Exercise is at the top of my list of resolutions for 2016. Nothing original about that as it seems to be high in everyone’s list.
But something really clicked in my mind the other day.
Captain gave me a bit of a lecture how I don’t really do much for myself since I’m always busy taking care of everyone else. And I responded that I now do much more for myself than ever before. I go to the gym regularly and get to spend quality time with him. These are now my outlets.
But he responded that the gym is not “me” time as much as it’s a necessity.
I never really thought of exercise as important as sleep or food or water.
I always felt as if getting to the gym was strictly a way to treat myself. A luxury, of sorts.
And I used to get pissed as hell that Grayheart made it a top priority for him to exercise while I was at home (fat and bitter) taking care of our kids. He complained that I put my health last.
Truth be told, I was always so exhausted at the end of a long workday and dealing with the kids that thinking of getting to the gym at 8 or 9 pm was ludicrous. I’d miss out on time with the kids. Plus, who was going to clean the house? And when were we going to have quality time together as a couple? And sleep! Is it any good if you’re going to sleep at midnight? Ugh. All too familiar complaints of families with small children.
Perspective shift now.
My kids are now a bit older and don’t require the constant attention they needed as babies or toddlers. I drop them off at the childcare center in the gym and do my routine. And I feel so much better now that I’m thinner and physically strong again.
Happy and healthy mom = Happy family!
So now the real question is… what will I be doing solely for myself?