It’s been awhile since I saw the inside of the gym. As those who have been reading this blog for awhile know, I used to go all the time. Even when I was 34 weeks pregnant (and beyond). Once Owen was born, my recovery took a lot longer than I thought it was going to, and I became active in other ways, but getting out of the house long enough to actually get to the gym became a rarity.
And by rarity I mean I could probably count on one hand the number of times that I’ve gone in the last 6 months.
I’ve gotten creative; I do a mean Jillian Michaels workout in my living room and can bang out a set of squats and lunges while I’m cooking dinner, but those days of long cardio sessions at the gym may be over, at least for the time being. I have actually been looking forward to going back to work so that I might be able to fit in some uninterrupted gym time while knowing that Owen is being cared for and entertained. Now that things at work are settling into a routine, I planned for this week to be my reunion with my long lost
love friend frenemy, the gym.
Enter: Snowmaggedon 2011.
The meteorologists are calling this “one of the worst storms in history” because of the snow > sleet > snow > rain forecasts, and it’s bound to be a disaster on top of the millions of inches of snow that are already on the ground. Needless to say, after a slippery walk to daycare this morning, I realized I was not going to make it to the gym. Bummer. But the good news is that Owen is at daycare and I’m working from home, so at least I could start my “I’m going to work out again” plan from home.
I banged out one of my favorite workout dvd’s and then tried out a yoga program on my new cable provider’s OnDemand. Both were awesome! How freeing it is to be able to work out and not listen for the cries on the baby monitor that always seem to cut my workout just short of feeling satisfying. This time I pushed hard and got through the whole workout.
Bonus: Yoga is WAY more fun to do without a big belly getting in the way! I felt so strong and flexible. Good to know that 6 months off from working out didn’t cause all my muscles to atrophy. So my new challenge to myself to workout at least three times a week is ON. Any suggestions for other workouts to do inside at home, since I may be trapped here indefinitely due to snow and ice?