I am definitely not someone who obsessively fits a workout into my day no matter what. I have a good friend who not only teaches a spinning class in the early morning a few times a week but uses her lunch hour almost every day to go to the gym. I don't even have a job and I don't do that. I am jealous of that kind of drive. But lacking any sort of real physical fortitude, I know that will never be me.
I was sick pretty much 24/7 during my pregnancy and couldn't choke down much more than yogurt and fruit at most meals, so I only gained about 20 pounds and I lost it within probably two weeks. But I soon started gaining weight at an alarming rate because literally the second I pushed that kid out, I was ravenous. I cannot stop eating. My favorite snack right now is a peanut butter, banana and honey sandwich.Sometimes I eat two a day. One night recently, I started entering my day's intake into the "Lose It!" app on my iPhone. I stopped after I got to lunch because I was already at almost twice my daily allowance of calories. Granted, I'm nursing so that makes me extra hungry and gives me a little leeway. But I figure that someday this piggish eating is going to catch up to me. And my husband is always harassing me to go to the gym -- not because he thinks I look like I need it but because he hates wasting the membership fee.
Without babysitting it isn't easy to get to the gym often. I can't see getting up at 5 a.m. to workout and I'm too tired after the kids are in bed. So my friend Naomi and I have come up with a great way to workout with our young ones in tow. We meet just before nap time at 9:15 a.m. at my house and walk the half a mile or so to the gym (with two good hills as a bonus) to get the babies (her son is 16 months and it still works!) to fall asleep in the strollers. Once we get them to sleep, we hit the 24 Hour Fitness "Fit Lite" gym and push the strollers around the circuit as we move from machine to machine. I imagine you might meet some resistance from employees of a regular gym because of safety issues but it works well in a casual setting. Look around your town to find smaller gyms. In my neighborhood, there are a few store-front gyms where I could likely get away with this. And now I can eat those peanut butter sandwiches without guilt!