Although the forecast on my Weather Channel app is calling for a “wintry mix” for three of the next five days, spring is here. Easter is next weekend, my lilies are bursting with yellow buds and the days are a little longer. Who cares if it’s cold outside? I’m putting away my sweaters and shopping for sandals.
It’s about this time every year that I feel the need to spring clean the dust off of everything. This includes not just my baseboards and corners, but off my exercise equipment, too. Everything is nudging me to move – greener grass, serenading bands of songbirds and, during my all-too-infrequent evening walks, the lingering sunshine.
Despite my best efforts, I’ve let myself get out of shape. “Baby” weight and “breast cancer” weight were pretty tough, and I can now include a third category – “winter of 2013” weight. Long hours in the office, coupled with a hungry 3-year-old screaming for dinner the minute I walk through the door and then ready for bed as soon as the dishes are done, make it difficult to sneak in the extra time needed for exercise. This is a major issue for me and I need to find a solution. I just can’t bear to subject the world to my thighs for yet another summer.
A lack of motivation is not the problem; it’s finding the time. At a recent young survivor’s breast cancer conference, I learned that maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly are among the most important steps survivors can take to keep cancer from coming back.
- So I’m asking you, my fellow mommies, how do you make time for exercise? I could use some advice.