The Challenge

I think it was about a year ago when I received an email from a nice young woman who had found my blog.  She had just discovered that she was having twins herself and was wondering how the heck she was going to do it all.  Like me, she has an older child and her twins were a surprise.   I wasn't sure I had much to offer her in my bleary-eyed state but I gave her some encouragement, a little advice, and hoped for the best.  As it turns out  this mama had a beautiful set of twin girls and is coping well with the demands of parenting three small children.  

Right before New Year's, this young woman emailed me again.  This time it was a challenge to take a few minutes every week in 2011 and do something for myself.  It is a remarkably simple idea that we mothers often fail to do and so I decided to commit.  (Believe it or not, it's not the first time I've considered committing myself.)  

So guess what I did bloggy friends?  I exercised.  Several times this week.  Good god, a new day has dawned!  Instead of doing loads of laundry and wasting time on Facebook,  I  spent 20 minutes during the babes' naptime getting yelled at by Jillian Michaels or being congratulated by the Wii yoga instructor for my posture.  It isn't much but it is something and miraculously, the laundry is still done and my kids are still fed.

Go figure.


  1. Hi there! Coming over from Dolli-Mama's link-up...what a great way to start the challenge. I need to start a good exercise program. I hope you don't mind me following along. Take care, Andrea (mollyandluke.blogspot)

  2. Exercise as "me time." That is a paradigm shift I need to make in my brain!!! Good for you!!!

  3. Sooo..we really should do a sister run. Start small, like a 5k?? What do you think Seriously????

  4. I thought I commented here, I don't know what happened! I wrote this big long letter of love... where did it go?

    Anyway, you were the first person to tell me the truth about how hard this would be from experience, but you also encourage me in a way no one else could. I owe much of my success to you. Thank you for everything, really.

    I'm glad you found the time to work out AND fold laundry. That's amazing!


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