I canâ€™t believe I have been a momma for a month now! Crazy right? I am loving every minute of it! True, it has not been easy to get in everything that I normally did in a day, but RJ is such a good baby and is just doing her thing. I am more than ever putting things aside to be with her.
I thought I would share some thoughts on what my â€œfitness lifeâ€ has been like now that I am a mom.
I was able to get back at it really early because I didnâ€™t have to let my body recover from child-birth, but I still had a newborn in the house. Also having Hubby home on paternity leave has been a huge blessing. After a couple of weeks into motherhood, my MIL came in to help us for two weeks as well. Needless to say, it hasnâ€™t been too difficult to get in my training rides, runs and GPP workouts.
I have a little over two weeks until my Iron GirlÂ Vegas Olympic Triathlon and one week until my Temecula Half Marathon and then no more races until January. I needed these races to keep me motivated to run and ride, but honestly I just canâ€™t get in the pool!
I know if I only get in the pool one more time before my Tri that I will be fine because I am not trying to win it! My mindset is so much different these days about getting my workouts in. I canâ€™t wait to do these workouts because it really does help refresh my soul, but now I am rushing home so I can be with my baby girl!
After my races are over, I want to continue to get out and move each day. Not just for meâ€¦ but so that I can be fit, healthy and well enough to be the best Mom and Wife that I can be. That is my Number One Priority.
So letâ€™s talk about reality when the Hubs goes back to work! I am honestly a little scared. I know that everything will be fine, but it will be a huge adjustment.
Fitness was and is a huge priority for me and I knew that as soon as I became a mom that I would have to shift my priorities a lot! I am also training clients five times a week and still keeping my personal training business running. Thank goodness that most of my clients are early mornings and late afternoons so that RJ and I have our time to ourselves during the day.
So where does that leave room for me to get a workout in? How will I balance it all?!
So I decided for me the best thing to do is to get some kind of weekly schedule down for workouts, even if itâ€™s a walk daily with RJ.Â Now this schedule has all kinds of flexibility and will not always (really probably never) pan out the way I plan it. However, I am such the planner type personality that it will ease some of my anxiety in keeping my priorities in line.
PLAN AND TIPS:
Workout Buddy: I have found that a workout buddy that can do super early mornings with me or later in the afternoons! This will help keep me motivated!
Keep It Simple: After my races are over, I am sticking to doing GPP five times a week because those workouts are short and sweet but still giving me the best workout! I may go running or cycling here and there though.
Keep It Fun: If I canâ€™t get in my planned workout then I will make it a habit to walk RJ daily alone or with a friend. Just need to get out!
Set A Goal: Even though I wonâ€™t be running a race after this month or planning on doing any big races until Boston, I will still set a goal to do workouts throughout the week. I think goal setting is a BIG part of success and if I have a goal for the week written down, even when life gets crazy, I can look at my plan and stay focused.
It Takes A Village: Making time for the Hubby and I to get out and bike ride together is something that we used to love to do and plan on still doing. Obviously not as much until RJ can sit in a bike trailer, but we have some pretty amazing friends and family that canâ€™t wait to watch her and help us out when we need it. So we plan on getting in at least one bike ride a month together and letting a friends/family watch her for a couple hours.
Who Cares: Letting go of my expectations is huge in this season of my life. Putting myself third to my husband and daughter is something that I will be challenged with. Fitness is great and it will help me to be a good wife and mother, but I am letting go of some of the expectations I once had in my â€œfitness lifeâ€. My time is WAY more important now and I donâ€™t want to let working out steal any of it. I want the workout to serve me well in the 30 minutes that I set aside (pushing myself) and then soak up life to the fullest the other 17.5 hours that I am up.
What are some of your biggest obstacles trying to balance fitness and your life?
Are they obstacles or excuses?