Holding on to an Active Lifestyle – Post Child!
In 2011, the world I lived in was utterly torn from my grasp. Totally and completely. Everything I had ever known until 2011 was ripped from me, and a new path was set before me. You see, in 2011 at the age of 34, I gave birth to a daughter. While I consider her life to be the greatest accomplishment of mine, it completely derailed me. Up to that point in my life, I would have described myself as busy and active. I was busy with my job, my home, my marriage, and my pets. I was active with my running friends, my trainer, and my gym membership. Yes, I’m still busy, busier than I ever imagined life could be, but it’s the active lifestyle part I work to hold on to.
Running after and keeping up with a four year old is a lot of work. Trying to live an active lifestyle in addition to that is even more so. Add a husband who also trains for races and chaos can easily ensue. That’s where the work comes in.
My husband and I have created what we believe is a nicely balanced schedule for ourselves and our daughter. The last thing we’d want to do is detract from her childhood, but we also have ourselves to consider as well. So an active lifestyle in our home means one of us gets up at four in the morning for a run and the other runs in the evening.
It means picking up our daughter at daycare and driving to a trail where the other parent has finished a run, and, in hot potato fashion, passing her off so the other spouse can then run.
It means not getting home until 6 or 7 on most weeknights, but dinner still has to be made, the dog still has to be walked, laundry still has to be done, and baths still have to be taken. Throw in story time and game playing and one is easily exhausted. Keeping an active lifestyle also means getting up extra early on Saturday so one of us can take her to her grandparents so we both get in long runs with our run groups and my husband can bike. It means being overly excited because our gym offers a great daycare, but also guilt-ridden because that’s where she goes right after being at daycare all day long.
Living an active lifestyle is one that I consciously work to maintain. There are days when all I really want to do is lie on the couch or sit and stare at a wall (Ha!!! and check out my flirtation with being a Couchaholic instead of a Skortaholic here!), but I know that I feel better after a workout and that little eyes are watching. She will grow up knowing that her parents worked hard to be great examples for her!
How do you balance a family and an active lifestyle?
Is your spouse an athlete too? How do you make sure each of you has time for your endeavors?