Friday, March 27, 2009


I woke up Monday morning feeling ambitious and energetic, and thought to myself, "Hey! You know what I feel like doing today? exercising!"

Which was suprising, because I can count the number of times in my my entire life I've thought that on one hand.

But I did. I felt like exercising. So I did a very short workout video two mornings in a row, and it pretty much destroyed my will to live, but that's a story for another time. This is a story about Michael.

I went to pick up Michael from preschool Tuesday, and his teacher smiled at me and said, "So. You've been exercising."

It took me a minute to figure out what she was talking about (because really, how much difference can two days of exersicing make?), but I glanced at Michael and he was smiling and nodding and I laughed.

"I heard all about it," she said.

"Well, he's never seen me exercise before," I answered. "It was very new and interesting for him."

("Oh, you usually work out before he gets up?" she surmised.
"...sure," I said.)

But at the time, even though I knew that it was new and interesting, I failed to realize how much he really truly enjoyed the exersicing. It's pretty much the awesomest thing he's ever seen ever. As a matter of fact, I'm pretty sure his list of Awesomest Things I've Ever Seen Ever goes something like:

2. mom exercising
3. Little Einsteins

He has told everyone we have talked to this week about his mom exercising, and I'm starting find it vaguely embarrassing, especially since I've already given up. This morning instead of asking over and over and over again if can PLEASE watch an episode of Little Einsteins, now? how about now? now, please? maybe now would be good! he's been asking when I'm going to exercise, is it time to exercise yet, maybe if he speaks in a nice voice we could all exercise?

dude. EXERCISING IS HARD. If I don't even do it for my own well-being, chances are I'm not going to do it for your amusement.

Yesterday when Louk was over playing, the boys started fighting over a toy. I took it away, made them apologize, then listened as Louk said, "What do you want to do now, Michael?"
and Michael offered, "Hey! I know! You want to watch my mom exercise?"


Kim said...

It is so interesting what kids find amusing- it is a pretty funny story! Who would have thought : )

Ashley said...

Michael's last comment kills me.

I can only dream about not working out and having your body. You are so fortunate. The "Ott" genes work a little differently.

Jess said...

Agreed! I would love to not try to keep my butt at a minimum! Still trying to loose the last 15 lbs of baby weight... sigh.

Megan & Trever Ford said...

Lets just say it would really be a show at my house with fat flying all over and body parts a-shakin'. But I love that Michael wants to see you work out. There is where you went wrong sister, never let little kids see you do something that they will want to do if you absolutely don't want to do it.