What would you do if you stopped working out?

“What would you do if you stopped working out?”

Literally, what would you do (with your time).

This very question came to mind the other night.  Sort of popped into my head randomly — or maybe it popped into mind because I was having one of those “I’m too busy, life is going too fast” moments. Between work, commuting upwards of 3+ hours a day, working out, and my husband’s work/school schedule, I’m finding our time together has been fewer and farther between during the week than it used to be.

And for the most part? I’m ok with it. The time we spend together during the week — it’s quality time. We make the most of even two hours together on a Tuesday night (hello delicious glass of wine with dinner while catching up on our days!). Sure, the number of hours I spend at work and commuting to/from work is a giant time suck in my day. But it’s my job, it pays the bills. And sure, Scott has school once per week and bowling once per week — that’s his time and I’d never infringe on that. And yes, a large portion of my time before/after work is spent working out.  But that’s my “me” time…I don’t know what I’d do or where I’d be without it. I protect that time rather fiercely.

So the fact that this question — “What would you do if you stopped working out?” — came to mind the other night really made me stop and think.

What would I do if I stopped working out?

…um, I’m not sure. I think I’d be bored. No, I know I would be. And I’d most certainly not be as happy and joyful — working out brings me such a happy, natural high, and like I said, it’s my “me” time that I cherish so, so, so much. It has shaped who I am today — a happy, confident, strong, fierce friend, sister, daughter and wife.

So yeah, there are some days and weeks where I feel like “life” gets in the way of “life” (if that makes sense), but honestly? I wouldn’t change my life for the world. It’s who I am. It’s shaped me. It’s shaped my relationship with  my husband. We center ourselves very much around living a fit, active, healthy and balanced life together. And I’m damn proud of that fact.
…It’s who I am. It’s who we are.

So to the question: “What would you do if you stopped working out?”

My answer: I wouldn’t.