I am getting ready to run for the first time since my half marathon 6 days ago. I promised myself a week of rest, and though I was on the verge of breaking that promise several times this week, I decided against it due to the insane amounts of pollen we've had. Thankfully the rains came and finally washed most of it away!
This past week, with no running and very little other exercising on my agenda, I found myself spending lots of time doing the one thing that I tend to give up to make time for running and exercising - cleaning. This week I have vacuumed, mopped, dusted, scrubbed, polished, washed, dried and organized 'til my hands are callused. Unfortunately, with a husband, a small child and two cats in the house, the lovely luster won't last long, but I feel like I've given my best at a thorough Spring cleaning.
We don't live in squalor or anything like that, and I do tend to pick up and clean up in small amounts as I go. If you came to my house on any given day, you may not even notice that the kitchen table could use a wiping or the hardwoods have leaky sippy cup stains. But, do you really expect my house to be spotless all the time? Truthfully, when I go to someone else's house who has a family, I am secretly relieved to see that it's not in tip-top shape. Seeing a rogue stuffed animal tucked into the couch or a sprinkling of dust on a lampshade makes me feel better about my own less-than-perfect home, because it's REAL. And, it helps me remember that there is no such thing as a Supermom; we're all just doing the best that we can.
In all honesty, giving up cleaning to make time for exercise makes me a BETTER mom and wife. I'm more energetic, more patient and more happy. Hail to the dust bunnies, I say!
I'm curious - what do you give up to make time for exercise in your busy life?