This summer, I have been fortunate to have been able to put my kids in camp and hit the gym right after work. By 4:30 pm, I had been to work, the gym and picked up my girls. Ready to go home and cook dinner or eat out or whatever no later than 5:30. Well, it's a different ballgame now that school has started. I MUST pick up my girls at 2:30. They are not signed up for after school care and I'm not paying for the Kids Klub at the gym. So enter the Workout Dilemma. How do you find the time to do it? I have set a goal to work out just 3 times a week...this shouldn't be too hard. Let's examine the options and excuses.
Least Likely Plan: Work out in the morning. Buahahahahaha! I could barely type that out with the straight face. As it is, I'm up at 4:30 a.m. Gym opens at 4. I'd get up at 3:45, stumble to the gym, work out for 45 minutes, shower, get ready and head to work. Outside of the snooze button which experience tells me will win this battle every. single. time. I've got the 45 minute workout issue. I don't think I can make the progress I want to in 45 minutes. I need at least an hour. And it wouldn't be my best effort as I can't eat that early so I'm running on no fuel. AND 3:45 is still the middle of the night. Nope...not gonna happen.
Work out on the weekend. Weekend mornings are usually spent lazing. The kids are watching TV or playing games in their room. Until about 10 am (assuming we aren't cleaning) our house is pretty laid back. Perfect time to hit the gym. The one caveat here is the cleaning item and it's the best time to spend quality time with my kiddos. But if I hit one weekend morning, fairly early...no harm, no foul. So there's Day 1.
Work out right after work and pay for Kids Klub. Eh. I really don't want to do this. First, getting my kids to GO is a pain but getting them to LEAVE once they're having fun is an even bigger one. Plus, I've spent enough on this membership without having to deal with that too. Now there is ONE day that's perfect for working out right after work and that's Wednesday. Kids have an early release every Wednesday so we pay for after school care that day so I can head straight in after work. There's another day right there.
Work out once the kids go to bed. There are days this might have to happen. The only reason I balk at this is that by the end of the day, I'm so unmotivated to do ANYTHING. I wake up at 4:30 a.m. (should be closer to 4 but I leave myself no extra time in the morning) so to get 8 hours of sleep, I need to go to bed at 8:30 pm. Does this happen? Pretty close. I'm usually in bed by 9. I'm having a hard time imagining myself putting my girls to bed and feeling all sleepy but heading out to the gym.
The last option is pick up kids from school...do the homework, make the dinner, eat said dinner and then head to the gym. This means a couple nights of not putting the kids down. (Hubby has morning shift, I take night shift). Hubby is OK with this. I'm OK with this. While it means a little less time with the kiddos...reading the book, singing the song...I think it's better that I be in better shape so that on the weekends, that time is spent doing fun, active things as opposed to sitting around.
So I realize I've gone into excruciating detail just to get a workout schedule nailed down on this blog but I know there isn't one of you out there that hasn't had this exact same conversation with yourself about finding time to work out. Are these actual obstacles to working out? Yes and No. Yes...we are all busy. If you've got kids, you multiply the busy by about 100. If you're Catherine with no kids, you multiply it by about 1000 because you're traveling and living it up with your fiance! But in the end, it's just excuses. Catherine works out. Busy moms work out. Jenn works out. It IS doable. You can't use the excuses as a reason not to do it. Are they obstacles? Yes. But they aren't impossible to overcome.
"So...Smartypants Pandapants....what's the plan?" You ask. The PLAN is 4 days a week. That's right...4...room for my laziness to take over a day just in case.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday morning.
Monday and Thursday after dinner, Wednesday right after work and Saturday morning when I get up.
It's a good plan. It's a doable plan. Only 2 nights not putting the kids down...and it's really not that big of a deal if it's me or Hubby.
I didn't hit the gym yesterday due to mother-in-law (who left this morning. wahoo!). So today it is. After dinner.
So, really...REALLY...the biggest obstacle I have to working out isn't the time, the money, or the kids. It's ME. And I'm getting out of my own way.
Are you ready to overcome that obstacle today?