Holy hell. Monday is slipping through my fingers!
Monday is always rough in the Boyle household because it’s the busiest day at the clinic and we have Bradley Method baby classes at night. It makes for a long, long day.
However, I wasn’t going to let our epic schedule stop me from hitting the pool. I’ve totally fallen off the wagon with exercise and really need to get back on track. So it was POOL OR BUST.
Here’s the kicker – I was literally so squeezed for time that I only had 17 minutes (exactly) to exercise. I managed to swim 750 yards – around 685 meters – in that time, which meant that I was flyyyyyin. According to my own swim standards, of course. Side note: it is awesome how buoyant you are when you are 6.5 months pregnant.
I was thinking during my speedy swim, “Is this even worth it?” I usually aim for 1000 meters / 1000 yards minimum (they aren’t the same distance, I just like the 1000 number). To me, a workout is ALWAYS worth it. Even when I was training for a marathon, if all I could do was 2.0 miles, I would still run. Maybe other marathoners would’ve thought, “Two miles isn’t worth it!” (it is crazy how your mind gets warped when training for a long distance race – anything less than 5.0 miles seems like a walk in the park). Plus, you’d have to spend all this time driving to the gym, getting dressed, showering, etc.
I guess I’m squarely in the “it’s always worth it!” camp. Even if that means I have to shower twice in a day. Squeezing in long workouts isn’t always possible, and I know those little efforts add up. Also, when I was in my unhealthy stage, I would use “it’s not worth it” as my excuse – meaning, if I couldn’t go balls to the wall (which, ironically, I never did anyway…), there was no point.
Part #1 of lunch was a protein smoothie (soy milk, banana, sunflower butter, protein powder):
And Part #2 of lunch (chips, carrots, apple, hummus, refried, beans).
Gonna rustle up some more grub!
I’m thinking that the ‘worth it or not’ argument depends a lot on personality, training regimen, and general schedule flexibility. And how much you hate showering. So – what do you think? Shortie workouts – are they worth the effort?