Just a few days ago, we celebrated Baby Girl’s four-month birthday. “Celebrated” is probably a loaded word — it’s not like we threw her a party or anything. More likely, we woke up for the second or third time that morning at 6:30am or something and mumbled, “I cann’t believe we’ve been doing this for fourrr monthsss… it’s your turn to play with her on the floor for 30 minutes. And here’s her weird little firefly toy thing she likes.” We love that little (big) butterball.
With that minor milestone, we’ve also started working out again. Baby bearing and birthing did a number on our fitness. I know I know, Joanna’s the one who did all of that. But less time, less sleep and adjusting to all of the ups and downs of parenthood is gender neutral. But don’t read me wrong, Joanna’s definitely the superhero in all of this. Sidenote: did you know that male seahorses are the ones that deliver their mini-seahorses? YouTube that stuff. It’s weird.
It probably comes as no surprise that I’m about to insert finances into this conversation. Ready for it? Fitness and finances go hand in hand. (There it is.) They’re both primarily based on the good and bad choices one makes. And planning, self-discipline, and action of starting a budget are some of the same principles required to get your butt back in shape. Not literally just your butt, but your whole body. That would be a really weird exercise regime. So I hypothesize that the better control you have of your fitness, the easier it might be to control your budget as well.
If you’re human, like us, and you’ve slacked on working out for a period of time, you sometimes need a little motivation (or brain trickery) to get things kickstarted again. Here’s what’s getting Joanna and me back on track:
New Running Shoes – A couple months before our baby was even born, Joanna had her eye on some new running shoes. She’s had the same pair for three years now, and she said she needed a fresh start. So we splurged and got her some really spiffy running shoes that checked the boxes, including that neon accent trend that’s hoppin’ right now.
DietBet – Joanna also participated in two rounds of DietBet, as you might recall from this post. The first time she did it, $20 was on the line, and the second time, $30. Both times Joanna pulled through and lost the weight required and ended up netting $38 along the way. Not too shabby.
Reebok/Bose SIE2i Sport Headphones – I’m not working out if I’m not listening to music. Easy as that. And since I can’t listen to a ton of music during the workday, working out is my time to jam. Most of my cheap white earbuds from Apple products have bit the dust over the years, thanks to sweat (gross) or cat. So I was stoked to give these Bose headphones a spin, thanks to Reebok. Anyone who knows anything about Bose knows that their headphones make some mean sounds. And these are no different. They make everything sound good, from the warm tones of Hall and Oates (don’t judge) to the bumping beats of Macklemore. The ear buds are sweat proof and fit real snug without ever leaving my ears sore. It also comes with a Reebok armband that holds my iPhone and stores the headphones when I’m not using them. And my favorite part — the shorter headphone cable so I don’t have to jump rope over it while I run. All-in-all, having 20-30 minutes to get down with some of my favorite music is oftentimes my biggest motivator.
Enjoying the Weather – One of favorite Twitter comedians tweeted the following the other day: “Love sunny days like this, the way the sunshine peeks through my closed blinds and brightens my computer screen.” I laugh cried. This hit way too close to home. The only sad difference is I don’t have a window near me at work to even allow the sun to peek onto my glaring laptop screen. So what better excuse to get outside every afternoon than going for a run with the fam.
And so our nightly walks have been replaced by nightly (2x-3x/week) runs. It’s cheap (free!) and effective (my lungs can vouch for this), and it’s nice to start to feel like we’re controlling our overall health like we do our freaking budget.
Fill in the blank: My workout motivator is __________. Or if you’re like us and need to get back into a routine, what do you think it will take to get back on it?
*Heads Up/Disclosure: Reebok was kind enough to provide gear to review, but we weren’t compensated to do so. All opinions came straight from our own noggins, not some robot’s.