My fitness journey began in 1995, when I was 18 years old. I came home from my freshman year of college with an extra 15 pounds and knew I needed to do something about it.
These were the low-fat days LONG before Whole30 so I cleaned up my diet as best as I could per the times (and yes, that included a lot of diet soda – ugh!) and began a regular exercise routine.
I started with power walking, which eventually turned into jogging and then, running. And then eventually yoga, barre, strength training, and so much more!
Fast forward 24 years, 10 marathons, 24 half marathons, a million yoga and barre classes, one stint as a personal trainer and one child later, and here I am at 42 years old! While I no longer run marathons or take regular 90-minute hot yoga classes (I wish I had that kind of time!), movement and almost daily exercise remain a foundation of my life.
To me, moving my body is one of my top four priorities, along with caring for my daughter, prepping healthy food, and focusing on my job. Although I am a busy, working mom with a long commute, I make time to move. It’s not always easy – and sometimes means I work out when I’m not in the mood – but I get it done.
How do I do it? I belong to a gym that’s across the street from my office, which is expensive but worth it for me. At the start of each week, I look at my schedule and plug in workouts like appointments on my calendar. We all know that life happens so sometimes things don’t go as planned but I try to stick with it as closely as possible.
The other key to my success as a regular exerciser is that I get up VERY early. Like 4:30/5 am early – Sometimes I use these hours to move via a DVD at home. Other times I use the early morning to get work and blog stuff done so I have time to get my workout in later in the day. I make every moment count!
Here’s a look back at my movement from last week and a little bit about how I made it happen. On the days I go into work, I walk about 3 miles in my commute and take the stairs up and down to my desk on the 8th floor. If there’s a way to move my body, I will always take it!
Sunday: My daughter was with her dad but nonetheless, I was up at 5 am to meal prep and then worked on decluttering and reorganizing my house from 7-10 am. Before I picked her up, I went to a “Define and Align,” a combo heated yoga and barre class at my local barre studio. Workout done, and then I was back in mom mode!
Monday: We were whacked with a snow storm Sunday night so I didn’t get into work on Monday and missed my usual Body Pump class at the gym. I had all intentions of getting in at-home yoga workout but between getting my work done, caring for my daughter, shoveling, and taking her out sledding with some neighbors, I was spent. I decided that the time I spent out in the snow was my movement for the day and I collapsed into bed at 7:30 pm.
Tuesday: Back to the office today! I went to a lunchtime “Press” class with a colleague. It’s a 45-minute class that builds strength and utilizes a variety of equipment to sculpt all major muscle groups. There’s nothing like feeling strong in the middle of the work day! After the workout, it’s back up the 8 flights of stairs to my desk, where I eat my lunch.
Wednesday: Although I stayed up late on Tuesday night catching up on “The Bachelor,” I got myself to a 6 am barre class at my local studio. It was hard – and just what I needed and wanted to start my day!
Thursday: I was SUPER cranky at work today – so much so, that I almost talked myself out of moving. My colleagues (who know me well!) gave me a little pep talk and I rallied for the gym. I was too late for the Tabata class I was going to take so I did some old school cardio instead – 3.1 miles total, 2.6 miles of running on the treadmill and 0.5 miles on the elliptical. Done and done!
Friday: I exhale a little each Friday because I work from home and I save so much time without my commute. Today, I hit up an express lunchtime barre class at my local barre studio! Onward to the weekend…
Saturday: Saturday was busy for us with Hebrew School for my daughter, chores, errands, and a playdate. I knew that if I didn’t get it in early, my movement wouldn’t get done. I got up and got in a 30-minute Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown workout before my daughter woke up. I’ve had this DVD for five years and I love it. It has two workouts on it and I alternate between them. I get a good sweat and stretch every time and I feel good for the rest of the day when my movement is done!
Sunday: I had all intentions of making a 5:15 pm Community Hot Barre class at my studio (a class with a new instructor that only costs $5 cash!) But, the schedule changed with my daughter and she didn’t go to dinner with her dad as planned.
I did not get up super early for my workout because we turned the clocks ahead (so my usual 5 am would feel like 4 am to me!) and I was up twice in the night with my daughter. It’s also snowing so there will be shoveling in my future today. Tired mama over here!
Mid-morning I decided to get it done and I set my daughter up with a show while I did a workout from Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred DVD. Not my first choice today but I got my movement in and honored my commitment to myself.
How will you move this week? Do you schedule it on your calendar? How do you keep yourself accountable?