"Look! I pooped a J!"
Her sister K was both impressed and jealous. "I've never pooped a K!"
"Have you ever pooped an M?" I heard JC ask Mc, to which Mc answered truthfully, that no, she had not.
And then K yelled at me in the kitchen. "Mom? Have you ever pooped a K?" Maybe, she thought it was possible.
"Nope." I answered. "Not everyone can poop their initials. Some people can only poop in punctuation marks--periods, commas, apostrophes, semi colons if they're lucky."
"I pooped a J!" JC said again, more thrilled with herself.
And that was all Mc could take. "Well," she said smugly, "J poops are easy!"
Now, if you think I'm only bringing this up because I want to include this fantastic poop story in my post, yes, you're right. But I'm going to try my darnedest for a smooth segue into a fitness topic.
So here goes.
When it comes to staying on track with fitness we need at least one or two activities that come easy. When I say easy, I don't necessarily mean that the activity isn't strenuous or that we come by it naturally (although you might).
What I mean by easy is something that you can slip into your day without too much effort, and perhaps, most important, doesn't include any mental hurdles that could talk you out of that workout.
Here's what I mean: when my life feels more hectic than normal or if fatigue is turning my brain to fudge, I have to look for ways to unload or simplify.
Because I need physical activity to reduce stress, eliminating a workout entirely is a bad idea. But sometimes sticking to my regularly scheduled workout program can end up being stress inducing if certain priorities feel like they're getting shoved or deadlines are looming.
This might cause some people to drop their fitness regimen completely if they feel squeezed at both ends by work and family obligations. This is the classic: Mom stops taking care of herself to take care of everyone else.
To take care of ourselves and hold it all together we have to find a way to be flexible with our fitness routine. During these busy peaks we can maintain our fitness by doing what comes easy.
For me, what comes easy is running. I know, that no matter how busy my life gets I can carve out at least 20 minutes for a run. Yoga is my other easy. I have a friend who's easy is swimming. She's been swimming most her life, so the activity is second nature. This is not my easy because I have to drive to a pool, get wet, get dry, get home. Don't get me wrong. I love swimming when I'm done. But it's not my easy. Another person's easy might be a group fitness class where you can let someone else tell you what to do. Maybe your easy is a weight training circuit, 10 minutes with a jump rope or Wii Fit.
Normally I love a good variety--at the moment I'm juggling running, Cross Fit, tennis, and yoga (next post will be about my fitness ADHD) but when the family calendar fills up, when I'm feeling squeezed by time, when I'm mentally and physically fatigued I dial back and do what's easy.
What's your easy? Can you poop your first initial? No fair if your name is Ingrid, Isabelle or Isola.