Happy mid-week to us. Can you believe that next week is Thanksgiving?!? Holy smokes.
Also, can you believe that baby Lily only wore her outfit for 1 hour before there was an explosion??
I sure can. It happens almost daily.
Lily’s bum: 1. Lily’s outfit: 0
Well, I taught my early morning BodyPUMP class yesterday…..
and it went SO WELL!
- It felt SO good to be back.
- I freaking love lifting weights.
- I lifted really light weights, but it doesn’t matter, I’m BACK! Finally.
- Lily slept the whole time I was gone, so Jared didn’t have to lift a finger-I am so glad he could sleep!
- I was in my element while teaching, but a few minutes of a drive later had my little angel back in my arms. It all felt SO right.
- I had worked out, showered, and eaten all by 7 a.m…..and then fed Lily. Holy smokes I felt like superwoman! And then I went back to bed with Lily.
Sacrifice to Make Fitness a Priority
Of course going back to teaching fitness classes is not going to be all fun & games, and it hasn’t been as I’ve prepared to go back either.
Jared has to sacrifice his sleep. Jared also will watch her during the 2 evenings I teach at night. And I had to find people I trust to watch her while I teach my morning classes at the gym.
Until she is 6 months old, it is quite a sacrifice to teach & be at the gym because I can’t take her with me to the kid’s center yet. (Not that I’d want to–all those germs?? Yikes. But still, it would be easier!)
But guess what? Teaching fitness is VITAL to my sanity. It’s simply a part of who I am, and so I have to make a bit of some sacrifice to make it work.
To be totally straight up with you:
I don’t like the fact that I’ll have to drive a bit more to take her to my friends’ houses for them to watch her while I teach. I don’t like the fact that I’ll be away from her. I don’t like the fact that I can’t control if she spits up, poops through her outfit, or cries while I am taking her to said friends’ and that might make the whole experience more stressful. I don’t like the fact that I can’t be with her 24/7 anymore. And I don’t like the fact that I have to leave the house now. 😉
I love the fact that I will be getting my MENTAL break for an hour or so. That I get to hang out with my gym friends. That I get to use my talents to help others get fitter. That I get to work my body physically, experience the euphoria of endorphins, and feel powerful & strong. And that I get to train my body again to be as fit as it can be so I can be the best mom to Lily.
So yes, it is a HUGE sacrifice to be away from my baby girl for a few hours each week, but to me it will be worth it because fitness is a major part of who I am.
Being a mom does NOT mean I simply give up everything I love. Maybe it does to some other people, but for me, when I have that few hours each week, I know I’ll be an even more devoted & doting mother the other hours I am with my little baby Lily. <3
Gotta sacrifice to make fitness a priority–especially and most importantly, when things get a bit crazier.
Have a WONDERFUL day, my friends!
What sacrifice have YOU been making lately for YOUR fitness??! What are some priorities YOU always make time for??! Mamas: how do YOU fit in exercise into YOUR day??!