Finding time in the break | The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans LLC


As the last school bell rang this month, ushering out the 2010-2011 school year, kids everywhere jumped for joy at the sudden freedom that comes with summer break. If their moms were anything like me, their first thought was “Let the juggling begin!”

One of the hardest parts of summer break for me is finding the time to get my workouts in. I have them on my schedule every day, but then every day the minutes tick away and suddenly it’s 9pm and I haven’t huffed or puffed a single time, not a single drop of sweat to be found.

I wake each day with good intentions. I vow that THIS IS THE DAY! This is the day that I will get my workout in. This is the day that I will xyz. As soon as I do abc…

Most days, I wait until my husband gets home so that I can go out for a run or a bike ride. But then we have dinner and sit and talk and play with the kids and do dishes and then it’s 9pm.

Since the kids are with me all day, every day, I don’t have the option of going out for a run. I could get on the treadmill, or head to they gym, but then I feel guilty because “shouldn’t I be outside to train in weather conditions”. There aren’t many people around here I feel comfortable asking to watch my kids every day while I work out. And that’s what it is…EVERY DAY.

So here I sit…literally…trying to figure out how to make it all work. And you know what? I don’t have the answers. This isn’t one of those posts where I come at you with ideas and theories and advice. This is just me sitting here…literally…wondering how I’m going to make this all work.

I love summer. I love being with the kids (despite the whining you can hear from down the block). I love how our scheduled is generally more relaxed.

What I don’t love? Is trying to juggle everything so that I have time for exercise.

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