Well I didn't make my first goal of 14 pounds. I ended up losing 11.5 pounds for the first 7 days. Tremendous strides were made in the amount of exercise I can complete in one hour. Two inches were lost from my waist and 2 inches from my hips.
The down side of all this exercise is that I'm tired. The children and I swim from 10-10:30am and then I work out in the gym. After we get home and I shower, I am wiped out. The kids have been doing a great job getting up early to complete the bulk of our school work by 10:00 am. It's good that they are so happy to check off their completed assignments each day, because I am not as on top of school as I should be. Today, I even took a short nap.
There has been a lot of talk on a homeschool email loop that I belong to about moms needing time to themselves. This is the first time in 21 years that I have taken time to do something by myself almost every day. I'm dropping my two youngest children off at daycare for 1 hour each day. I listen to music that I enjoy and am not interrupted with little children wanting to hug me or get on the treadmill with me. Part of me feels guilty about taking this time. Time that I should spend teaching Latin verbs or reading stories to the younger girls or ironing shirts for my husband to wear to work. On the other hand, I really need to take better care of myself. I didn't get regular exercise for many years, my blood pressure was high, I am overweight. All things that deplete my energy, make me crabby, and don't allow me to do all the things I need to do. Is it sinful to take this time away from my vocation as wife and mother?
My older and younger children have positive experiences while I workout. My children enjoy going to daycare. They like playing with more children. My older children thrive on the extra time at the library. I'm also playing tennis with the older children on a regular basis. None of us are great players, but we chase balls, volley the ball back and forth, and laugh together a lot. Should I try to get all of my exercise with the children? Probably. But for now, I will use the Y center membership to get myself back into good physical condition and continue to incorporate more family sports.