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Exercise travails with a baby

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

So I'm not doing a ton of exercise.

I am trying for a 30 minute brisk walk every work evening (M-Th) and at least one day on the weekend and doing a few minute strength workout from the Gorilla app every day.

Monday evening, when the bigger boys finally fell asleep, the baby just kept fussing. I gave up on getting him to sleep, bundled him up and tied him on my back for my walk. Yes, I walked more slowly and could not jog at all (I usually try to run 1 minute increments at least a couple of times during the walk), but then again I was an extra 30 lbs heavier so the workout was probably equivalent.

Yesterday, when I asked DH to walk with me he refused because of the rain. Well, as it was I wasn't going to get a full 30 minutes anyway because I was in the middle of a fast-paced deal that I needed to be responsive on, so I opened a 16 minute cardio video instead. 10 minutes in, the baby started to cry. I hoped he'd fall back asleep. He didn't. I dashed up the stairs to get him and tried to complete the workout with him in my arms. Needless to say, my form was way, way off.

This morning I started doing my alternate heel touches (a form of crunch) when my 2 year old stomped into the room in my good work shoes announcing: "I am a monster! Look at my shoes!" and tried to stomp on my belly. I convinced him to try exercise with me instead, and went back to it. Then, halfway through my first set of bird dogs, the baby wandered in and crowed with delight to find me on the floor with him. He crouched down in front of me twisting his head upside down to make eye contact with me from below, balancing himself on my shoulder. (Did I mention that my balance isn't great on my own?) I somehow finished that set. On the next set, he first tried to do it too. His attempt involved standing on his hands and toes right in front of me and kicking me in the face. When he got tired of that, he tried to climb onto my back.

During the third set, I heard blood curling screams from the hallway and ran out only to see the 5 and 6 year olds tugging on the same toy -- right at the head of the stairs. I averted that crisis and went back to finish my last set of crunches. My 2 year old, who had been trying to follow along with me, sat up and observed that "Essercising is hard!"

Yes, yes it is.
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JACARD 1/17/2013 9:08AM

  Well, that was a good morning for patience. Other mornings not so much.

I think anyone with kids knows how tough it is. This morning I was doing reverse crunches on the living room floor and the baby ran right into my legs as they were descending. He started to cry. His 6 year old brother scolded me: "Why are you doing that in here? Don't you know baby is allowed to play here? He can get hurt if he's running and he doesn't know your feet are going to come down!"

The backstory is that DH and I as a policy matter do not help save the bigger boys' games from the baby if they set up in the living room as that is "his" play area. If they want to set up an intricate game without interruption, they need to do it in their room, where they can keep him out by closing the door.

I was too tired (and out of breath) to explain the difference.

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CARI2012 1/16/2013 3:09PM

    Man, you must have the patience of a saint! Way to keep your cool. I have to keep reminding myself that in a few years I will miss the days when they were small and loved to "help". Your persistence will pay off!

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SPARKGIRL811 1/16/2013 12:09PM

    I recognize this story! Sounds like mine! Unfortunetly for me DH works late in the evening so it is just me home with the baby...trying to cook dinner, get baths, etc. I get to bed late and try and drag myself out of bed early in the morning (before 5am) to get my exercise in before work....but honestly there are alot of mornings lately I just don't want to get out of bed!

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LISA_SUMNER08 1/16/2013 10:20AM

    I know your struggles all too well! I use to do a stability ball workout and would have the boys run in and jump on me while i'm on the ball! They thought that was fun! UGH!

It's good you are trying to get the kids involved with exercise, though! I had my boys doing Zumba with me last night! (Well, at least they were dancing...a little! haha!) Keep at it! It will get easier!

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MAMISHELI53 1/16/2013 9:51AM

    HAHAHA, yes...While my own kids are all grown, my older daughter lives with me, together with her two kids (my grands!) and 2 boxers. I have a video clip of me trying to strap weights on my ankles...with Boxer interference. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaPw
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But you're doing well, persisting despite obstacles. Good for you! Do what you can, and enjoy the humor of the moment. God bless you as you try to maintain a healthy lifestyle, which you can teach your children!

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