How many calories pushing a baby.........?
Thursday, July 21, 2011
We had a substitute instructor at our River Fitness class. She must have been afraid she wasn't going to work us hard enough. Whew! She whipped us into a lather (in water...that's NOT easy to do!). Then upstairs to lift some weights, floor exercises, the track. But...man, I'm tuckered out already. And that baby is crying, crying, crying. I overheard mom say she couldn't stay long enough to make child care worth the $$. I can't lift weights with a baby crying!
So I strolled over and said, "Could I do something for your baby so you could exercise?" (I'm NOT a grandma, it's been 27 years since I had a baby...what the heck could I do?!! But I thought it was worth a try). She said, "Would you like to push her around the track?" SURE! 28 times around the track, in fact. (that's only 2 miles...it's a small track)
We live in a rural community where people feel safe handing their child off to a strange (and I do mean STRANGE), unknown woman to push around the track in a ...what do they call these things now? Baby carriage? Nah?? Probably an Infant Transport Vehicle....ITV. lol While I was reflecting on my own "young mother of a fussy baby" days, a frantic thought passed my mind. That mother might leave and go to another state while I was pushing the ITV! There were days (months? years?) when I would have, given the chance. "I don't know how to fix a little girl's hair...what if she never comes back for her baby!!!!"
So I walked very quickly (racing the guy across the track even tho he didn't know it) and the baby fell asleep. And I walked 2 more miles than I'd planned. I can't find "Pushing ITV super-fast" on the fitness tracker though! And I forgot to turn on my heart rate monitor. Oh well, the baby (whoever she is) quit crying and my heart starting pounding. Win/Win! Ya gotta love a small town!