I have a love/hate relationship with exercise. 'Tis the season for New Years' resolutions and all that, but I've never been very interested in that. There isn't anything special about the new year that makes it any easier to change. I do, however, have some goals that might be worth mentioning for the sake of accountability. I usually get to the YMCA 2-3 times a week, but I'm aiming to exercise at home or at the Y 4 times every week. I enjoy exercise. When I go to the Y, I usually spend 20-30 minutes on the elliptical (?) machine, 10-15 on the weight machines, then finish up on the treadmill for however much time I have left. Its just enough to feel healthy without actually helping me get any skinnier. The "Just-Enough" work-out plan. That's why even though, I enjoy exercise, I kind of hate it, also. So here's hoping this year I can do a little more and do a little better.
I'm also having a little bit of a dilemma with my kids. We just started a round of swim classes for the 3 oldest, and they also want to do dance, gymnastics, piano, and soccer. I'd love to put them in everything, but we don't have the time or money to do it all. Its probably not a unique challenge, but how do you decide what to participate in? I want to give my kids a chance to try new things and find out what they're good at, and I realize that there comes a point when it is socially difficult for kids to start new activities... but with 4 young kids, we simply can't do it all. I'm also a little worried that my kids will fall behind their peers as far as skills go (last summer Hannah refused to even try to ride her bike because she was embarrassed that she didn't know how to ride without training wheels already). Any thoughts?