Here’s The Skinny

OK. I give in. I am going to have to start working out for the first time in my life. I thought my body would magically shrink back to its pre-four-kids stage, but sadly, it has not.

My ballooning buns, thighs and middle have been stretched to near bursting four separate times. I’m ready to slap them back into shape. Or at least close to into shape.

I’m not saying I want to fit into my college sized-0 jeans, but I would like to not bulge out of my pre pregnancy pants. And I’d like to feel good about myself.

Now the questions are: What am I going to do, and when?

I want to work out in peace – not while my kids nag me to death or beat the crap out of each other. I imagine it will take all my strength to simply inhale and exhale as I start my body-shaping quest.

I can’t worry about screaming at my kids when all I can do is focus on breathing.

I am definitely not a morning person so I don’t know if I could regularly roll out of bed before my kids do to get the job done. And heaven knows I am usually exhausted by the time they go to bed. I don’t know if I would have enough steam to work out then.

I’ve been told by a number of friends that they actually feel more energized now that they are in a workout routine.

Is that true? Can I believe them?

True or not, I am going to have to take a risk.

I have an exercise bike in my basement topped with a thin layer of dust. Maybe I’ll start by wiping it off and hopping on.

But I’d love other suggestions.

I am scared to death to work out in a gym. I’m worried I’ll sign up and pay for a membership I’ll never use. I’m also worried that people will see my bright-pink sweaty workout face and wonder if I am going to have a heart attack.

Now I know that I am not huge. But I do have to admit that I secretly hoped each of my babies + my afterbirth = at least 25 pounds.

Seriously though, I’m less than 10 pounds away from my ideal weight. And being able to nurse my fourth little baby has definitely helped my middle shrink back sooner than it did after I had my third baby when I couldn’t nurse.

But I still don’t feel happy with myself. And I know I am not in shape.

I’m not saying I’m interested in running a half marathon alongside my husband, but I want to be able to chase my babies across an open field or hike beside them on a mountain trail without ending up with my head between my knees, on the verge of passing out.

This is going to challenging for me. I honestly would rather sit my butt on the couch than do any form of exercise. But like I said before, sitting on the couch isn’t working. I’ve got to quit wishing and dreaming and kick it into gear.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lana
    Nov 29, 2012 @ 12:01:59

    I can not work out at home. I find too many distractions and things that need to get done. The only way I can get a good workout is to go to the gym. The gym might be scary at first, but after a while you realize no one really cares what anyone else is doing. You’re all there to workout. I’ve always said “The gym is what you make of it.” Another reason I love the gym is that it gets me out of the house by myself for a good hour-hour 1/2, uninterrupted. It’s so nice to put on my headphones and work hard with no distractions. Be proud of your red face (my face goes BRIGHT red every time I workout, too) it means you’re working hard! 🙂 Craig and I loved going to the complex while we lived there (there’s mostly cute, old people there, too). It was close and super affordable.
    I used to hate working out in high school until I started lifting weights. I loved lifting weights because I could SEE my results in the amount of weight I could lift. It was so fun to be able to lift more and more weight the stronger I got. I can’t run anymore, but I love walking now. It’s mindless, but a really good workout and really easy on your joints and body. I also love water aerobics. I got into it the last couple months of my pregnancy. It’s such a good workout, but SO easy on your joints. (I’ve had lots of running injuries, so I have to be careful about the impact of certain exercises). Anyway, good luck! I’m sure you’ll feel amazing once you get into a routine. I’ve learned that for my sanity and health I HAVE to workout consistently.


    • Natalie
      Nov 29, 2012 @ 21:30:52

      You are probably right about working out at home. I bet I will be like you. I’m going to try it but a lot of times I do get distracted by my messy house and my unfinished projects. Maybe I’ll end up having to join a gym to get away from it all.

      I have heard water aerobics is awesome. I’ll have to look into that. I need to take my boys on more walks too. I think that would be good for all of us. I just need to do something. Thanks for the suggestions Lana 🙂


      • Lana
        Dec 06, 2012 @ 13:59:59

        Sorry it’s taken me a while to respond! 🙂 Good luck with it! Let me know how it goes!

  2. Elise
    Dec 06, 2012 @ 09:52:45

    I can’t work out at home either. I’m a big fan of gyms, so long as they’re close by, have a nursery for the kids, and maybe even have a class or two that sounds fun (Zumba, kickboxing, multi-step, etc can be lots of fun). I’d like it even better if they had a swimming pool too, but none of the ones around here do – Gold’s Gym in Ogden does, but I ended up never going when I had that membership because the drive to and from added so much extra time.

    I’m much happier just sitting on the couch too, so getting a membership and knowing I was spending my money whether I went or not, has really helped me to get up and go.

    Exercise does help you have more energy… in the long run. For the first few weeks, it gives you some added energy immediately after, but makes you really tired once the endorphins wear off. If you keep going consistently anyway, even when it doesn’t sound like fun, it starts getting better – to the point where you really do have extra energy all the time and the days where it doesn’t sound like fun come less and less often. It also helps (if the exercise you chose is weight lifting, which can also be fun) when you’re no longer sore for days after each workout!


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