Tuesday, August 25, 2009

It's getting harder to workout

Recently, Z2 has been waking at 6:00. Sometimes he gets up at 6:15 or 6:20 but most days, by 6:30 he is awake and active. The hubby used to just kind of rock him and keep him quiet till 7 so I could finish working out. However, Z2 is now extremely loud in the mornings and gets out of bed to bang on the door to be let out, threatening to wake up his big brother.* He then wants to nurse as soon as he sees me. And then he's really up. I'm trying to not be deterred and just get the workout in while he buzzes around. But it is distracting, to say the least, trying to keep an eye on him while jumping around exercising. I think for my birthday I may just get a membership to a gym. There's this "manly man's" gym close to me. A lot of weightlifter's train there but there's a good selection of workout equipment nonetheless. I can actually walk there in 10 minutes in the months when there's light out by 6:00AM or drive there in 2 minutes when it's darker. I would be out of the house so I couldn't be disturbed. However, I don't feel positive about that plan because taking care of Z2 that early would cut into the hubby's sleep . And the hubby is not a morning person and actually needs that extra hour to function well (he wakes at 7:00). I'm trying to think of what my options are. I thought about just waiting till everyone is up at 7:00/7:30. I think I may try that today. The only thing is that really, by that time I need to be getting on with the day: doing Z1's lesson, getting breakfast ready, packing lunches, vacuuming, folding laundry, etc . . . basically, I feel that by 7:30, my work day has begun. I shift gears mentally and it's hard to get my mind into the game for exercising. I'm waking at 5:00/5:10. It takes me about 10-15 minutes to wash my face, brush my teeth, etc and then I take the rest of hour to journal, meditate, read/study, and chant. I really need these activities too--just as much as exercising.

I'm trying to put it all into perspective. When I was teaching, I had to be out of the house by 7:15 so the option of working out later, i.e. starting my work day later was not really on the table. At least as a stay-at-home mom whose hubby works an evening shift, it is.

I just wish kids would get with the program sometimes!! I miss my 6:00-7:00 workout hour!!

*We all sleep in the same bedroom currently although this Saturday, thank the Lord, that is about to change with the delivery of our new bed frame and mattress. We have not had a bed for years now. We have done without a bed due to a lot of reasons but most especially because of a crazy bed bug infestation which forced us to get rid of our whole bed set--mattress, box spring and frame and fumigate (you need to find someone who knows how to kill bed bugs because these like shits are seriously resilient). Bedbugs are vile and vicious and tough to get rid of! I don't know where they came from but I know that we got rid of them . . . and now, nobody and I mean nobody outside of my sons and husband and myself are allowed anywhere near my bed. But we've suffered a lot due to those bed bugs--sleeping on the couch, inflatable mattresses, the floor and then a futon (full-size--not even queen). And sleeping on a futon while pregnant has got to be a special kind of hell.

Well, since the bed bug thing, a lot has changed in the house. The front room became an office, the old bedroom became the living room and the two back rooms are bedrooms now. So in that way the bedbugs were a positive thing in that it made us change the way the house is set up so that it flows now. We're making much better use of space.

Anyhow, the hubby finished patching up what will be our bedroom ceiling and walls, put on a fresh new coat of paint, and we got some new carpet laid. The old carpet was old and stained from the homebirth (which was gross and for which I think the hubby still holds a grudge against the midwife and doula). And while the new carpet is not exactly plush (it's actually commercial carpet which may actually be better for my allergies), it's clean and neat looking and didn't off gas which was great. We bought a basic platform bed from Gothic Cabinets and a really good but pricey mattress. I preferred to wait till we could get a good mattress rather than getting a cheap one and having just as crappy sleep as we'd been getting on the futon we've been rocking with since well before Z2 was born. So while we're not getting a newly designed master-suite (no new furniture to speak of although I almost scored a great armoire on Freecycle), at least it will be our bedroom, sans kids. We're really looking forward. I'm hoping that it will change this new morning dynamic and that Z2, who seems to sleep better alone, will start to sleep until 7:00 again. Really hoping.


Emily said...

I feel you on this topic completely. We have two boys, ages 3 and 1, the 3yo has his own room and will sleep till 7 or 8 if left alone and the house is quiet, which is mostly just on weekends. My 1yo on the other hand sleeps next to me and wakes when I get out of bed just about everytime, so I have given up on trying to get up early to workout only to have to stop halfway through. DH is not much help in the morning, he wakes around 6 and is gone by 7 and needs all the sleep he can get. I do try and go for a walk in the morning with the boys and take breakfast with for them to eat as we stroll. But for right now I have come to peace with my body as it is. I know that one day my kids will not need me or my time as much as they do right now and when that time comes I will have more time to focus on me, getting back in shape and losing weight. So for now I am focusing on eating healthy food and reasonable portions, not gaining weight, and streching after the kids go to sleep at night. Stay strong! I do admire your morning discipline, getting up at 5 to focus on you.

Sabrina said...

At least 1 of our kids is in our bed every night. I dream of a day when that is not the case. Digging the platform bed though.
Finding time to exercise can be such a challenge, you will figure out how to fit into your schedule. Good for you for getting up early. I myself will not work out if I don't do it in the morning.

Chi-Chi, The Original Wombman said...

Thanks Emily and Sabrina!

Emily,I really do have to try to keep that at the forefront of my mind: that the kids really do need me a lot and that as time goes on, I can devote more energy and time to working out and losing weight. Oh, but it *kills* me to look at my belly all flabby and hanging out and it annoys me trying to find clothes that flatter my body. I'm ready for it to change already!! But I know I need to be patient.

Sabrina, I have a sinking feeling the boys will end up in bed with us!! I too am a morning exercise person. I just can't get up the motivation to do it at any other time of day.

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