As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been working on breaking some patterns. I feel like as moms, it’s so easy to be like “shit, you know what, today was HARD. I totally deserve wine/chocolate/bubble bath/a month off/whatevs.” And most days, we DO deserve all of those things and more, but let’s be real…it’s easy to get carried away with that mentality, and then find yourself indulging a little more frequently than necessary. For me, when I’m feeling stressed and overworked and burned out, I need to GET THE FUCK OUT OF THE HOUSE! I call my girls and it’s kind of a “Wine. Now. Let’s do this.” situation. Same with Miles, our time away is based around food and drinks. So, I’ve been trying to break this pattern by making an effort with friends to get out and meet at yoga or some other fun class. I still get out of the house, still get to see my people, but still stay on plan. I’ve been doing my workouts at home every day, and it only takes 30 minutes (finally using my time efficiently), so I get that out of the way, and then anything extra seems like a fun activity, rather than a workout that I need to do to burn calories or get my strength training in.
Over the weekend, Miles and I got a babysitter for the morning and went paddle boarding. It was SO fun. We got to be outside on the water with each other. We got a little workout, but also some relaxation. We paddled against the wind and current on the way out, and then just got to float and relax on the way back as the current took us in. It was so awesome to be out on the water, and it’s very rare for us to get away during the day. It was a blast.
Last week, I also met two of my favs at an amazing new studio in town called Method 29403. It’s something completely new to the Charleston area. I’ve never seen a megaformer before, and it’s a pretty intimidating piece of equipment, but this class is so awesome and SO SO HARD. I was sore for days in all the best ways. I’m gonna try to make this class part of my weekly routine. It was so fun to switch it up. If you live in town, you’ve got to try it.
Let’s be honest, girl’s night out and date nights are here to stay. I believe in splurges, I believe in cheat meals, and I will always want to go out and have fun with my friends. It’s important for my marriage for us to get babysitters, go out together and feel like there is a glimpse of the old Erin and Miles. But incorporating fitness dates with our normal nights out is what’s working for me right now.