A friend once said those words to me. The ones about momentum, not going poop.

Momentum Goes Both Ways…

It me hard. I realized just how true that is. I also realized that we can use it to our advantage…or not.

Yesterday, I shared on Facebook and IG that I had FINALLY made it out for a run.

I’d been trying for over a month to get up early, without small humans, so I could go for a run, (Rule #3) alone. (Rule #4) But alas, my small humans have sensors and seem to know the moment my eyes open, and are in my face before I can finish peeing.

(This is going to sound so dumb, but it literally just occurred to me that we have locks on our upstairs bathroom doors. Like JUST THIS SECOND. I am now questioning my IQ– should I admit that? Oh man. I mean, the locks won’t keep them from waking up, or from standing at the door hollering at me, so going to the bathroom still won’t be peaceful…but. Dude. Sorry, just processing all of this. Seriously questioning myself right now. Okay, I’m moving on.)


I managed to get out of bed, pee alone, get dressed, come downstairs, make coffee, but then…


I had the nerve to fill a water bottle to take with me on the run I had been looking forward to for the past hour.

Now might be a good time to mention that I also got to poop alone. Which is why I hadn’t gone for the run first. Gotta get the poop out before running. (More on that in a bit)

That’s when I heard them. Footsteps upstairs. And I knew they were coming for me! Ahhhhhhh! Hurry. Hurry!

Nope. Too late.

Now, I had a choice. A few actually.

But because I like my boys knowing that I exercise, I said, “I’m going to for a run. If you want to come with me you’ll need to go pee RIGHT NOW, put on a sweatshirt and then get in the stroller. Also, you’re not aloud to talk to me. Talk to each other.” (I gave them each a brother for a reason)

“Okay Mommy.”

And it happened. Well, all the way until the stroller part.

I still heard about every squirrel and fire hydrant and was told to run faster the entire time, but we did it. We went for a run. And it felt good!

I was determined. I’d like to say that I’m always determined, but I’m not. However, I KNOW that I never regret a good workout. AND I know that if I just do it, I’m more likely to do again tomorrow. Because…momentum goes both ways!

And today it happened again. I went for a run two days in a row. This time, ALL BY MYSELF! And it was glorious.


There was one issue. A pretty big one. Today, I decided to forgo the pre-run poop in an effort to make it out the door alone, and about five minutes in, I regretted it. I didn’t poop my pants but I was a little nervous.

However, I finished. And I was glad I did it.

As much as you don’t need to know this. I am sitting in the bathroom right now, typing this email/blog, while my children drink their morning milk and watch Bluey. (At least I hope that’s what they’re doing)

Tomorrow, I will try again.

And when I do try again tomorrow, I will poop first. Even if that means I have to push a 100lbs stroller and answer the question “why are you breathing like that?” After acknowledging every fire hydrant and squirrel.

I know that getting started is the hardest part and that if we can stick to it, we reap the benefits. This goes for anything positive in our lives.

Whether it has to do with food and fitness, de-cluttering our house, starting a new job– the list goes on. Getting the ball rolling requires a LOT of mental energy. And it doesn’t take much to bring it to a screeching halt. Ugh. But it’s always worth it.

Momentum goes both ways. I hope your ball is rolling and that you’re using momentum to your advantage