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Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That!

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ScaleDo you ever read some of the articles and blog posts on how to get in shape and think, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”? (thank you Sweet Brown!)
I know I do.
This morning I was reading a blog post from one of those real food bloggers I mentioned before. She was talking about how she lost weight with the help of her Fitbit. Now I read her posts so I know a bit about her life situation. I suggested that I would love to see a post about how to realistically get fit when you have 3+ kids, no nanny, no housekeeper and can’t afford a treadmill desk or fitbit and also don’t live somewhere with perpetually perfect weather.
Well her only reply was to say that the treadmill desk was a necessary investment for her personally because of her long hours at her computer for work (I get that). But she did feel the Fitbit was fully worth the $100 investment and costs less than a personal trainer and most gym memberships (who said I can afford those either! lol).
She never addressed the nanny, housekeeper, number of kids or where you live. Her emphasis on the device made me return to the post. I then noticed two things: her asking who wants to do a Fitbit challenge along with her AND links to purchase a Fitbit. Well clearly everyone is going to see that she lost 10 lbs in 6 weeks and that she is emphasizing this specific device in being key. And THEN they get a chance to do a challenge with a well-known blogger. Well, I imagine these Fitbits are flying off the shelves. And this blogger is making a pretty penny on it. See, those links all go to a specified Amazon page where she will earn money when people buy through that link.
No wonder that was the only part of my query she addressed (and emphasized how she couldn’t have lost the weight without it).
Now it may be a great device. Maybe you own one and love it. Good. Go get ’em, tiger.
I could probably muster up the money for it (though I can think of so much more to spend it on. I have FOUR kids!). But then you have to log all of your food and weigh yourself and enter your weight into it (or by a special scale that does it for you, and the blogger makes money off of that too).
I just feel like…ain’t nobody got time for that! (seriously, have you seen the autotune? Awesome.)
I told my husband about my dilemma. There aren’t realistic weight loss or getting fit posts. Nobody seems to take into account having 4 kids, rushing them to sports, running your own daycare (more kids!), being a freelance writer, cooking and cleaning (no nanny or housekeeper here!) and the unpredictable weather of the midwest. I don’t have time to hit the gym nor do I have the money for the membership.
My husband says, “It sounds like YOU need to write this post.”
Hmmmm….
I think he is right. So now I plan to think of ways to fit in fitness when it seems impossible. And how to do it with little to no money spent.
I’ll let you know what I come up with in a future post (where I promise to not try to sell you things).
In the meantime, how have you managed to fit in fitness?

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Author: leangreenmommy

Hi, I'm Sonia! I'm the mom of 4 wonderful daughters and wife to one amazing man, trying to live a healthier life, care for the earth and just survive the day. When I'm not cooking up new recipes in the kitchen or shuttling kids to soccer, volleyball and lacrosse I run an in-home daycare and am a freelance writer.

2 thoughts on “Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That!

  1. I totally understand where you are coming from and I only have one kiddo!!! My husband and I decided that the only working out we would be doing from now on is something we can do with our little one. We have been hiking, strollering, playing at the park, and we got a bike trailer for when our little one is a little older! Now, I am not sure how this (or anything else for that matter! LOL!) would go down with four kiddos of various ages but I am sure you will come up with some super creative ideas 😉

  2. I wake up a little earlier than I used to, so I can squeeze in a workout. I started with just basics like push-ups, crunches, squats and dips. Sometimes I go lighter and just do some yoga stretches. Working out early just works for me because I can’t make excuses all day not to do it. Plus, when I feel the burn later on in the day, it reminds me how good I was. It’s like a pat on the back to myself. I did that!

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