I've been reading and researching again - this time about hormones, specifically the female ones. Due to things that have been happening to my body which have never happened before (probably because I have never been not pregnant or nursing this long - and, of course, because I am aging!) I have been doing some digging around to see what is really at the root of my problems and what I need to do about it. Here is what I have found out so far. I need to:
1. Change what I eat - eliminate a bunch of stuff that, of course, I really like, like sugar and chocolate and caffeine...I mean really eliminate it, not just cut down on it!
2. Exercise - not just once a quarter, but every week, maybe even every day.
3. Get a good night's sleep - eight hours if possible.
4. Don't over schedule myself - hah!
Doesn't look too intimidating, does it? We've already begun to change what we eat around here. That has been going on slowly and in spurts for a few years now. I also know that how to back off on my schedule when I need to. I've been pretty good about getting the sleep I need; maybe not eight hours every night, but pretty close.
The thing I always get stuck on is the exercising! Here is my dilemma: I already get up at 5:30 to have my QUIET prayer time, take a shower and get breakfast ready in time to get the kids up so that we can get to Mass (which I KNOW we are supposed to be doing every day, so No compromise on that one). I have found over the years that if I don't do something first thing in the morning, it is not as likely to get done the rest of the day - especially when it is something I don't particularly like. So, by leaving exercise until later in the day, I am much more likely to blow it off.
Now I know that there are a bunch of people who read this blog frequently but don't necessarily make their presence known. So, I'm begging you, if you have any suggestions as to how I can make an exercise plan that won't alter my morning routine, PLEASE let me know. How do you handle exercise? How do you keep your commitment to it? Any suggestions on how to involve the kiddos? When is the best time to exercise?
I've been down this road before. We all get gungho about exercising, but then something happens and we fall off the wagon before it ever really gets going very fast. I know I'm not alone on this one, either. Given our hectic lifestyles, I'm pretty convinced that whatever we decide to do has to be easy, inexpensive and flexible. So, I'd sure appreciate any thoughts you might have on this topic! (And I promise to try and not make up excuses as to why I can't implement what you suggest :)