This is often the case.
So we started this.
Which more times than not… still winds up like this.
Anyone find working out difficult with kids? Uh yeah. Obviously. You can read about my “working out” and “yoga”
journey sad attempt in this and this old post. Well, depending on the week, I’m (sometimes) still happy to say I’m still doing it! I’m working out! But some weeks that would be the most laughable statement ever. I think assumptions are always stupid, but I think it’s pretty obvious that you can look at me and know I’m not the most athletically inclined person. Right? Yeah. You know, it’s not that I’m a lazy lump, cause I’m definitely not, I like to move through out the day, as often as possible (most days anyway). Sitting and doing nothing is booooooring (for me, maybe not you. I’m just not good at the relaxing thing. This is not a brag, probably the opposite).
People tell you, that once you start, its addicting. You fall into this routine that you won’t want to break out of….. well about one (or two) year(s) of on and off working out later, I’m still waiting for that normal body-wanting routine to kick in.
I’ve noticed I go in and out of full weeks that I’m really good at keeping up with everything, I’ve got a good routine, one workout video (cringe), then a break, then another, and I keep going. Then there’s weeks where I’m like “oh shit, way to do nothing, drea.” I like the workout weeks better, obviously. I feel good about it, I sleep better, I’m incredibly sore… but that good sore, you know? I’m all those good things the workout and body-experts tell you you’ll be, if you work out.
A few of the yoga people I talk to… okay, well theres only one… so the one yoga person I regularly talk to, keeps nudging me to go to a studio. I dream of this— clearing your head, no worries of whats going on in your home or not, no kid climbing on top of you. Perfect. Did I mention I did yoga on a rooftop in Mexico? The yoga community in Tulum is HUGE– it’s like the thing. Well, our airbnb host, Fanny, also happens to be a yoga instructor. If you ever happen to be in Tulum, and want to try this yoga thing with someone or have your own private session, I recommend you look her up. (this is her site). One, yoga on a rooftop is amazing. Especially when its a private session and you look to your left and all you see is sky and ocean of blue and look to your right and see a jungle of green. Two, she helped me figure out what poses I’ve been doing correctly, incorrectly, or ones I’m just needing to move just a smidgen of a hair for. Her, like my one yoga friend, also nudged and encouraged for me to try to get out to a studio. I’ll be honest, I don’t think me regularly being part of a yoga studio or a gym is in my future anytime soon. Other than our trip to Tulum, we usually keep it pretty tight on money. I can justify spending a bit of extra money from time to time on specialty food and produce, or we have the occasional date night once or twice a month, or of course for fun events for Marlowe and I to do or for the three of us to do as a family, but I don’t see myself taking away from the money we have for a gym or studio. Have you looked into studio prices lately? I have. Around here: expensive.
Anyway, so I’ve been trying to fall into a routine or some sort at home. It’s not super easy with a kid. Well, lets be honest, even without a kid it’s not super easy. It takes A LOT of motivation. And then with a kid, lets say you get that motivation, it takes time. And unless I’m plopping M down in front of a movie (I have done this), it’s not happening when she’s awake. One thing that has helped, is getting her her own mat (it’s from Uncommongoods Kids— and on sale now, I might mention). I thought it would be nice to be able to put her video on and put my video on side by side and do it together. I usually end up with a 30 pound weight on top of me— which is no help at all (well, it could be depending on how you look at it). But it has helped in a way, because I can put it on for her to do alone— or at least start with her and continue my routine later, and get more things done that I wouldn’t be able to do. It allows me to worry less when she’s napping or sleeping, giving me that time to do my own video. (I’m mostly done with a very long post and still cringing every time I say I do a workout video). She LOVES doing her yoga. At first she would sit, hesitantly, not wanting to try any of the moves (except for down dog), but once she warmed up to it, she loves it. She’ll pull out her mat, lay it flat, and do a pose or two and then ask for her video. It’s pretty freaking adorable.
As for me, I’m not as adorable…. and I need to find a bit more motivation. Mornings are impossible. Alex and I’s only time together is between the hours of 11 pm and 1 am. So rising before everyone else is mostly out of the question. Zombie yoga? Nap times are hard, because its when I clean, blog, email, or get ready for dinner. After bedtime, It’s usually a waiting game for 40 minutes or so until I know she’s asleep and won’t interrupt me. She’s usually asleep by 9:15, then I have another hour and a half or two until I can expect Alex.It’s also my time where I shower, clean, and blog. And once he’s home, forget about it. I embarrass myself when I do it, theres no way I would do it in front of other people. Part of me feels like this is a list of excuses (and sometimes the late night thing is), but really, I’m curious to know what routines other moms make for themselves to accomplish work out time? Where do you guys find your motivation? Or did you just keep doing it until that addicting routine magically showed up? (still waiting). Do you work out from home? Or have you found it impossible? I could go on and on with questions, but really the main thing is, how do you do it? and do you have tips?
I’ve mentioned most of these links before, but a fair amount of people have asked for what I’ve liked best, and while my list of things (videos) I’ve tried isn’t terribly long, here’s what I’ve mostly liked:
This is my go to:
It’s not real yoga. Sometimes it reminds me more of something I should be doing in a leotard and leggings, but it gets the job done. It’s a blend of work out video, yoga, and pilates. 1. it’s incredibly cheap (if you buy the amazon video version). 2. it’s not very difficult. It gives you easy ideas of how to adjust to make it easier if you’d like (lately I haven’t been doing the crunches). 3. It still feels like a decent work out. On the weeks I haven’t been working out often, I do wake up good sore from it. I’m tempted to purchase the disc set, to keep an easy, but useful case of options around.
This is how I challenge myself:
On the weeks I’ve been working harder and feeling good, I do this. It’s a huge program. 11 disks or something….. and I’ve never fully made it through one of them. Almost one (the cardio one) but then I realized after I skipped about 8 minutes of it. This would be best for someone who has a lot of arm strength— I can’t keep up with the vinyasa’s. If you’re wanting to get super serious about yoga, I do recommend this and maybe just cutting the routines shorter. I’m getting closer and closer being able to keep up with the program. Looking at the girls in the video is pretty good motivation to keep going— holy hot athletic bod, ladies.
I’ve tried this:
I liked it, but found it a bit slow. Good for someone wanting to try real yoga (not a pilate work out blend), but isn’t ready for a whole difficult strength training program. I gave it to my mom, I’ll probably take it back when I go up in September, she’s not using it anyway.
This is ridiculous:
Yoga for Regular Guys: The Best Damn Workout on the Planet! Have you heard of Diamond Dallas Page? I hadn’t. (It’s a wrestler) It’s his work out program. I don’t do the routines, I found them a bit silly, but I really love the core workout he has. It’s not just a bunch of crunches, its a bunch of different positions to really work out that core. I need to do this more.
Marlowe’s video: silly, but she likes it.
&Marlowe’s mat can be found HERE.
I think my short term plan/goal, is to at least get back to doing the pilates/yoga blend every other day (it’s currently about every 3 days). Once I’ve built up that routine and energy again, to start alternating a few of the other ones I’ve mentioned into there, but like I said, if you have tips—- not to get out to a gym or studio, but to get things done at home while following a kids routine, I’d love to hear them 🙂
ps. That top photo, it’s an old one, it can’t be more than 6 months ago…. look how much she’s grown!