05 October 2012

Gym Member Fail

I do not like working out.

I love the way I feel after I work out, and even more how I feel when I CONSISTENTLY work out.

Jane is closing in on her first year, and I still haven't figured out a way to exercise while balancing child care. #mamafail

I am not a morning person -- so waking up before Shawn and Jane to exercise seems so daunting, especially since someone has regressed and doesn't sleep through the night anymore.

In the evenings I am so hungry and juggling feeding Jane, making dinner for us, giving a baby bath, making a PJ bunny, etc. that working out after Shawn comes home doesn't seem realistic either.

Excuses, excuses. But I set about finding a gym that has childcare. Ideally one nearby.

Gyms don't make information easily available -- such as the COSTS or the times in which childcare is available. I decided to go visit the gym nearest me that did have childcare.

Jane and I looked around, and it was very nice. The childcare SEEMED OK to me at first, although the giant TV (like a giant old-school tube TV) made me nervous -- both because I wouldn't want Jane to watch it and I could just envision it toppling over on a little kid. Also the childcare was only available in the mornings and evenings -- i.e. not even at the times most convenient for me to work out given Jane's nap schedule and my natural exercise preference (sometime between 3 and 5 pm). SO I panicked and balked at the gym membership ... of course AFTER I signed up.

So I had to undo the membership (and Shawn agreed -- plus it was pricy, more than I really needed, since what I need is an elliptical and child care). It was embarrassing and made me sick to my stomach for a couple days. The membership guy was very nice about it -- but he took it as though my husband said "no" and told me to let him know if he changed his mind. Ugh.

I still don't know what to do for exercise, although if it ever cools down here (91 yesterday OMG) I could start going on walks consistently with Jane and try to power walk/get my heart rate up that way. I've also considered re-joining Shawn's gym (which is super close to our house, inexpensive but no child care) and just sucking it up and waking up a few days a week to go get exercise over with. I also might look into the YMCA, although it is farther away from the house and the childcare hours are similar to the other gym.

Stream of consciousness and total dumminess on my part. Let me know if you have the magic solution...

1 comment:

Rachael Neilan said...

I find it hard to balance baby, work, and exercise. The only thing that has worked for us is buying gym equipment and working out at home. We invested in a nice elliptical last year and it was worth it. I try to work out before D wakes up, but sometimes he wakes early and he plays in the same room while I am on the elliptical. Works okay most times.

I hope you find something that works for you and Jane.