workouts

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).

Grace and the Burpee

I was just wiped. We all have those days. Where the work seems unending, you feel like you’re moving at a million miles a minute and before you know it, the day is over. This was one of those days. I don’t even remember all that I accomplished, but I remember feeling like as soon as my feet hit the floor in the morning, I hit the ground running.

Of course these are the days when Grace decides to not nap, or have a tough day because things aren’t going the way she thinks they should be going, and it just culminates into a rough afternoon. I know you feel that sometimes mamas. Like everything is piling up, there’s no break, and you’re literally counting down the minutes until bedtime because holy moly, you’re just EXHAUSTED. I felt like I had blurry tunnel vision.

Finally the day was winding down. For us, that means a little downtime at the end of the day for Grace where she can watch a TV show before she gets ready for bed. Usually it’s Mickey. That’s the golden ticket right now. I could sing you the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme song along with hand gestures and dancing, but alas, I digress…

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse also means snuggle time. Honestly it’s one of my favorite parts of my day. Because I don’t have a kid who normally snuggles, she’s just too busy playing. I get it, that’s the season we’re in right now. Her business is playing, that’s how she’s figuring out her life.

So I take advantage of snuggle time when we watch Mickey. We get a blankie, she normally has a puppy on her lap and we talk about Mickey as we watch it. Side note, I don’t want this to change as she gets older, I just want it to be us commenting on a more adult television show.

Here I am getting the blankie of her choosing, making sure we’re ready to snuggle, I call Grace over, she walks to the couch and says “Hold on Mommy, I have to workout”. She then proceeds to do a SINGLE BURPEE and then sits down. I mean she went for it. Full burpee with the push up from her toes and then just sat down. Like ok workout done, I’m ready for my Mickey. Frankly I was so astonished and impressed by her form, I asked “Grace can you do that again so Mommy can take a video?” and in true Gracie fashion she tells me “No Mommy, my workout is done.”

I can’t even be mad about it. She listened to her body, did what her body needed and now is getting some well deserved snuggle time before ending her day. 

Grace post burpee looked way more composed than I ever could post burpee.

Grace post burpee looked way more composed than I ever could post burpee.