Monday, November 29, 2010

Today is the day...

I get back in the game. That's right. I'm going back to the gym and I could not be more excited about an hour of uninterrupted sweating. I've been battling feelings of guilt about leaving little Ben in childcare, but I need this. I really do. Working out makes me feel like me and I've really missed that the past few months.

I'm overweight, overwhelmed and overtired, but today I take a tiny piece of my life back. Halle-freaking-lujah. Just cross your fingers that Ben doesn't end up with Typhoid or something because I think the guilt might kill me. 

Have you done anything completely selfish lately? Spill in the comments so I don't feel like the worst mom ever.

29 comments:

Laura Pauling said...

Taking time out to exercise is nothing to feel guilty about!

And count me in to buy The Liar Society come March. I loved your first chapter!

salarsenッ said...

Little Ben will be just fine. I remember how tough it was to leave my little ones, even for an hour. You need to take care of yourself in order to take care of him. lol

Enjoy your sweating time.

Katie said...

NO GUILT! You'll be a better mom if you work yourself out :) Remember the oxygen masks on the plane? You have to put YOURS on first, so you can save your child next :))

Happy sweating!

Anne Gallagher said...

Stop with the guilt. I had to wait almost three years before I found anyone to take Monster Baby for a few hours so I could go back to work. Believe me, I didn't feel guilty at all. And if I had had someone way back then so I could have gone to the gym I wouldn't look like I do now.

Jen Daiker said...

I'm sure Ben will be fine! Go be a little selfish today!

I haven't done anything super selfish lately... okay, maybe I did. I've been reading all the Twilight novels and every moment I get I am taking to fit in a few pages here and there... I suppose that could be misconstrued as selfish.

Kerri C at CK Farm said...

Hey a happy mom is a good mom :)
Selfish, NaNoing for a month! I can't believe my family didn't disown me yet!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I can't go long without exercising. I get depressed. Plus it's great for brainstorming writing ideas.

Selfish? Considering I write more than I should (my house would be super organized if I poured 1/4 of my energy into that instead of writing), I'd have to say my writing and working out are my selfish moments (which means I'm selfish most of the time LOL).

But I did turn it around as a positive. We now have family reading time. Me and my three kids climb on my bed (I seriously need a king sized bed) and read for 30 minutes. Okay, I came up with this idea so I could read more while keeping them out of trouble. :D

Caroline Starr Rose said...

When mine were younger and I used the gym's childcare, I remember the workout and shower being equally wonderful. I got some time to exercise AND I didn't need to worry about a little person doing things like finding bars of soap in the bathroom cabinets and biting them.

Sandy said...

I made my little brother buy his own food when we went to the movies this weekend to see HP7. I was being vengeful after he threw ticket stubs in my eye.

Little Ms J said...

Exercise makes you happy, therefore less likely to make your kids "shiney-eyed."

Everyone wins.

Kelly said...

Don't feel guilty about not being with your lil guy to exercise! It's important for mama to be healthy and happy!
I've slacked on exercising because my treadmill is gone...so I just do Wii programs once in a while. Which I better get to today after all the turkey and pies!

Lydia Sharp said...

Yay! You've inspired me to start working out again. Two years ago, I was fifty pounds lighter. Then the worst two years of my life happened, and much overeating and sluggishness ensued. I've been putting it off too long. Today is the day for me, too.

Hey, we can be sweat buddies! ;)

Sara B. Larson said...

Don't feel guilty at all!! I joined a gym when my baby was two months old because I heard that exercising combats depression (I had severe PPD). I had two hours every day that I could go work out and then shower and get ready without worrying about him. (They have a really nice childcare center, and I knew they'd page me if they really needed me) He is now almost two, and about the cutest thing ever (not that I'm biasesd or anything). He's outgoing, confident, smart, and healthy. In fact, he gets sick less than most of my friend's kids who have never been to a gym's childcare center. So I'm thinking it didn't harm him one bit. And it kept me sane, so you enjoy it! Sweat that guilt right out!! :D I want to go to the gym right now but I'm feeling so icky, not sure if I'm going to make it...

