Tuesday, December 1, 2009

EXERCISE: Punishment vs. Reward

I finished yesterday off strong with a trip to the gym. Usually my husband and I try and go together, but the kids needed help with homework, so my sweet hubby offered to stay home with our children and let me go. I got a great workout in. I did about 45 minutes on the elliptical machine, and 20 minutes on the bike.

There was a time not too long ago that I thought exercise was a punishment. My mindset was, if you had let yourself gain weight then you had to go workout to try and be thinner. Now I can honestly say that I enjoy working out. Yes, it's hard, but I LOVE the way I feel afterward. I feel strong and in control, and I wouldn't trade that for anything.... especially sitting on the couch watching t.v. It has also become my "me" time as well. A short moment when I'm not taking care of my 5 kids, but taking care of myself. I deserve that, and my kids deserve a mom who takes care of herself.

Well I'm off to ride the recumbent bike. I'm hoping my 23 month old will watch disney channel while I ride. ;)


  1. exercising is a really good way to reward your body and yourself. Taking care of you is the best thing you can do.
    I am following. I am surprised that with all your success, you don't have more followers.
    Great job, we seem to be on similar weight loss paths. Keep up the good work!

  2. That was an awesome workout! Keep it up!

  3. I consider going to the gym such a treat (such ME time) that I feel guilty if my husband is home doing work in the house (painting walls, repairing something ... not fun time) and I am away working out. I go with his blessings but I still feel a little guilty ... not punished, just guilty. Good post!

  4. Hi there just found your blog and I am so impressed with how great you are doing. You are such an inspiration - 5 children and taking time for yourself. You are what all mother's (overweight or not) should aspire to be. I look forward to seeing you achieve your goal.