Love/Hate my treadmill!

Last night I opted for a treadmill workout.  I LOVE that I can watch Netflix on my Nook while I walk/run up steep inclines.  It helps pass the time.  But I truly love to hate, or is it hate to love, my treadmill.  It’s a PaceMaster…and it’s a really nice one.  We had to have a nice one since my husband and I were both training for marathons over the last 10 years.  Sometimes it’s a necessary evil, like when it’s too cold or too hot outside. Other times I actually look forward to it.  For me, it’s all about mixing it up.  It’s good for me physically and mentally to keep rotating my fitness routine.  After the treadmill, I did ChaLean Extreme, Extreme Abs.  I love that workout!  It’s very challenging, but I don’t hate it.  When I did p90X…I grew to hate Ab Ripper.  I guess you’d hate anything that you did almost 90 times in a row.  UGH!

Plight of the busy mom

It’s a challenge everyday to fit everything in!  As a mom of four, I am forever busy!  We are always on the go to lessons, practices, classes, etc. etc.  Add that to shopping, cleaning, cooking, etc. etc…WHAT ABOUT ME?!  I wake up most everyday, put on my workout clothes and hit the ground running.  I don’t often get my workout done in the morning…I’ve never been a morning person.  I also have always had some low blood sugar issues, so I feel like I can’t workout until I’ve eaten a little something.  By the time I eat and digest…the morning window of opportunity has passed.  I usually end up fitting it in after dinner.  The kids are busy playing with friends or busy doing something…and it’s my opportunity to have about an hour to myself.  I truly enjoy my workout time, because it’s the one hour a day where I truly just focus on ME!  It’s the one time of day I ask the kids to let me have the space and time to get it done.  I like to put on my headphones and focus on the tasks at hand.  When I’m done…I’m re-energized and ready for the evening routines:  getting kids ready for bed and such.  And finally…I can relax and spend some time with my husband, review the busy day, plan for tomorrow, or watch a game or some news on t.v.  I feel better and sleep better when I carve out that “Me”-time, and everyone in my family benefits from it!  Trust me.