I love fall. The pumpkins and colors and cooler weather. Oh, and football. I love football. I also love the smells and flavors and the Deeper Weekend event we have for Thriveal. Fall is good. But so is winter (especially Christmas! And my birthday!) Of course, by the time spring gets here, I will be SO READY! Same for summer, but only for the school break.
Seasons are good. And as I was decorating for fall this weekend, I started thinking about other, bigger seasons. Right now I am in a season with older kids. Ten or twelve years ago I was in the nap time, carseat, diaper season. But now, I am in the teenager can babysit the second grader season. It’s pretty cool. (Though I miss my babies!)
I’ve noticed that a lot of us have a tendency to want to rush to the next season. We can’t wait for whatever is next. And I do think it’s good to have something to look forward to. But I also think it’s important to enjoy the current season.
Now, onto where I was meaning to go with this post. Let’s apply this season business to our health and fitness. Here are the facts about my current season:
- I work.
- I drive my kids around to various activities and their schools each day.
- My oldest children are old enough to babysit my 8 year old.
These facts mean that if I want to exercise, I need to do it in the morning or in the evening. When I was a stay at home mom, I could have popped a DVD in during nap time. (more on that in a minute) But from about 7am until about 6pm, I am either working or driving someone around. And if I am not doing those things, I am probably running an errand or doing something like laundry. These are not good hours for intense exercise. And since I have found that I don’t like to exercise in the evenings (usually), I have decided that 5:30am classes work well for me. It’s hard to get up, but the sacrifice is worth it as long as I can get to bed at a good time. And in my current season, I can pay for these classes. I’m not rich, but I can work this expense into my budget. The cool thing about being 40 is that I have finally figured out some things are worth the splurge.
Back to my stay at home mom days. During that season in my life, I could not afford bootcamp classes. I also could not leave my children without a babysitter. So even if I went to classes, Jason could not have gone with me. And I was homeschooling, so I couldn’t go to a gym during school time. I rarely had breaks from the kids. Looking back, I should have structured our days with more activity. I took the girls to parks – and often watched them from a park bench. They rode their bikes, but I should have walked around the block and watched them. We did go on occasional nature walks for science. I did something with them called room time when they outgrew naps. It was a way to give us all some quiet time during the day. I could have used that (and on occasion, I did) for popping in those workout DVDs. It’s not that I never got any exercise, but I let my season get the better of me and provide me with many excuses to not do what I knew I needed to do.
I’m not meaning to focus on could haves and should haves, but I do think that anyone can take the season they are in and make it a little healthier. For me right now, I have worked in a lot more activity than I used to get. I have mentioned my 10,000 step goal before. So in addition to my exercise classes, I walk at weird times. If we are waiting for a table, I walk around the restaurant parking lot. When I wait on my girls at the orthodontist, I walk that parking lot too. The other night my husband and I went to see Gravity. (official review…meh) We got there 30 minutes early, so we just walked around the theater until time to go in. The only time I really don’t do this is during carline at my daughters’ schools. I wish I could though. So activity is not my big issue at the moment. My issue is the candy stash my husband has hidden in his nightstand drawer. And the diet soda. And that I don’t cook a lot. Sometimes I do GREAT at restaurants, but not always. In other words, food is where I can improve. And that is probably true for most people in most seasons.
And the holiday season is upon us. I’ll keep you posted on how I do. I want to lose a pound a week the rest of this year. I am currently down 33 (haven’t lost in a few weeks) but if I can stick to my goal, I would be down another 12 or 13 by the New Year. That would be awesome!
So what season are you in? Have you ever thought about it? Whatever you are doing is not permanent. It is a season. Consider what you can do to make the most of it.
And Happy Fall!