Today was my first day all alone with Brooke. I was kind of nervous about this because my MIL did everything for me (from cooking to putting my socks on) while she was here and I didn’t think I could do it all without her but I did!
During her nap #1we went to the apartment gym for a walk and I read an old Running Times while staring at the beautiful pool.
All that pool staring made me want to eat lunch at the pool during nap #2.
Brooke loved every second of her outside nap in the shade with fresh air. I am in fact a mind reader. Her cheeks have actually turned into my favorite things in the whole wide world.
Last Tuesday my MIL and I were on our treadmills next to each other chatting away while she ran and I walked. We started talking about consistency when it comes to exercise and how to get to the point that it just becomes part of your day. It feels like it is a million times easier to just stay in shape and create an exercise habit than constantly taking breaks from working out and trying to get back in shape. That was definitely one of my reasons for continuing exercise throughout my pregnancy even when the last thing I wanted to do was strap on my belly bra and hit the roads. I knew that if I stayed consistent with getting my blood pumping and keeping some muscle that it would be so much easier to bounce back after having Brooke.
I started thinking about when, why and where I learned exercise consistency from. .
My cutest sister is 7 years older than me and I worshipped (still do) the ground she walked on. I wanted to be just like her and copied everything that she did. When she was 16 she started to workout everyday with one rest day a week. She would do the FIRM videos (please tell me you remember those), run, rollerblade, and do some form of physical activity every day. It just seemed normal from what I saw her do to stay consistent with my workout routines.
(She is going to love that I posted this picture of us after our Halloween 1/2 Marathon in our sweet homemade piñata costumes. In case you are wondering, running with piñata hats on is actually very easy and fun).
From the time I really remember I grew up seeing her working out everyday. I grew up thinking that is just what you do. You wake up, brush your teeth, eat a piece of toast and get in your workout before you go to school or work. I started doing this too when I was about 16 (my friends and I used to go to a step class before school at the rec center) and hopefully I will stay consistent for the rest of my life (although I am REALLY enjoying this break and my mornings with Brooke). Obviously if you want to get faster, go farther and feel fitter than you have to practice consistency but I was wondering….
What makes you continue to be consistent with your workouts right now? Training for a race, it is ingrained in your brain that working out is something you do, you know your day will be so much better if you get a workout in, you care a lot about your health, vanity? What makes you stay consistent?
Who in your life has been an example for you to workout? Who first planted the seed in your head to run or exercise?
Where did you eat lunch today? Home, work, school, somewhere else?