In his early twenties, my husband Isaac had a saying when it came to eating. “Eat as much as you can, because you never know when you’ll eat again.” Spoken like a true bachelor.
Once I became a mom, I adopted a similar perspective about working out. “Workout hard, because you never know when you’ll get to workout again.” Spoken like a true mom.
Since Sunday, my house has been dominated by two toddlers with a stomach bug. If you haven’t seen a toddler throw up, I strongly suggest you avoid the experience for as long as possible. The projectile vomiting (with no regard for carpet, couches, etc.) is what my nightmares are made of.
The “you never know when your next chance will be” perspective has served me well the past three days. In the midst of sick kids, I have managed to fit in a morning workout each day AND stuck to my Namaste November 2013 plan. Victory! It’s a victory because working out is my outlet. It’s what makes me feel energized, charged, ready to take on the day. It’s my game changer.
While my workout time has been brief the past few days, it still made it’s mark. My effort was 110%. I left nothing on the table. It felt terrific. It charged me up to give my kids the TLC they needed and to ruthlessly say, “game on!” to the rest (i.e. vomit).
The key to fitting in a workout is find an opportunity early in the day and giving it your all… as if the chance may never come again. The day is full of unknowns, regardless of your walk of life. It could be a flat tire, demanding boss, or sick kid. Make time to energize yourself first thing and you will approach the day with confidence. Energizing looks different for everybody and does not have to involve working out (although I highly recommend it).