Around this time last year my sisters decided to start this blog. I quickly jumped in to see if I could join them. 2011 was by far the best year of my adult life for incorporating more exercise into my regular routine; however, it ended up being hit and miss. There were months when I was doing great but at the expense of other aspects in my life. In an attempt to regain balance, exercise often went to the wayside. Then I would try to weave exercise in, and the cycle would continue.
Yet, I am determined to keep on trying, working toward achieving that balance and prioritizing in order to find a place for exercise. The girls went back to school this week, but my winter term does not start until next week. Originally, I was going to spend the week at the office, but Sunday night I realized that I would be able to complete what I needed to in two days, leaving the other three for the rare occasion when I get to be home by myself.
When considering what I would want to do during those prime hours, going for a jog outside popped into mind. This morning I laced up my shoes, put a scarf around my neck and headed out the door for a combo walk/jog. The last time I did so was back in September before fall term started. My husband's and my work schedules clash. It is still dark when I leave for work and by the time my husband gets home, it is once again dark. I'm either working or with the girls, and I haven't quite figured out how to get in some outdoor exercise on a regular basis.
This week I plan on one more outdoor jog Friday, and after that, it will be back to my regular work schedule. I know that it will be feasible to get in at least one weekend run before my husband goes to work. I just need to get myself motivated to do so consistently without letting obstacles get in the way, such as sleeping in or staying warm and cozy inside the house.
I'm looking forward to the spring when the day light hours will accommodate running more regularly during the week, but until then, I will enjoy my weekend runs and focus on cardio and strength work out videos at home during the week.