My husband and I became foster parents almost a year ago to two little babies who were both under the age of 2.
Since our only parenting experience up to that point had been with our own 1o-year-old, we were a little caught off-guard by what parenting two babies under 2 is actually like. Spoiler alert: It’s pretty flat-out crazy.
I got into going to the gym a few months into our great foster parent experience. I had been practicing yoga for 10 years, but all the wild changes and ups and downs had me looking for another way to chill out. We had been members of our local YMCA for a year or two, but I rarely used the membership for anything other than swim lessons and baseball teams.
At first, going to the gym was really intimidating. I didn’t know how to use any of the equipment, and I felt weird working out in a big group like that. But slowly, it started to get kind of fun. I learned which times of the day were better to go and even had my own routine going: a certain amount of time on a climber machine, a stationary bicycle, and a rowing machine. I even surprised myself by making gym-specific playlists and looking forward to going to the gym. When our foster kids moved out at the end of the year, I kept up my habit.
Lately, however, I am at home a lot more than I ever have been before … and I’m missing my workout time. I love online yoga videos and dance classes, but my body got used to a specific kind of exercise that I haven’t been able to replicate at home. Enter: The exercise bike that was delivered this weekend, and that I bought for a whopping $90.