Nicole Zoltack said...

I left hubby to watch the boys so I could go see Harry Potter. Then I watched the boys so hubby could go see it.

I'm with you on needing to exercise. With a deadline coming up, I have to focus on my writing but after that, some of my 'free time' will be devoted to my bike. Because of nursing, the weight is slowly coming off, but my muscle tone is practically nonexistent. I need to get back to my pilates!

Alissa said...

I would say that I haven't done anything selfish lately, but my cats would tell you differently since leaving them home alone for a couple of days over Thanksgiving is clearly selfish human behavior. Selfishness is all a matter of perspective.

Colene Murphy said...

I desperately want to get back in the gym mode. We moved so I lost the nearest/cheapest one and haven't had the drive to really get back to it. I need a good workout buddy.

Good luck with your work outs! (and I can't see you being overweight.)

ali said...

I *wish* I felt this way about exercising. It wouldn't be the guilt of leaving my child in daycare that would kill me ~ it would be the sweating that did me in!

And selfish? Me? NEVER!!!

Bwahahahahahaha

Krispy said...

Um, I went Black Friday shopping even though I already bought myself two Christmas presents. That's selfish.

Exercising? Not so much. So ditch the guilt. Baby will be fine. :)

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SWK said...

You go girl! Run a few miles for me while you're at it. (And no guilt required--I'll be handling the guilt thing here as I sit at my computer feeling the calories I should be exercising off while my son is at preschool morphing into butt fat.) - Stasia

Lola Sharp said...

Being a mom is riddled with guilt, isn't it? But, THIS working out thing, is NOT something to feel guilty about. You'll be a better mom for it.

Also, I was thinking about this very thing (working out daily) over the weekend. I ate so much, and I've been lousy about working out this year. I told my husband Saturday that it was going to be my #1 NY Resolution.
But then, on Sara (Larson's) blog today, she talked about the little daily things that lead to success. And I again thought about working out, and starting it today as opposed to waiting for new years. And now I stop by here to say howdy...and BAM. Another kick in the ass.
Okay, Universe, I hear you. I'm dusting off my treadmill now...off to at least put in a couple miles today.

Also, maybe it's just me, but I kinda hates it when people leave comments that don't even respond to your blog post, but ask you to come visit theirs.

Love,
Lola

Jessica Love said...

I'm selfish every damn day of the week. :-)

Jemi Fraser said...

Going to the gym is not selfish!! Ben needs a happy mom who feels good about herself. And even little guys need to socialize don't they??? :) Have fun!

Dangerous With a Pen said...

Ooooooh... I WISH I could get back to the gym! It's been ages since I kickboxed twice a week and I miss it sooooo badly. But with my job, my daughter is already in before and after care at school, so... yeah. The guilt... :/

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

You can do it! And by taking care of yourself, you are taking care of your child. Good for you!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Something completely selfish, deserving of the worst mom ever award = while my 13 year old daughter rehearsed for Aladdin try-outs by playing A Whole New World 50 times today and singing along ... I shopped online for noise-dampening headphones and put them on my Amazon wishlist.

Matthew Rush said...

Don't kid yourself. You've already admitted that all you do at the gym is peddle slowly while reading on the "exercise" bike.

Elana Johnson said...

I wish I liked exercising. I so don't though.

Hope you had a good time!

PB Rippey said...

My son has started preschool part-time. He craves the company of kids, but I feel guilty, alone in the house for once, alone with my writing. My heart pounds if the phone rings--I'm worried it's the school calling, saying, GET HIM OUT OF HERE YOU BAD MOTHER, or HE BROKE HIS LEG, but I pick him up and there's paint on his face and sand in his shoes and he's utterly chatty-happy. I suppose the guilt is all normal, antagonizing though it can be. And I am a better Mama for writing more! Alone! Uninterrupted! Ha ha!

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