Staying Active

This week has been difficult. I don’t understand what is going on with me. I’m going to blame the weather as to why I’m in this funk. That’s the only explanation I can think of. I’ve mentioned before that I can’t function when the temperature is above 75 degrees. And now that it's officially summer in California theres no way of getting around it. The sun is not my friend. That hasn’t always been the case. I use to love summer but now I despise it. It sucks the life out of me and I just want to lay in a pool and never get out. This week the heat has really picked up and I haven’t wanted to workout because it’s too damn hot. I usually workout in the morning, that way I can shower and put on makeup and run errands if I have to. It’s just not practical working out later in the day with a full face of makeup. I’d have to jump in the shower right after, and I like taking a shower right before bed. I love the feeling of “ah” when I’m fresh out of the shower, then getting into bed. That’s the main reason I like working out in the morning. Plus I have other things to do during the day so I can’t just schedule a workout session in the middle of the day. I might need to rethink that plan.  If I go on like this, I’ll definitely stop working out.  

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Everyday this week I’ve had to drag myself out of bed and push myself to do some sort of exercise. I’m so tired.  And because of that, everything is falling apart, except for my blog. The house is a mess because I haven’t had the energy to clean it. Laundry hasn’t been done, so Emerald has been wearing onesies to bed, just the plain white ones. All of her colorful princess pjs are dirty. I haven’t been up for cleaning, and the husband isn’t to happy about it. I was able to get some squats in. Today I did planks. I’m hoping to get one more day in just so I can say I did my regular three day workout. But lately we’ve been getting up at 9 a.m. and by that time, its 78 outside. So walking is out of the question: too much sun for the munchkin and too hot for mama. And all I want to do is run errands and be home before 1 p.m. so I can beat the heat. 

I’m really disappointed in myself. Last week, I worked out four days and I thought I could keep it up.  Not this week. Luckily, we get a break from the heat in the next two days, so maybe I can get back into the swing of things and finish out the week strong. I understand that there are going to be days, even weeks like this when I don’t feel like doing anything.  So instead of squats or push ups, I walk. I make sure not to just sit on the couch doing nothing. I stay indoors and I walk.  I go to the grocery store and walk around for about an hour. I know it sounds funny but it’s air conditioned and I’m not tempted to just sit and snack all day. I would go to Target. I can spend hours in there, but I can’t resist temptation so Target is out of the question. 



It only takes a week to forget all of the hard work you’ve done in the past few months. Just like that, you’re telling yourself you want to get back into shape, and it starts all over again.This is what happened the last time I wanted to get in shape. Summer hit and my exercise routine came to a complete halt. Then I gained everything I lost and then some. I need to stay motivated. I need to stay active. Everyday I check my health app on my phone to see how many steps I did.  I’m trying to keep above 5,000 steps if I don’t do some sort of muscle building workout. I  might have to rethinking my morning workouts and switch them to evening workouts. 

Whatever I do, I need to make sure I don’t stop. I have to keep going, I want to reach the point where working out is like eating or sleeping. I want it to be natural for me instead of a hassle or something I can skip. So I need to come up with a better plan for the next several months of Summer. My husband  wanted a bike for Father’s Day so maybe we can go for bike rides. That’s an excellent way to burn off calories while building muscle.

Love, Mama.