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At-home workout with kids (a.k.a. Jedi Training!!)

At my son’s taekwondo class, a class mom commented on my arms and asked if I spent hours in the gym.  I thanked her for the compliment (instead of demeaning some area of my body I am unsatisfied with)–a new social grace I am working on these days.  I told her my arms were in large part from carrying my kids so often.  “Seriously?” she questioned.

The truth is, I don’t have a babysitter.  I don’t have a gym membership.  I do have a pretty slick garage gym, and I try my best to find 20 minutes a day to make some sort of workout happen at home.  It usually happens that I am working out with my kids running around me.  Some days I don’t mind this and even enjoy the distraction.  If feels so good to be a strong mother, knowing that I am setting an example of female strength for my three boys.  I want my boys to know that their wife and their daughters can do anything they set their mind to doing.  And my boys inspire me to be a better, stronger, healthier person.

I can’t tell a lie.  Other days I fantasize about doing an uninterrupted workout–one in which I am not refereeing scuffles, or getting more grapes for hungry mouths.  But if I waited for the stars to align, or two two-year-olds to nap at the same time, I’d never get in a workout.  It just wouldn’t happen.  The day I made this video, all my kids were grumpy from poor naps and the impending witching hour (the hour when you are about to cook dinner and demons possess your children).  This little workout cheered them up.  The boys love Star Wars, so we made this our Jedi training.  It was a workout for me, and playtime for them.  Win-win!

We make the most of it.  Our days are never perfect, but we get done what we need to get done…and we have a few good laughs, too.  I hope you enjoy watching this as much as we enjoyed making it!



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