill daughter) but we both need to remember that we need "me" time to do the things we want to do (exercise, walk, take a nap, take a bubble bath, Wii Fit) and not feel guilty about it.

You will do fine. Just remember to have some "me" time to help you unwind. I know I will.

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