For the past month, I have started going to the YMCA on a regular basis to work out. At first, my husband and I were going together since our daughter was attending different summer camps at school and our baby boy could go to the Child Watch there, but now she's done with her summer camps, so we have both kids with us at all times. Now my husband wakes up at 5:30 a.m. and heads up to the YMCA while we are still asleep. I go to the YMCA usually in the afternoon; however, this morning, I attended my 2nd Zumba class. I tried out Zumba for the first time (other than when I played it on our Wii) a few days ago. It was fun and intense! This time, my daughter wanted to go with me, so I took her this morning when I went. She was the only child there. I saw a lady in the 1st class I went to, who took her daughter around the same age as my daughter, so I figured my kiddo could try it out too! At first she was shy, but she warmed up and started doing Zumba with me and the class. I've been having a lot of fun with the Zumba classes, even if I have only been to 2 classes so far, but I do plan to continue attending them. I may be totally uncoordinated and have absolutely no rhythm whatsoever, but that is not why I am going, so it doesn't matter...plus, no one watches anyone else! haha!
This year, we have had 3 women in our lives to be diagnosed with breast cancer. Each one has a different type. Two are undergoing chemo at this time and one had to have her breast removed. In 1992, I had a very special aunt of mine, who had battled breast cancer for 10 years, lose her fight with breast cancer. I have always been a huge supporter of Susan B. Komen breast cancer research and foundation. I always said I wanted to run in one of their marathons, Race for the Cure. This time around, I am going to be fit and healthy enough to do it! I used to be a track runner and gymnast when I was in high school and before I had my kids, but for the past 9-1/2 years I've had a "mommy" body and have been out of shape. I'm not a very big person. I am only 5'5 and 130 lbs., but I want to be prepared for the agony of running in a marathon! I will do it!
I also changed my eating habits, although I have regressed a couple of times and eaten some foods I swore I wouldn't eat. I have increased my protein and fiber intake, decreased my sugar and starch intake, and I have been intaking more calcium via milk.
Now, I just need to work on my sleeping habits, then I'll be set! Sometimes motherhood doesn't afford us the luxury of sleep, though, especially when there is a toddler in the picture! :) **I love my kids though and would take many interrupted sleeps just to be able to have my children in my life!**