A common theme I’ve seen amongst mama’s as we strive to get back to our pre-baby bodies is motivation or lack thereof.
I get it. Trust me, I get it.
But the problem as mama’s is that it’s easy to make excuses.
I’m tired. Nay, exhausted. I only slept for x hours or baby was up x number of times.
I have too much to do around the house.
It’s too hot.
Here’s the thing, as women who are looking to get fit, it starts with setting goals. Duh. My goal is the Baltimore Half/Army 10. I have four more races on the docket for the rest of the fall and so while I’m not looking to finish with a PR for either the Half or the 10 miler, I do want to run a race I feel proud of and know that I trained my best and am comfortable with where I am.
When we make excuses the only person we’re doing a disservice to do is ourselves. I’ve been using the sleep excuse as a crutch for who knows how long. And the past couple of weeks my training has really suffered. Thankfully I have been keeping up with stroller strides, and we did a fun little 5k as a family and now that the weather has cooled down, I don’t really need to wake up at stupid o’clock after being woken up 2-3 times in the night so I can get my 3 days of running in.
But really, whether you run at 5am or 8pm, just take the thirty minutes. Tell the husband that baby is down for a nap and you’re going out. Go after bedtime. Hell, let the husband deal with bedtime. Whether you walk, run, skip, jump or fly – just move. Not only will your muscles feel better for being pushed – even just a little bit – but you’ll feel better for taking the time to clear your head and get a peace of mind to working out by yourself for 30 minutes.
Making excuses is just going to restart the cycle of “I feel awful about myself” and then making up excuses…none of my workout clothes fit…I’m too tired…I don’t have the time…and the cycle repeats itself. So stop the cycle and get out – better yet if you can’t find 30 minutes for you? Take the baby out and go for a walk. Even when I haven’t ran, I’ve been pretty good about getting out and walking anywhere from 3.5-6 miles at least 2-3 times per week and after those walks, everyone is happier.
This week’s workouts
I found that a large reason my training has suffered over the past few weeks is that I stopped my weekly workout updates. Traveling. Whatever. It screwed up my groove. These little updates keep me accountable after all, no one wants to post a big fat “I sucked last week” so I’m going to get back to posting.
stroller strides (now Monday evenings at the Naval Academy Stadium! Come get your butt kicked by Erin with me!)
Tuesday – stroller strides
Wednesday – Free intro session @ Crossfit Old Bay (am gunning for Adam’s intro time of 7 something. Will blog about it later 😉 )
Thursday – Traveling to South Carolina
Friday or Saturday – Would love to fit in a 5-10 mile run but we’ll see.
Sunday – rest up!
How do you get out of the cycle of making up excuses? What do you do to get back on the wagon after you’ve stopped working out for a couple days/weeks?