By Whitney from Rookie Moms
I’m a 39-year old mother of two and I fit into my clothes just fine. True, I don’t look like Gwyneth Paltrow– who sports those same credentials — in my bathing suit, but my weight is healthy and my energy level is decent, I think. Still, I know that exercising is an important habit to embrace, and not only that, it’s my responsibility to model good behavior for my children.
How I envy my husband who took up running two years ago with dedication. He’s made it a ritual and leaves his workout clothes just outside of our bedroom door before he goes to sleep so that he can sneak out in the morning without waking me. Mostly I have slept through this routine he’s developed. Or I stir to the sound of his leaving just enough to slip feelings of guilt into my brain as I enjoy my last thirty minutes of “sleep.” What I’m actually doing is keeping my eyes closed and thinking about how I should squeeze into my sports bra and fire up my Jillian Michaels DVD.
My morning inertia is why I decided at the start of this month to make myself an exercise chart and put it on the refrigerator. I announced to my family that if I exercised for 20 days in October, I would reward myself with a massage at a spa. That’s good motivation, which is why this month I’ve been doing a better job at turning on Jillian Michaels in the morning. If the kids are awake, they might sit on the couch, watching me watch my virtual personal trainer. Or they might hop up and join me for jumping jacks. They are never short on energy.
So how am I doing? Well, so far I’ve skipped enough days that I’m down to the wire. If I don’t exercise daily for the next six days, I won’t meet my goal. But it’s okay for my kids to see me struggle. While I wish for them to develop a true love for sports and activity such that getting enough exercise comes naturally to them, they also have to know that sometimes we do things because they are healthy, not just fun. Exercising is important and good for one’s body. When we all wake up to Jillian Michaels in the morning, I know I am reinforcing that important lesson.
Now go eat your green beans.