I meeeeean... ♀️ Listen. It’s easy to use the LO’s as an excuse. And I get it. I really, really get it. There are phases where it’s especially difficult to get in workouts and make yourself a priority while #momminghard. What I had to start asking myself was why. Why can’t I get a workout in?
Was it because I was exhausted because of dealing with a toddler and legitimately needed a break?
Was it because I had so many other things going on and the workout fell short?
Or could I have made a choice to do something and INCLUDE her in it? .
When things get more difficult, ask yourself if you can get 20 minutes of cardio by picking up a cranky (30 pound!) toddler and dancing around to some music. Could you have her jump on your back while you squat, plank, push up? Could you use your 6 month old as a weight for squats, lunges, shoulder presses, Russian twists? (And hey; sometimes, the answer is no! And that is AOK.)
It isn’t traditional, but sometimes it’s necessary. I’ve learned that I can’t always have a perfect, uninterrupted workout. I’ve learned that sometimes motherhood is exhausting, but all the more reason to make sure I’m taking care of myself, and workout so that I can actually IMPROVE my energy. I’ve learned that sometimes including her is the only option, or else it doesn’t get done. I’ve learned that I need to have flexible expectations, and if I planned to do a run or lift weights but it isn’t going to happen, maybe we put on our matching shoes and have a dance party instead. #fitmamastrong #dowhatyoucan #fitasamother