Taking care of Mom

As a mother of four my days get busy.  Rarely do I have a free moment.  There are meals to prepare, a house to clean, laundry to fold, and homework to check.  Then we add in the time I spend driving them to school, karate, and other social events.  I don’t want to sound like I am complaining because honestly I am so thankful that I am able to stay at home with my children.  I know they will grow up too fast and that I will miss all these busy moments.  However, the last few months I have come to realize that in order to take good care of my family I also need to take care of me.

For the past few months I have been putting my exercise routine on the back burner.  I have been working out a few times a week when I had time but I wasn’t making it a priority.  Like most moms do, I felt it was more important to tend to my family’s needs and I would just work out whenever I had time.  Then I noticed that I was overly tired and gaining  weight which  made me cranky.  Let’s face it when Mom is cranky  the whole house suffers.

Its time for a change.  I need to remember its okay to take care of me!  The first item on my to-do list is now exercise.  After I drop my older kids at the bus stop of course.  I  immediately put on my workout clothes when I wake up so there are no excuses.  Once breakfast is done and the kids are off to school my younger kids know I am going to take 30 -60 minutes to exercise.  Right now I am doing a 30 day arm challenge and the Combat program by Les Mills.  Sometimes my kids join in other times they color quietly or play in their room.  But the result is I feel better and have more energy throughout the day.  The bonus is my kids are watching me create healthy habits.

If you are interesting in joining a 30 day challenge or looking for accountability let me know in the comments.   We would love for you to join our group.  It is nice to have a group to encourage one another and stay motivated.  It makes such a big difference. What are you waiting for?  Make health and fitness a priority. I promise you won’t regret it.

P90X Grad

I did it!  6 weeks after having baby #4 I started a new round of P90X.  Now I worked out during my pregnancy but it was a modified version of P90X with a little bit of Turbo Jam added to the mix.  In January I was given the green light from my doctor to begin regular exercise again.  I knew right away that I wanted to start a new round of P90X because it helped me lose the baby weight after my last pregnancy. I am happy to say that even though I had to get up at 4 am to find time to work out with 4 kids at home I survived 13 weeks.   I am a P90X grad!  I have a sense of accomplishment but this is just the beginning.  I want to continue making health and fitness part of my lifestyle.

My before and after measurements are as follows:

                    Before                 After

Waist            36                     31

Hips             40                      36

Chest           35                       331/2

R. Arm       10 1/2                10 1/4

L. Arm        10 1/2                10 1/4 

R. Thigh      23                         22

Left Thigh  22                          22

Body Fat     23%                      20%

I must confess that I did not do well with my nutrition plan.  There are no good excuses it was my own fault.  I need to do better.  My biggest problem is my abs.  After having four kids I still have a lot of work to do in that area.  My next challenge will be the RevAbs program.   I will be starting that this week and will continue to track my progress on this blog.    I would like to thank those that have left comments.   I truly appreciate all the encouragement.   Anyone looking for an accountability partner please let me know.  Accountability is key.  It provides that little extra push to stay on track with your goals.