Finding the time to exercise when you have little ones clinging to your legs can be somewhat of a challenge.
I’m one of
those women who leave hospital with a 3.5kg baby, and only 1kg weight loss. How
is that even possible?
it starts with pregnancy. Other mothers have those neat little bumps that they fit
their bikini bottoms underneath. My bikini bottoms don’t go up higher than my
thighs. Not for me the happy frolicking pictures of a summer pregnancy in the
pool. I am pregnant with my entire body.
breastfeeding? I have a little chuckle when I hear a mother humble brag about
how the weight just fell off her and she can’t keep it on because of
breastfeeding. Eat some food you stick insect. Fair enough, my tummy is flat –
fat, but flat. Thank you breastfeeding for the magic shrinking uterus trick.
mothers seem to find that running after toddlers keeps them in shape. Perhaps
my children just don’t run enough? Actually they’re so active I have been known
to nod off to sleep mid conversation with family and friends as I’m so relieved
to sit down. Or maybe round is just the shape I’m meant to be? (Notice how I’m
not referring to how much chocolate I eat).
first child was around two, I looked at myself as a matron of honour in my
sisters wedding photos and realised that a large chunk of me had to go. I started
watching my portion sizes, not eating chocolate and would get my son off to
bed, wave goodbye to my husband and dash off to gym for an hour of quiet
exercise and an uninterrupted shower. I was quite proud of myself for fitting
this into my busy lifestyle. Work till early afternoon, fun with my child as we
went about our evening, family supper cooked by my husband, gym, hitting the books for the correspondence degree I was doing. People asked how I was able to
fit it all in. I thought they were complimenting me on my time management. Then
I had a second child and realised they were having a laugh at my expense.
Exercising with two children
On a good
night I might be able to have both children in bed and asleep and have eaten
and had a conversation with my husband by 10pm. Gym is closed. There is also
the small matter of my medical aid refusing to give me any grace or extension
on my required gym visits as I had gone to the post natal classes while on
maternity leave – and according to them that means I should easily be able to
go now that I’m back at work. Just having a little snigger here. Hope they’re
therefore taken up running. Since my Facebook friends all seem to do it so
often and love it so much you see. How dare they shame me into this? I’ve told
them they’ve motivated and inspired me though, so this is just our little
secret. Actually, it was once again seeing myself on screen that did it. Even
more of me must go this time though.
Have you ever
tried to run with a toddler? Initially I tried having the children jog with me
– they just run off in opposite directions.
Then I tried one on a bicycle and the other on a black scooter. Well,
one raced ahead and the other got left behind. Then I hit on it, I put the
toddler in the pram and the older one with the dog on a leash. Bliss.
haven’t got one of those tip over in a light breeze three wheeler prams, I have
a stroller. Fine when the wind is behind you – but try facing the wind. Some days it is just not possible to run at
all. I’ve taken to getting out a skipping rope and skipping in the lounge – at
least I’m doing something. Another one of my secret exercise tricks is to tell
the children we’re going to play at the park. Off we go, and then I tell them
they have to stay on the jungle gym, and I run in circles around the edge of
the park with just a quick dash here and there to rescue them as they dangle
off the monkey bars. I’ve discovered that changing directions every fifth lap
helps a bit.
just as I happen to pat myself on the back for my brilliant time management
with two children, I’ll see a mother of 8 competing in a triathlon. Well, I’m
still pretty proud of being able to run around the block. And I’ve lost
do you manage to balance exercise and young children?