Being a stay at home Mom is a very conflicted time, you are proud to be home raising your kids on your own, sometimes feeling trapped, you have to re organize the way you do everything. It is no the time to make excuses! my story is, I had 3 baby boys in 4 years!! I also worked every night of the week. I was a competitive dancer and body sculptor, always prided myself on the fitness philosphy. What the heck was I to do? I could wallow in the restrictions of naps, feedings and exhaustion or I could make a plan and stick to it, which IS rule #1. You are responsible for you and nobody else is to blame. I joined a gym as hard and expensive as that was, my motto was and is, "if mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!" every morning packed up the boys and went on our way, dropped the boys in the playroom and happily went to a kick butt class, praying I wouldn't get called out of class for the dreaded poopy diaper changing call. After class was the best because I was able to actually take a shower and blow dry my hair! I felt awesome and accomplished and loved not only myself more but my kids.
I understand that many of you cannot join a gym for many reasons. Do not despair. make your plan, set your goals, buy 3-4 DVD's and do them in the house right after you fee your baby in the a.m. Today we even have exercise channels and FREE workouts that motivate and change everyday, TAKE ADVANTAGE. Even if you do 10 minutes, tomorrow maybe you can do 15 and so on and so on. The biggest mistake you can make is not working out at all because you think you always need an hour. So what if in the middle of your workout you need to fill a juice cup or soothe a toddler, learning to let the frusterations of the little distractions go is a great lesson anyway. Get used to it...get up...no excuses...you will grow less tired more energetic and motivated each day you accomplish something. Your kids feelings of health and well being and being well adjusted depend on you being confident and proud of yourself and showing the importance of taking time to reach and attain your goals!
If your kids are older, why not set time aside to do some form of exercise together, and be a real example. My husband and I do my Power Yoga for Sports DVD's at least once a week with my now TEENAGE sons. Teaching them to stay healthy and be in charge of their skill and destiny on and off the field. We all benefit and we are spending some quality time together. Every parent of Teens knows that any quality time you can get is priceless.
Find somethig you like to do, commit to it, no excuses, be an example, gain quality time...