Daisy and the Kettlebell

Daisy came into our lives at a time when I really needed her. I knew she was mine as soon as I got out of the car and saw the litter. When I asked her if she wanted to come home with us, she barked at me and stood up. I’m not even kidding. Just like Sully, she has fit seamlessly into our lives. She is our protector puppy. I call her my Mommy Dog because she is always concerned about what everyone is doing and with keeping everyone safe. Especially Grace. That little Corgi has attached herself to my daughter like Grace is her puppy. Daisy goes with me to get Grace up in the morning, and will greet Grace before she bothers saying hi to anyone else in the family. While Grace isn’t always a fan of the attention, Daisy doesn’t care.

This was one of those days when I really needed to multi-task. After an amazing zoom call with my Mommy Millionaire training group, I knew I had to get Grace from school, get everyone organized and fed, somehow fit in a workout and then go back to work for the second half of my day. Some days it’s just that way, it’s like controlled chaos.

The easiest way to get a quick workout on these days is to do something in my room while Grace gets a bath. It’s the easiest way to multi-task by getting my workout accomplished and keep an eye on her in the tub. Problem solved right? Not so much when you have a puppy that has to always be in the mix. Because on these days the most efficient workout is typically a HIIT workout. Those high intensity interval workouts are a total killer and they’re fast. A 10-minute kettlebell workout is sure to leave you breathless and sore the next day.

So that was my plan. I grabbed my kettlebell, set up the bath and got to work. Alternating kettlebell swings and sumo high pulls while Grace was in the tub cheering me on (it’s always good to have a cheering section when the workout makes you want to quit about a minute in), and Sully was having a bone nearby.

I don’t know what happened with Daisy. Maybe she thought the kettlebell was a ball she could catch in her mouth, maybe she thought I was going to play with her using the kettlebell, maybe she just had some excess energy and needed her own workout. Regardless, every time I would go to swing the bell, Daisy would try to jump in the air. Obviously that’s not safe, so the workout turned into swings, high pulls, and puppy deference so I could keep her safe.

What a mess. But that’s how it goes some days with my circus! The absolute kicker was after I finished this kicker of a workout, Grace told me “Hold on Mommy, I can’t get out of the tub yet, I have to work out.” She proceeded to lift one arm above her head, lower it down and then told me “Ok Mommy, I’m done, I can go nap now.” And nap she did (and Daisy did too).