Child Care/Workout Guilt

Friday, February 19, 2010

Hmm, I had a goal of making it to 2 water workouts this week. Does it count as two if I went to the gym on one occasion but stayed for two classes?

I took DD to the gym with me last night and put her in the child care room while I did my classes. It was the first time I'd used that service at the gym. I felt somewhat guilty, picking her up from being at day care all day, then driving across town to the gym and putting her in the child care room there for 2 hours. Oh, not to mention stopping at McDs on the way for a happy meal so I could feed her dinner. Of course, SHE didn't mind the McDs. I knew the only way I would get a structured workout is if I did this. DH was working late, and I wouldn't have made it to do anything if I hadn't done this. DD is very clingy when it comes to dropping her off at day care. She'll start to throw a fit as DH or I leave, but once we are out of sight, she's usually fine. But I kept my eye on the window to the hallway, half expecting them to be knocking and calling me back to get her. When I was done and picked her up, I asked if she'd had fun, and she told me yes. I guess she attached herself to a 10 year old that was there, playing with her and sitting in her lap pretty constantly. I think it reminded her of cousin Erin.

So, it was good for me that I made an effort to workout, but was it right to have her in child care so much? Or how ironic that I fed her a happy meal while I was on my way to do a healthy activity?

Being a working Mom, I'm finding it hard to find time for myself outside of work. It seems like I come home, get dinner going, get everyone fed, then it's time for DD to have a bath and get ready for bed. So, if I go work out right after work, DH has made something goofy to feed DD. Or if I go right after dinner, I miss out on time with DD. And I've had such a hard time with self-motivation when it comes to popping in a tape or jumping on my elliptical machine. I've been getting a better workout if I leave the house to do it. What to do? I know that taking care of myself now and building a self-care routine will be better for not only me, but DD as well, in the long run. But am I taking too much away from her in the short run?
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    I used to feel the same way as you. I hated picking my son up from one daycare only to take him to the gym to drop him off at another. But after all, look at what a great lesson you'll be teaching her. It's great to teach your children to take care of themselves. And what better way than by setting the example. So maybe you'll only do an hour next time. That will alleviate some of the guilt. But don't beat yourself up for taking care of yourself, either. A few hours a week is all it boils down to. You're worth the sacrifice. :) And hopefully when she's a little older, you'll be able to exercise alongside her. When the weather warms up and now that the days are longer, perhaps a trip to the park to play kickball or just running around with her still counts as exercise, too. But on gym days, I say go and guilt no more!!
    2955 days ago
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