How my workout goals have changed after baby #2

Hello! It’s been forever since I’ve done a running related  post. I’ve wanted to write this for awhile and now I’m finally putting pen to paper(or fingers to keyboard ha).

I LOVE running, it will always be one of my very favorite ways to sweat, but things changed after I had Lily. I just wanted to slow life down. I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I’m REALLY enjoying and soaking up this time when my kids are little.

I think it’s so important to find time every day to be active and have a little ‘me time.’ I’m lucky enough to have a treadmill and weights at home and so it’s very convenient to get a 30-45 min workout in everyday.

My oldest son Jackson, 4, is very independent. While I’m working out, he plays with toys, Lily, or watches a show. He doesn’t need me to entertain him. Lily on the other hand is 7 months old and I need to be able to see her.

Here’s what a typical morning looks like:

7am-lily wakes up and I nurse her and J hears us and comes in the nursery

7:20- we go downstairs for breakfast

7:30-bath time for Lily, J gets himself dressed and brushes his teeth(he takes baths at night)

7:45-I get workout clothes on and start workout. J plays or gets to watch a show.

I move Lily between these toys to keep her entertained. She loves it and both kids are used to this routine. I remember with J I would get so flustered if I had to stop my workout. Now I just embrace it because I feel like being a mom is such a blessing.

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8:45- I get ready for the day while Lily naps and we’re out the door by  9:30 for preschool or errands(poor lily usually has to nap on the go in the morning).

I had to change my mind set so that I could enjoy my workout with interruptions. Here’s what helps me:

  • I don’t set a certain amount of miles each workout. Instead I say I’m going to run or walk for 35-45 min Tue, Thurs, and Sat
  • I do resistant  workouts(abs,arms, legs) on Mon, Wed, Fri for 30 min. A lot of the workouts I can interact with Lily and she loves when I’m jumping around(j will join me a lot of times too).
  • Keep a schedule. My kids both know the routine and just expect me to workout every morning. Neither of them protest, it’s just a part of our life.
  • My focus is now to gain strength and live a healthy life. I was so focused on miles before and didn’t realize the pressure or stress I was putting on myself. I’m planning to run a few races this summer or fall, so I’ll save the training miles for when I’m actually training 😉

If you have any questions or suggestions of how you get your workout in, leave a comment!

I’m off to soak up this beautiful weather UT is having. 🙂 

About Sugar Plum Runner

Welcome to the Sugar Plum Runner! I grew up in WA state, but currently reside in UT with my husband Josh, son Jackson, and 2 daughters Lily and Claire. I love running, but I have never been so inspired to run, race, and blog about it since 4 years ago after I had Jackson. I grew up playing soccer and cheered in high school. My favorite part of both sports(and yes I consider cheer leading a sport) was the conditioning. I found myself running after practice was over on my own. That's when I realized that running may be the sport I really loved.
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