Our local YMCA had a special last month for new and returning members. We missed having our membership, so we signed back up. I can walk 2 miles in 41 minutes, 31 seconds, at a 0.5% incline.

This is something to be proud of. I felt great afterwards! And I did not hurt myself or throw my back out. Yay!!!

The younger two girls love the kid’s room. They have more toys than they know what to do with and their own gym. Upon leaving, the girls are sweaty, tired, and hungry. They want food immediately. Thank heavens for lunchboxes:)

For many people, my time means nothing. For some, they will scoff at my accomplishment. I decide to ignore these people and just be proud of myself for what I can accomplish. Over the past three months, my physical health has been slowly improving. I have less and less pain each day. My energy level is increasing, my back has only gone out once, and I have been drinking more water.

Here are some challenges we face:

  • It is a 40 minute drive each way to the Y.
  • The road conditions are not always in our favor. Welcome to MN winters.
  • Q- falls asleep in the car on the way home and then she refuses to go to bed at bedtime.
  • I feel guilty going to workout when I think I should be at home cleaning house.
  • I feel as if their are never enough hours in the day to accomplish all that needs to be done.
  • I feel selfish. Taking time for myself, when I should be focusing on anything else that will benefit my family.

These struggles make it difficult to workout more than once a week. I want to be their at least 3 times each week. In a perfect world, one of those days would be in the swimming pool with the girls. They love to swim. The water slides are so much fun and the girls look forward to it each weekend. Swim time also gives me a chance to get payback! They splash me during bath time, I splash them in the pool:)

Since I struggle so much with this, I am trying to look at it from a different point of view. Going to the Y is spending time with the girls. And it is important to continue taking care of myself and my health. Feeling healthy has been a major life goal for almost two years. And it has been helping to improve my mental health as well. Call is a win-win for everyone.

Somewhere along the way, I seem to have lost my passion for working out. I want to find it again. Is there something you want to find again?