“Santa, thank you for the baby last year! This year, can I just have a rockin’ bod?”
First of all, I know that it is no longer the nineties. (Does anyone still say “rockin’” or “bod”?) The second thing that I know is that December marks 16 months after my baby was born and I am still struggling to get back into shape.
He is my third child and by far the hardest to bounce back from. I don’t know if it is what a woman’s body goes through when they become pregnant several times or the fact that the more kids you have, the less time you have to yourself and that includes time to work out. Whatever the reason, I find that I am not alone. Quite a few women that I know have high hopes of going into the holiday season while practicing a “diet” of some sort.
I believe that eating right and exercising frequently will allow you to take care of your body. But is it enough? I recently started another weekly workout routine that includes kickboxing and body conditioning classes at my gym. I say “another” because it seems like every time I get into a weekly workout schedule, either I get sick or my kids do. Then we are out for a week or two and have to start all over again. As always, the first day back is always the hardest for me.
Today it is the kickboxing class. It is a challenge for me from the very start. I stop looking at the clock every couple of minutes and being shocked that the time hasn’t moved faster. The instructor is good. She is motivating and encourages us to work hard. She doesn’t let up. There is only one hour, as she says and she uses every minute.
I am only 15 minutes into class and I am panting. As I try to catch my breath, I wonder how many people in class can hear my heart pounding through my chest. As I begin to recover from the numerous kicking exercises we have just completed, she announces that it is time for a “cardio sprint.”
I am not sure what a “cardio sprint” is but I nearly groan out loud anyway. It doesn’t sound like anything that I want to do. As I find out, it is 2-4 minutes of high intensity cardio. I knew I didn’t like the sound of it. I am ashamed to say that I almost took a break.