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Establishing a new routine

English: YMCA logo (international and USA)

English: YMCA logo (international and USA) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


When you decide to do something new on a regular basis it can be an adjustment.  I certainly think about when school starts back in the fall, or even when school lets out for the summer…it takes a few days, or even a few weeks to adjust to the new schedule and to establish new routines to get you going.  While this takes time for adults and older children, it may take longer for smaller children.


I didn’t even think about these ideas when we first joined the YMCA with the plan of going every weekday morning to work-out.  I knew it was going to be an adjustment for my body as far as the exercise was concerned, but I didn’t think about the adjustment on my routines, schedules, or even on how my children would handle it.


Before we started doing this, my husband and I would stay up late at night, 1 or 2 in the morning.  The children would wake up before us (having gone to bed at 7:30pm), and play around, often making a mess or getting into some big trouble, before him and I would finally get up at 9:00am.  As a side note, my husband has the blessing of being able to set his own working hours, so it was plausible for him to be able to leave the house late, but that also means that he gets home a bit later.  It isn’t like our morning routine was working for us in the first place, but it was one that our bodies had naturally set in order.


Now the kids go to bed a bit later (around 8:30, sometimes 9:00), my husband and I are in bed much sooner, 10:30, 11:00 at the latest.  The alarm goes off at 6:45am, but my body is usually starting it’s wake-up process at 6:30am, and I get after the first ringing of the alarm.  If one of our children has joined us in bed during the night, he or she will wake up with me, and get breakfast ready for everyone else.  It has taken us two weeks to figure out the right pace to move at, and how to get everyone fed, dressed, pottyed, and out the door before 8:00am.  There were some mornings when we moved too slowly at first and then had to kick it in high gear the last ten minutes.  Which resulted in cranky children and stressed parents.  It has also taken about 2 weeks for my children to get used to the idea of going to the child care facilities at the YMCA.  There are still some rough days thrown in there, but now I’ve learned that it takes about 2 weeks for me and my family to adjust to a new routine and schedule.





New plan – Cycling AND Running??

Pictograms of Olympic sports - Cycling (road)....

Well, as I discussed a few days ago, it seems that my running ability is not on par with the C25K Beginner’s program.  My body is just so messed up.  In all truth, it really is my fault.  I was a HUGE couch potatoe throughout all of my pregnancies.  With my son, I had mild edema, pre-ecalmpsia, and high blood pressure, so I was *ordered* to take things easy.  With my oldest daughter, my hips were SO messed up that it was extremely painful to be active.  The more active I was, the worse my hips would be and the less my mobility became.  When you already have one child, you really cannot afford to lose your mobility.  Plus, I was so super sick during my pregnancy with her (lost 20 lbs. the first HALF).  Then, with my youngest daughter, I was just doing my best to survive.  I really was just living day by day, struggling to get my chores done, and taking every advantage of nap times.  Emotionally, I was a wreck, had no clue how I was going to deal with 3 children under two and a half years of age (another story for another blog).  Any type of exercising was out of the question.  I wouldn’t say that I was lazy during any of my pregnancies, if your a stay at home mother, you really are anything except lazy.  But, I wasn’t too terribly physically active…couldn’t handle it.

Now that I’m trying to get up off my butt and doing something, my body is fighting back.  My lungs can handle it.  I can push my lungs, control my breathing.  However my legs are not liking the *abuse*.  My knees disagreed with my shoes, my tibias are arguing with my shins, and my glutes have strife with my pelvis.  Running 3X a week just isn’t going to work RIGHT NOW.

So, I’m going to start slower than beginner.  At first I was really frustrated at myself, I hated my body, I was angry that the wonderful gift of children came with such an unexpected burden.  But I have a plan now, and I’m ok with everything that’s gone on.  Allow me to share my plan, and maybe someone else who has similar issues may want to join in?

I go running twice a week.  I follow the idea of the Cool Runnings program, but what would take a normal person two weeks to complete will end up taking me three weeks.  And then, on days that I’m not running, I cycle, twice a day.  Running is something that I can do by myself without my children, and cycling is something that I can do with my whole family, and also help my husband get into shape.


So there you have it.  A plan.  Having a plan is the first step to correcting a situation.  I’ll be sure to keep you updated on how this plan works, so far, I’m quite happy with it!

Today’s cycling stats (using Strava cycling app for iphone):

First time

  • 1.6 miles
  • 16:06 minutes
  • 6.0 mph average
  • 10.4 mph max speed

Second time

  • 1.6 miles
  • 19:04 minutes (had to stop to adjust the kids…silly)
  • 5.5 mph average
  • 9.6 mph max speed

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