I’ve been focussing on how much I weigh and how cakey my muffin top looks. I think a better approach is to measure how fit I am and how far I can run. My mood is also a good indicator. If I feel lethargic and grumpy, I know that my mind is out of shape, as well as my body. I need to remind myself that fitness is achievable for Mums and getting out of breath climbing the stairs is not acceptable at 34. Before I know it I’ll be another year older and a few pounds heavier. So, I have to quit moaning and stop making excuses. A touch of tiredness can be overcome with a brisk walk and I need to prioritise. It doesn’t matter if the toys aren’t put away, they’ll only get them out again tomorrow.
My action plan for this week looks a bit like this and I think most mothers can achieve this, even with mad toddlers and a full time job to contend with.
Up at 6am – Lunges, squats, press ups and burpees
Evening 7.30pm - Exercise DVD once the children are in bed and husband is swim training.
Up at 6am – Lunges, crunches, plank, squats.
Lunchtime - 12pm – brisk 3km walk with a colleague.
Evening 7.30pm – Gym – 3 machine circuit to include interval training on the bike, the treadmill and the cross trainer, for 45 minutes.
Up at 6am – Lunges, squats, press ups.
Lunchtime – 12pm – Run with colleague, approx. 3 km.
Take the boys for a long walk.
Evening 7.30pm – Pilates or other fitness DVD.
Run – time tbc.
Run – time tbc.
Posting this in Body in Bloom affords a certain level of obligation to carry it through. I will post updates every day and, without boring the socks off you lovely people, will post changes in my vital statistics. Maybe it will motivate someone else to aim for fitness, not just a slimmer bod.
Watch this space.
‘Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.’