Working out has become a popular topic with me. There are a few reasons for that sort of obsession. One of those reasons being the importance of health and fitness to me. Another is that becoming a mother shifted my focus to being all about my son and while that’s great, I realized that I needed to keep some things that were just for me. Working out is one of those things.
That was made clearer to me than in the last week. After griping about my lack of time to workout, I made the decision to join the gym at my job. I had avoided joining because it can be pretty pricey. I finally realized that the only workout time I had was during the workday so this proved to be the best solution. I knew I wasn’t going to get up at the crack of dawn to do it and leaving my little man in the evenings wasn’t an option either. Lunch time workouts work for me!
The first workouts were the best. I think I overdid it a bit but, I didn’t even care. I can’t tell you how good it felt to have my muscles burn again. I felt more like the old me than I have in a while. It felt even better to know that I wasn’t sacrificing any time with my family in the process. After working out, I started talking to another mom that I work with. We were talking about getting back into the workout routine. She said something that struck me. She commented about how good it felt to have that “me” time. I know that sounds so simple. And, really it is. It’s just that it finally hit me like a light bulb moment that day. I had been so busy looking at my workout time as time taken away from my family I hadn’t noticed that I was actually taking time for me. I am actually getting some “me” time and I hadn’t even looked at it that way. I had stopped looking at things being solely for me.
I have more than a few examples of my lack of “me” time. My hair appointments have become far and few between and a professional pedicure would be a welcome reward for my feet. It seems that time just for me rarely works its way into my vocabulary. I’m happy I’ve found some way to work it back into my life – even in the smallest of ways. Do you make “me” time a priority? What do you do for “me” time?