Friday, October 26, 2007

The workout

For the last 14 years since having kids, my workout has consisted mostly of walking, running and lifting weights.

Today was no different:
  • Walked around the school from 4th to K for parent-teacher conferences (but that didn't really count because I love talking about my kids, even if that means circling the school a few times on foot)
  • Ran (up and down the stairs getting little people dressed)
  • Lifted weights small child into car
  • Ran two kids to dentist
  • Pushed two, two hundred pound carts around Walmart for two hours (grocery day, remember?). Heavier than usual because I had to buy Tide.
  • Lifted more weights groceries into and out of car, into house, and into pantry
  • Ran kid to Switchfoot concert
I admit, it's a vigorous workout, but somehow, even after all these years of doing some serious reps, I'm still not seein' the svelte bod I was hoping for.

Since today was conference day, the kids were off school. I missed my chance yesterday, so today I snuck over to the neighborhood rec center. I'm hoping that adding in thirty minutes of elliptical to my already-energetic routine, I can begin reversing my hind end's downward fall toward the knees.

But oh, the pain.

I may have to keep you posted on this one.


dawn klinge said...

That's funny, it sounds like my workout routine ;) I really need to add something to mine as well.

Mary said...

Yes, I'm sure that the 2 dozen jugs of Tide you'll need for the week were quite heavy. Hee!

I wish I could say I get as much exercise as you do but I spend my whole day on my tushy in front of a computer at work. As soon as I unearth my treadmill I'm going to start walking on it.

Wendy said...

That's funny about the Tide (above). Ha!

That's great that you are doing this. It always make such a difference for me when I am able to exercise.

Kat said...

I just started running again, and yes, the pain! Ahhh. It is so tough getting back on that train. You'd think chasing after 3 young boys would be enough to keep me fit? Ah well.

Anonymous said...

I am just heading out the door to walk/run/jog/crawl myself. It is so lovely to commiserate with your downward turning derriere. I read that line and said, "Amen to that sister!"


Barbie @ Mamaology said...

You got me laughing:):) I seen the title and was excited to hear what you do.

But I guess I'm doing about all the same things.... and trying to squeeze in aerobics here and there too. I can't wait to have a built in baby sitter in the family some day.

Jen said...

I have a question for you how often do you go to the grocery? Just wondering....

Susanne said...

Hey I've got one of them in my basement. Not sure what it's for though. ;v)

I've really got to get on this exercise thing too. I'm great for setting goals in this area and then ignoring them.

Katherine@Raising Five said...

Hey Jen,

I go once a week to super Walmart for the "big stuff" on Fridays. But I buy all my milk (5-6 gal) at Braums (don't know if they have them where you are - it's a dairy store that has a teensy grocery and produce area). I try to go there mid-week for milk, cheese and butter and to replace bananas, etc. I can be in and out of there in 15 min vs. an hour if I went to a big store again. It keeps my "big day" from being so heavy and long and I'm not tempted to buy more than I need...

I also go to Sams Club for certain things (honey and big things of potatoes and apples and big cuts of meat) about once a month or so (whenever we run out).

Of course, there are always things we miss, but I try hard not to go much more than this. I hate grocery shopping almost as much as laundry...


Anonymous said...

I walk up 6 flight of stairs to my appartment about 2-3 times a week and that's as much additional exercise I get. But it keeps the butt from going south! haha.

I hate laundry, like grocery shopping (yes, I'm a shopaholic) but hate unpacking when I get home.

Michelle said...

God brought you to mind today - I know that while the rest of the world has returned to normal (whatever that is) your family is still very much in that raw place of finding a new norm. Holidays approaching doesn't make it easier. So just wanted you to know I'm praying that God continue to heal your hearts. And as for that exercise thing - ugh.

Beck said...

When you put it that way, I should be in MUCH better shape.

Seven's Heaven said...

I hear ya!! I kept telling myself "I don't sit down all day" except when reading to the kids. And add to that having stairs. Next thing I know, I turned 45 and wondered how I got up 2 more sizes!! Can't use the baby fat excuse either since the youngest just turned 6!! What's a mom of 5 to do?
Love your blog, words and design. I'll keep checking in!

Elspeth said...

Great post! I, too marvel at the fact that despite my seemingly endless movement and elevated heart rate, running to and fro, it's still not enough to get me into great shape. Maybe it's the vanilla ice cream I unwind with at the end of a particularly stressful day. :)

Lori - Queen of Dirty Laundry said...

I'm oh, so envious of your neighborhood rec center! When we lived in Arlington, there was one nearby, but the town where we live now doesn't have workout facilities at our "Activities Center."


Of course, there is a lovely piece of workout equipment currently residing in my garage. Maybe one day soon we'll actually be able to reach it. :>)