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The challenges of returning to work and staying fit

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

After 2+ years of maternity leave, I have returned to work. I unfortunately did not reach my goal weight by the time I went back to work after my 3rd baby as I had after 1 and 2, but I am still hoping to get there. If I thought running with a stroller was tough on maternity leave, getting in excessive while working and commuting is near impossible. Basically I have to give up time with my kids after work to go run or after they sleep or before they get up. So now my solution seems to be a 5am wake up to go run while everyone else sleeps. I have done this once. (Once since yesterday when I implemented this crazy morning run). Today the alarm went off and it was a fail. Today is another chance, it is just really cold, really dark and really early!! To make up for my morning lack of motivation, I just did Day 3 and 4 of the 28 day bootcamp videos so that I have at least something. I need to build up my supplies so that on days like this I can at least take a 20-30 min jog during lunch. I will work it out because I need to. I have not worked hard to get to where I am just to put on an office butt and hips, which inevitably come from being back at a desk. How do the rest of you get in the exercise? last week I took the stairs vs. sending emails/calling around the building. With 5 floors at my work place, that helps a bit. I also find I am ravenously hungry at work, which was not such an issue at home. All change has its challenges, but it just takes a while to figure it all out.

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