Meet Josie from Yum Yucky, the openly greedy woman balancing her love of food with an enthusiasm for fitness. But how does she do it with four kids in the mix?
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How to Stay Fit in a 3-Ring Circus
In a perfect world I’d have a full-time nanny and bigger boobs, but this is reality, which means effortless fitness is also a pipe dream. I have to work hard to prevent my fat cells from swelling beyond recognition, but how does this get accomplished when life is a 3-ring circus? My own personal craziness includes a full-time job, the blog, a husband who can never find his shoes, and four zany kids that act like the umbilical cord is still attached. This is far from the perfect combination for developing MizFit-style arms and a slim waist.
I’ll spare you the boring details about what time I workout in the morning and for how long. That’s not the real answer to how I fit in exercise. Before I can even come close to the physical act of working up a sweat I have to conquer all the crap that gets in the way. There are obstacles, like laziness tiredness and laundry; distractions, like my favorite TV shows and twittering; and a house full of people pulling on me with their personal demands. These shenanigans tempt me to engage in excessive couch plopping and potato chip munching, but that would take me back to the 182 pound, sized 14 woman I once was. Not an option.
Managing work and home while raising a brood of children may have you to believe that there’s no time for exercise. My former lack of physical fitness resulted in finger-pointing and pity parties, but I eventually quit whining and took control of my fat cells. I have three rules that set the stage for fitness and make me feel like She-Ra, Princess of Power. I screw up occasionally, but I don’t freak out about it. Guilt and giving up is not allowed. Now let’s get to the rules:
Rule #1: Get Serious & Keep Moving
Kids or no kids, laundry or not, you will never ever get off your booty until you’re serious about change. That’s when sacrifices take place and you find the time when there seemed to be none. I got tired of the whole stomach-hanging-over-the-pants routine and don’t wish to repeat it, so even when the kids sabotage my efforts, I still keep it moving by recognizing other opportunities for fitness. I climb stairwell steps at work (753 steps is my personal best…shooting for 1,000), I do squats and balance work while waiting for the “ding” of the microwave, and I sometimes incorporate the kids into my workouts. If you’re serious, nothing can get in your way.
Rule #2: Stay Organized
If laundry is piled up, dirty dishes are stacked, and toys are strewn everywhere, take the time to redirect your priorities to maintain an organized space. As a former felon of disorganization my crimes included reckless management of paper clutter (see MizFit’s tips) and 2nd degree neglect of laundry. Disorganization creates “noise” in my life and makes me feel out of control, but maintaining organization de-stresses my environment and empowers me to get more done, including exercise!
Rule #3: Don’t Hold Others Accountable
I secretly blamed my husband and motherly duties for my lack of free time to exercise, but that thinking was flawed. The finger-pointing is over and I hold myself accountable for fitness. It is no one’s fault but my own if I fail to commit or start slacking off. When I stopped The Blame Game and quit using lame excuses to justify my bloated state, all that remained was the person staring back at me in the mirror. I am responsible for my own fitness.
A nonchalant attitude filled with excuses and zero accountability is paralyzing and only leads to more weight gain.
How do you manage your own fitness when life is hectic?
If you currently do not exercise due to a busy schedule, what is your plan to get started?
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