From early spring 2016 to mid summer 2018 we lived in North Central Washington on a farm. We were pasture raised egg farmers and loving the quiet farm life. The kids could run without worry of cars or restrictions on what they did outside. If it could be dug, moved, rolled or played with – the kids had free reign.
The parents (that’s us) also had things to do. Farm life with living animals doesn’t leave much room for anything else. And we were living in a tiny farm house with all our things from our previous neighborhood life. It was crowded, messy and felt like work just to be inside.
Once I scaled things down A LOT I was able to start being outside more with the kids instead of constantly cleaning up. The less I had to clean up the more I could do that was fun and the more I wanted to do that involved my kids in a healthy lifestyle.
That realization happened right as we were presented with an opportunity to move. We sold the farm, packed up our home and moved to a completely new state and lifestyle. No more farm life or 1000’s of acres of quiet. We miss it but are embracing this new life.
This change, huge change, also led me to the need for a complete health and wellness overhaul. I hadn’t been working out, or eating well. I was eating the random things I would make for the kids. My working out consisted of housework. I know that doesn’t count.
So in a new home, new city, new lifestyle – new habits needed to be formed. I needed to make sure the new home was easy to clean, that toys had a place and clothes were easy to care for. Because we had been downsizing our belongings months before moving this part was easy. And just a few days after moving in our home was done and we were ready to start living a healthier lifestyle.
My goal is to show my kids how to be healthy but have it be a part of our daily life. That it’s just how we live. My other goal – I’m turning 40 and would love to look and feel amazing, simple shifts in my day will get me there.
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Working Out With Kids
In an ideal world I would love to be able to get every workout and every minute that I need to do business stuff without kids. I love them but lets be honest they can kill momentum is less than a second.
Instead of wishing for something that may never happen. And Instead of waiting for the time to get my workouts in I have had to make adjustments, be more flexible and do what I can.
The one constant – most of my workouts are 30 minutes long and can be pulled up ready to use quickly. So if all of the kids have just eaten and are pretty happy without me – I pull up a video, put on the right shoes and try to get as much done as I can before they notice mom is doing something fun.
Sometimes it works and they aren’t interested in what I am doing. Other times it’s a full on workout party in the living room and I end up shuffling tiny bodies to make room more often than I actually get to do a full squat.
I guess my point is. Just do what you can, when you can but above all else get it done. It doesn’t matter when you do it, just do it. I typically try to plan my day out. But shit does happen. Kids can be unpredictable – especially when all of them are under the age of 5.
But if you go at the workout as hard as you can, even if it’s broken up into 2 minutes at a time – You can feel good about it.
Do more today than you did yesterday.