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Topic: Sport or Fitness (02/15/07)
TITLE: The Busy Mom Workout
By Shari Armstrong
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Looking around, I noticed a young woman standing behind a table stacked with videos and DVDs. Am I busy? When am I not? I moved the bag with the loaf of bread further from the grasp of my son in the cart, distracting him with a cup of juice. “I have a few minutes. Why?”
”Well, I’ve co-produced what my partner and I believe to be the perfect workout video for busy moms. We are offering a few moms a promotional copy to view. After you’ve had a chance to try it for a week,” she picked up a postcard, “simply fill out a few questions and drop this pre-paid postcard in the mail. Keep the video as our gift.”
“Hmm.” I picked up a copy of the video and looked at the back. “I’ve been meaning to get in shape. This might be just what I need.”
The young lady smiled. “I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.”
“Here you go. You take a little nap, while Mama puts stuff away.” I put him down in his playpen and then went to haul in the rest of the groceries. The video fell out of the bag as I started putting things away. “Oh, I should try this while he’s napping before Laura gets home from school.”
Loading the DVD player, I grabbed the remote and stepped back to see what this had to offer.
I hit the pause button and started to grab the phone from the charger, only to grab air. “Now where is that thing?”
I could hear it, but not quite sure where it was. I dashed around, looking under things, in things, and finally found it in one of the kids’ toy cars in the corner of the room. By the time I found it, the ringing had stopped. “Oh, well. If it was important, they’ll call back.” I replaced it and went back to the remote. “Now…”
”Ok moms,” a perky blonde in a cute little workout outfit smiled at me as she began doing stretches. “Let’s start with something simple to loosen up.”
I attempted to keep up, but she was going way too fast. I grabbed the remote and hit the slow play button. “Much better.” I moved at a much more relaxed pace, and I didn’t have to hear her chipper voice counting.
“Coming, sweetie.” Well, so much for the nap break. I went to rescue my little man from his playpen prison. “That was a short nap.”
“Poopie, mama.” He just grinned as I caught a whiff of his diaper.
“Let’s get this taken care of, shall we?” I reached for a diaper in changing table to discover that it was empty. “Let’s go find your diaper bag.” We arrived back downstairs to discover I’d left it in the car.
I heard gears shifting and realized that the bus was pulling up outside the house. I glanced at my watch. “Where did the time go? Let’s get your sister.”
Laura bounced down the driveway. “Hi, Mommy. Can I have a snack?”
“Sure, let me finish changing your brother first.”
After setting the kids up with grape juice and animal crackers I started some water for tea. “Rats.”
”What’s wrong, Mommy?”
”I forgot to start laundry when we got back from the store. Watch your brother.”
“Hmm mm,” she mumbled through a mouthful of crackers.
I went back upstairs and tossed a few armfuls of clothes down the shoot to the basement, and lost my race against them by the time I got down there. I loaded the washer and went back upstairs. “Well, I supposed I should start dinner while I’m at it.”
Dinner and laundry finished, dishes in the washer, homework done, kids in bed and husband on the couch, I collapsed on the couch beside him with a couple cookies and some tea in hand.
”Honey, wanna watch a movie?” He went over to the cabinet.
“How about a good comedy?” He hit the eject button. “There’s already something in here. Wanna watch it?”
“That one’s more like a horror movie. Let’s try something a little more realistic, like Fantasia.”
*Fantasia - Disney film, 1940
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