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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Sport or Fitness (02/15/07)

TITLE: The Busy Mom Workout
By Shari Armstrong


“Excuse me, ma’am? Are you busy?”

Looking around, I noticed a young woman standing behind a table stacked with videos and DVDs. Am I busy? When am I not? I moved the bag with the loaf of bread further from the grasp of my son in the cart, distracting him with a cup of juice. “I have a few minutes. Why?”

”Well, I’ve co-produced what my partner and I believe to be the perfect workout video for busy moms. We are offering a few moms a promotional copy to view. After you’ve had a chance to try it for a week,” she picked up a postcard, “simply fill out a few questions and drop this pre-paid postcard in the mail. Keep the video as our gift.”

“Hmm.” I picked up a copy of the video and looked at the back. “I’ve been meaning to get in shape. This might be just what I need.”

The young lady smiled. “I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.”

* * * * *

“Here you go. You take a little nap, while Mama puts stuff away.” I put him down in his playpen and then went to haul in the rest of the groceries. The video fell out of the bag as I started putting things away. “Oh, I should try this while he’s napping before Laura gets home from school.”

Loading the DVD player, I grabbed the remote and stepped back to see what this had to offer.


I hit the pause button and started to grab the phone from the charger, only to grab air. “Now where is that thing?”


I could hear it, but not quite sure where it was. I dashed around, looking under things, in things, and finally found it in one of the kids’ toy cars in the corner of the room. By the time I found it, the ringing had stopped. “Oh, well. If it was important, they’ll call back.” I replaced it and went back to the remote. “Now…”

”Ok moms,” a perky blonde in a cute little workout outfit smiled at me as she began doing stretches. “Let’s start with something simple to loosen up.”

I attempted to keep up, but she was going way too fast. I grabbed the remote and hit the slow play button. “Much better.” I moved at a much more relaxed pace, and I didn’t have to hear her chipper voice counting.


“Coming, sweetie.” Well, so much for the nap break. I went to rescue my little man from his playpen prison. “That was a short nap.”

“Poopie, mama.” He just grinned as I caught a whiff of his diaper.

“Let’s get this taken care of, shall we?” I reached for a diaper in changing table to discover that it was empty. “Let’s go find your diaper bag.” We arrived back downstairs to discover I’d left it in the car.

I heard gears shifting and realized that the bus was pulling up outside the house. I glanced at my watch. “Where did the time go? Let’s get your sister.”

Laura bounced down the driveway. “Hi, Mommy. Can I have a snack?”

“Sure, let me finish changing your brother first.”

After setting the kids up with grape juice and animal crackers I started some water for tea. “Rats.”

”What’s wrong, Mommy?”

”I forgot to start laundry when we got back from the store. Watch your brother.”

“Hmm mm,” she mumbled through a mouthful of crackers.

I went back upstairs and tossed a few armfuls of clothes down the shoot to the basement, and lost my race against them by the time I got down there. I loaded the washer and went back upstairs. “Well, I supposed I should start dinner while I’m at it.”

* * * * *

Dinner and laundry finished, dishes in the washer, homework done, kids in bed and husband on the couch, I collapsed on the couch beside him with a couple cookies and some tea in hand.

”Honey, wanna watch a movie?” He went over to the cabinet.


“How about a good comedy?” He hit the eject button. “There’s already something in here. Wanna watch it?”

“That one’s more like a horror movie. Let’s try something a little more realistic, like Fantasia.”

*Fantasia - Disney film, 1940

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Glorey Wooldridge02/23/07
heh heh - I thought this was a great piece with all too familiar truth. Our girls are in their teens now, but I sure remember thinking that somehow,on some days we literally skipped hours.
Faulty clocks????
Julie Arduini02/23/07
I'm active with the Mothers of Preschoolers ministry and I can just hear all the tired moms saying amen. We want to exercise in the worst way and yet our daily work outs get in the way. You portrayed that perfectly. Thank you for an entertaining read!
Joanney Uthe02/24/07
I really liked this. I don't think she really needed a workout anyway -- her life is a workout. Great job.
Sue Dent02/24/07
Okay, while this was classic and great. I just knew you were going to end it with her saying to his, "want to watch a comedy," "HA, there's already one in there!"

I think you could almost put this up and let people add their own endings. What fun! How real!! You could make you're own Mommy exercise video . . . if you could find the time!!! LOL

This made my day!
Jacquelyn Horne02/24/07
I loved this! Good writing, fun read and all of the above.
Allison Egley 02/24/07
Hehe Too cute. I don't think you need a workout video. You've got your own workout built right in!
Patty Wysong02/24/07
Boy, I wonder why you captured this so well?!? Good job! I'm still snickering...
Brenda Craig02/24/07
After reading this, there is no need for me to exercise. I felt like I exercised right along with you. Fast paced, very realistic to the "Mom Life."

You made me smile all the way through. Even found myself catching my breath at the stairs...lol
Amy Michelle Wiley 02/24/07
Hehe, great story. Yup, I think mom's get a way better workout than any video can give! LOL!
Joanne Sher 02/25/07
So clever, fun, AND accurate! Love the quick pace of this - wonderful!
Jan Ackerson 02/25/07
Awfully clever, and delightfully written. I love it!
Sharlyn Guthrie02/25/07
Yes, I remember those days! Great job with all the details -the lost phone, poopie diaper, etc. I wonder how many postcards got returned!
Tabiatha Tallent02/26/07
I had to LOL on this one. Sounds so familiar! I can't tell you how many of those videos I've got under my bed. A working mom's life is a workout in itself. Thanks for sharing!
Phyllis Inniss02/27/07
Great read and very entertaining. You were worked out alright. Wasted money on the DVD. Splendid writing.
Verna Cole Mitchell 02/27/07
This took me back, way back. Who could ever forget the days with our little ones! Those times live in our hearts forever. Thanks for such a delightful rendering of busy motherhood!
Sara Harricharan 02/27/07
LOL! This was cute and a perfect portrayal of what some VERY busy moms go through 365 days a year! I loved the ending with the 'horror movie' ^_^
Betty Castleberry02/27/07
I LOVE the last paragraph. It makes this piece. You reminded us of what a full plate a mom really has. Well done.
Loren T. Lowery02/27/07
So well done and surely tradiional "exercise" is all really done in the mind anyway - : )
Tiffany Secula02/27/07
Oh so real!! I am here now (well not quite to the school age stage yet) but I so can relate to this! Great Job!!!