|(Image credit Bob Winsett)|
I love to work out...I always have. Call me crazy, but it's one of the things I enjoy so much. I used to work out 6-7 days a week before I had Ellie...well, okay, even when I was pregnant with Ellie I was working out 6-7 days a week. I have just always loved the feeling after a great workout. I love the challenge. I love the sense of accomplishment. You can't beat that feeling!
After having Ellie, it was hard to start getting into a workout routine again. I wanted to, but that first year with her was so hard. The last thing I had energy for was working out. Once she passed the first year mark, it became easier, but I still always seemed to find excuses. I don't know why I find excuses, considering I know how happy exercising makes me. But it's so hard with a toddler. After getting home from work, it's dinner time for her, and bath time, and her bed time creeps up so fast. And even the days I get home early, if she just wants to play, it's so hard after being away from her all day, to just leave her for another hour while I workout. And so, another day goes by that I once again found no time to get my workout in.
Over the last 2 months or so, I have been forcing myself to fit in a workout at least 4-5 times a week. And what a difference it has made. I never realized I had missed it so much until I started doing it again regularly. I actually bought a jogging stroller so that I could take Ellie with me, which has helped, but my amazing mom (who watches Ellie most days of the week), has actually helped me get back into my routine the most. She has stayed later at our house almost every day so that I can get my workout in, and it's been worth it!
I've come to the conclusion that exercise makes me a happier person...and I'm so glad it's back in my routine!