Subheading for this blog post: Bird Poop, Cat Pee, Dog Drool and Other Challenges
It’s Diabetes Blog Week, day three! Today’s topic is “one thing I can improve.” This is an easy one for me: exercise. I do not exercise enough.
My excuse is that I’m busy. It’s a good excuse. Between mothering and working, I don’t find time for me. I do strength training workouts twice a week. Last week I did three! But it’s rare that I do cardio. I know I need to do it. I know that it makes a huge difference in my blood glucose numbers. But the fact of the matter is that most days I sit down in front of the computer to start working as soon as my kids go to school, and I don’t really get up until it’s time for them to come home. I spend the afternoons with them, either playing or taking them to their different activities. If I don’t spend the morning hours working, the work won’t get done.
I know it’s just about setting aside 30 minutes to take a brisk walk. But 30 minutes for the walk, another 30 minutes on errands, another 30 minutes on the laundry and other chores… the morning is over in a blink. Some days it’s so fast I absolutely can’t believe it. And those are the days I find myself trying to write in the afternoon with Adam sitting in my lap and touching the keyboard, with Guy next to me asking me questions like, Guess what the temperature is in Beijing? and with Tom somewhere in the background telling me he’s hungry and he needs help with his homework. As you might imagine, it’s not when I get my best work done.
I wouldn’t change that time with my sons for anything, though. It’s the most wonderful time, and I’m grateful for all of it, even the annoying moments. But it comes instead of “me” time. I’m not good at “me” time.
Yesterday was a classic “no me time” day. Adam was home sick and completely bored with all of his toys by 7:00 a.m. When I served the kids breakfast I noticed something on the kitchen table. As I got closer, I realized it was bird poop. We do not have a pet bird. The big window in our living room was open…
And the bird didn’t just leave a few plops on the table. The poop was also in a bunch of places on the floor. Fortunately, Mike was home so I called him in to help with the clean-up.
On some level, the presence of a bird in the house that was not caught must have upset the cats. (Mortified them, no doubt! What kind of cat misses a live pigeon on the kitchen table?). As I cleaned the bird poop off the floor, I looked at the dog’s bed and noticed a wet spot. “It’s not cat pee, right?” I said to Mike.
“No,” he said. “It’s probably just dog drool.”
An hour later as I was busy cleaning up the mess from the salt dough Adam and I had made (flour, salt, and traces of blue and green food coloring were everywhere), I noticed the wet spot on the dog’s bed was still there.
“It’s totally cat pee,” I said. Then I did the paper towel test (PTT), which means putting a paper towel into the wet spot and seeing if the paper towel turns yellow. It did. I scrubbed the dog’s bed with a vinegar and water solution and then put it in the sun to dry. Shortly thereafter I noticed another wet spot beside a plastic bag holding one of Adam’s dirty diapers. I did another PTT. Yellow again. I washed the floor.
Somehow in between the cleaning and the games and the laundry and feeding the kids, and everything else, I managed to edit an essay and write a quick blog post yesterday. Somehow I’m managing to do the same thing today. Somehow I managed to stick to my diet and keep diabetes in check.
I’m complaining, but I’m not really. I love the reasons I’m busy. I love ASweetLife. I like some of my freelance projects. I adore my wretched pets. (But not uninvited birds!)
The time I spend with my sons is the best blessing. I love it. I just wish I could push myself a little harder to make the time I need to exercise. I know how important it is. I know it would improve my blood glucose.
I think I’ll close day three’s post with a question: Shouldn’t cleaning cat pee count as cardio?
Hi Rebecca! Thanks for your comment. Isn’t weirdly placed cat pee the worst? :)
Can SO relate to everything you wrote, including the ubiquitous and weirdly-placed cat pee. My schedule is exactly like yours, but you seem to get more done with more children. MUST get back to the elliptical machine, it works way faster than treadmill for me. Great post.
@Ariela, 30 minutes a day won’t get you in shape for a marathon. But it’s definitely enough to do your body some serious good. NYT just ran an interview with Gretchen Reynolds about it:http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/04/the-surprising-shortcut-to-better-health/
Same here plus the fact that I have a long commute each way. Is a 30-minute brisk walk really worth anything? Because I could do that in the middle of the day from work. I never take lunch, but I could.
I totally relate to this post. I do yoga every day but I’m one of those people that thrives on cardio. I lose weight really quickly when I do it and since I’m an anxious and nervous person, it truly calms me down. But it’s hard to do as a stay at home mom and extra time goes into the blog and other projects.
I think cleaning cat pee should absolutely count! lol eeww :D
Great post, Jessica! You reminded me how I really do want to make time for my cardio exercise.