I don't work out. Why? I have a kid. That is a valid excuse, isn't it?
momlogic's Jenny: It's 2 PM on a Thursday. I'm driving back to work after shooting a segment with celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak. I know I have to get back to work, but I'm starving and need to eat something. I could eat the salad I brought with me, but, oh, a burger with cheese (okay, and fries too) sound so good. As I pull in to the parking lot, I internally smack myself for making this diet (or lack there of) choice, when I just came from spending time at Harley's gym, watching him push our awesome community leader Christina Montoya Fiedler. Every day, I come to work and help to produce and promote our Zip Up Your Jeans Challenge. I've spent hours talking to Christina, encouraging her to keep up the good work, helping her schedule these workouts between her having a full time job and a full time 7-month-old. Yet, here I am, ordering fries (with extra thousand island dressing on the side, please) and who knows when the next time I'll workout will be?!
The other night, I fiiiiiiiiiinally dragged my butt to a Tae Bo class. It was literally the first "exercise-y" thing I had done in three months. (I don't really count taking short walks with the stroller as exercise and neither does Harley -- that is just "lifestyle" fitness. Definitely not what's gonna get rid of the muffin top!) I was so excited to finally work out, but on the other hand, was wracked with guilt the entire day, thinking about the fact that instead of going straight home from work, I'd go straight to do something for myself.
"Myself," being the operative word. How could I do something for myself? How could I work out, when my poor baby has been away from me allllllllll day? I wanted to spend at least some time playing with him before bed time, so I ended up leaving the class early, which, by the way, I also felt guilty about. Ahh, it's truly a no win situation. Or is it?
Do I need to put my guilt aside and do something for myself? Do I need to stop hiding behind the "new (working) mom" schtick? After you've been married a year, you can no longer say you are a newlywed and "just got married." So, with an 18 month old, haven't I exceeded the cut- off point for saying "I just had a baby?" Seriously, it's time for me to stop using my toddler as an excuse to why I can't work out and why I'll never look like Halle Berry (other than for obvious reasons). I mean, as Harley told me today, there's not one person that doesn't have a half hour in their lives to do some sort of exercise -- even if that means putting your baby in a pack and play and doing something aerobic next to them. Bottom line, it can be done. Just give me until next week though. I'm still so sore from Tae Bo...
|Jenny, author of Perfectly Disheveled, is a writer/producer, and first time mom to a 1-year-old boy.|