when working out is not working out

Argh! I’m beyond frustrated right now!  I have really good intentions and really good plans.  As you know, being a full-time working mom does not lend itself to working out whenever I want to very easily.  I have to plan ahead, but I also don’t want to take time away from William.  I’m still getting my 10,000 steps a day (most days), but I’m craving long runs and weight lifting sessions that I used to do so regularly.  Let me back up.

A couple months ago, I took eight introductory classes at CrossFit 26.  If you’re a long time reader, you may remember that I did these same introductory classes at the same location back in 2012.  (HERE is my post from it.)  However, I was trying to get pregnant during that time, so I never took a “real” CrossFit class after that.  Fast forward to now.  I didn’t want to jump into a real class without the training again since it had been three years and CrossFit is SO technical with the movements.

So for four weeks, my mom and I went to CrossFit 26 twice a week for the introductory classes.  Yes, my MOM and I went together – she’s awesome!  I loved the classes as much as I did a few years ago.  The coaches were phenomenal and the class size was small, so we got a lot of attention.  Once I finished the introductory classes, I was nervous to take a real class, but definitely wanted to start.  Here’s where the frustration happened.

On THREE different occasions, yes, THREE, I tried to go to class, and it just didn’t happen.  The introductory classes were later in the evening.  The regular classes were right in the middle of rush hour which left me sitting in my car for 45 minutes and not even arriving on time.  I didn’t want to go late, especially since it would have been my first time, so I never made it.  After the third attempt, I decided it was not going to work out due to the time and location.  There may be a class here and there where I’m able to go, but unfortunately it’s just not going to work out during this time.  I’m frustrated because I was really excited to start a workout routine and knew CrossFit would have been awesome.

I guess I could look for a CrossFit box closer to my house, but I’m apprehensive to do that since I don’t want to just go to any box.  At CrossFit 26, I knew all the coaches were well knowledgeable and made sure everyone stayed safe.  I’m sure that’s the intent of other boxes, but I’m not sure if it actually happens. I suppose I shouldn’t judge anything before I give it a chance, but I knew 26 was a good place.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not sitting on my butt doing nothing. No, William wouldn’t let me do that even if I wanted to!  I’m still doing those quick 15 minute workouts twice a week before school with my coworkers.  I’m still taking lots of walks when the weather allows.  And I’m still doing a tiny bit here and there at my house.  Just not nearly as much as I’d like.  (My Polar is definitely helping to hold me accountable!)

I literally have no pictures to put in this post.  I’m pretty sure that’s a first!  Alright, I’m done complaining now.  I’ll just need to figure out a new plan of action for working out!

Has working out ever not worked out for you?  What’d you do instead?

11 thoughts on “when working out is not working out

  1. I yammer all the damn time about #wycwyc but it really is what works for me right now.
    But for now fitting in fitness is what Ive got 😉
    We’ve got this right?

  2. Lately I haven’t felt like doing anything other than the program I’m following. So I’m only working out 3 days a week. I’m feeling blah and it showed on the scale at my monthly weigh in last night.

  3. I had the same issue when I did a free one week trial gym membership – it reminded me why I don’t belong to a gym! My 5 am at home workouts work for me, even if other things look fun.

  4. That is so frustrating when life/gyms don’t led themselves to being awesome for our schedules or needs. I hear ya! I think you’re doing awesome doing what you can when you can! Do you like early morning or is that out because Wiliiam gets up so early?

  5. I can totally relate! I am a full-time working mama to a (almost) 15 month old, Sage. When I get home at night there is only a few hours before bedtime for him and I’m often torn between spending all that time with him or trying to get in a workout. What works for me is putting in a workout dvd and having Sage join me. I’ve been doing PiYo and now 21 Day Fix. Sage gets a kick out of the change of scenery and I get in a 20-30 minute workout. It’s how I make it happen now. Eventually I’d like to join the YMCA because I know there is a nice day care there. Good luck! I know it is tough when there doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day.

  6. That is so similar to where I was…I used to love spin, pilates and barre classes but with 2 little ones there just wasn’t enough time, and also being a full time working mom, I was not willing to take MORE time away from my family. I found beachbody in February and it literally has changed everything for me! So many different programs, some as short as 25 minutes but still getting a great and effective work out in. Keep playing around with options, you will find something that works for you 🙂

  7. Long time reader, first time commenter. Just wanted to say that I am in awe of how much you do every single day. I am a mom to a fourteen month old who is still not consistently sleeping through the night (every time he seems to he hits a wonder week or gets a cold or a new tooth and is up again at least once, sometimes three times…). I am a full time teacher as well (middle school) and have a lot of guilt over sacrificing family time or sleep in order to get in a good workout. However, as hard as it is for me to do it or justify it with the help of my husband, you are somehow doing this all on your own and with a smile on your face on top of that. I can’t tell you how inspiring you are. And walking 10,000 steps a day on top of that! Brava, girl. You keep up the great work.

  8. I’m sorry that Crossfit class didn’t work out for you. I would be really frustrated too! I do think that your right for being wary of other boxes; I have heard several stories of coaches not being as careful or observant as they should be. Thoughts and prayers for a solution for you!

  9. I literally just stopped by because I know you are a teacher I wanted to see what you are up to! I am also a teacher, mom, and fitness blogger who is barely working out! It is so frustrating. I really only get in a small body weight, strength yoga session at like 5:30am before I have to get dressed, get the kids dressed and get out! Its so crazy, but I totally, know where you’re at! I’m done complaining now too! Happy Friday…let’s try to workout this weekend! 🙂

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