How American Gladiators ended a friendship

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While on bed rest for over three months, I picked up a nasty habit – gorging myself on television. The internet, terbutaline, and my husband Jon were my constant companions but TiVo was my best friend. TiVo gave me something to look forward to besides doctor’s visits and ultrasounds. TiVo was always there for me to help me find a way to laugh or cry. I thought things would change when the boys came along, but then Jon and I watched countless hours of TV while feeding babies. When the boys finally started sleeping through the night, we were so exhausted the only thing we could do was veg in front of the TV.

Being a child of the 80s and a newly confirmed couch potato, you can imagine my delight when I heard American Gladiators (AG) was coming back. I ALWAYS wanted to be on AG, but this time around, I’m a twin mom with a full-time job and a husband who travels for work. I have a million reasons why I’m not back in shape yet, and about a bazillion reasons why being on AG is out of my reach.

I’m going to assume you did not watch the season finale. Monica, A TWIN MOM, won the whole shebang. She is going to be a Gladiator next season. During the season finale, she said, “This is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I have twins.” Did you notice how she qualified her statement? She tried to think of the only thing harder than AG and it was TWINS. Maybe it’s because I’m in the trenches of twin toddlerhood (or one might say terrible twos times two), but if a twin mom says something is harder than having twins, that something has to be insanely hard.

Seeing a twin mom win AG opened my eyes. Having young twins, I often think, “I can’t do XYZ because  ______.” Instead of thinking about what I can’t do, Monica has made me think about what I CAN do. She made me realize if I can be a mom to twin toddlers, there’s very little I can’t do if I set my mind to it. I already do so much – being a twin mom takes patience, dedication, energy, physical stamina, creativity, and perseverance – that I’m ready to see what else I can accomplish.

I have no more excuses for being a couch potato. TiVo was my best friend when I needed him, but it’s time to for us to part ways. After so much time giving to my boys, I need to reclaim some of that time to focus on gaining some of me back. I may not end up on American Gladiators, but at least I won’t be sitting around watching other twin moms accomplishing their dreams.

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7 thoughts on “How American Gladiators ended a friendship”

  1. I, too, find it’s easy to come up with excuses for why I can’t do something… “at least not right now.” I shamelessly invoke the old “give me a break, I have x-month-old twins!” But it’s getting old, even to me. I will always have x-month- or x-year-old twins. I can’t put everything else on hold indefinitely!

  2. I totally agree. People are always trying to give me the excuse not to do such and such because I have twins, and I HATE that. I can do what I want. Having twins is NOT a handicap, it is a blessing. YES it takes work, Yes it takes planning, but I can do what I want still. MY big handicap is my period. UGH! That is the excuse I use for not being able to do things.

  3. I have used a DVR to encourage my exercise. My Computer will recored TV shows, so I have it set up in front of the treadmill and record my favorite shows and watch them while I work out. I walk either in the morning or afternoon nap (my twins are 9 months old).

    thanks for the site! :)

  4. It is funny, but since I’ve had the twins, I’m MUCH less likely to say I can’t do something. There are a lot of things I CHOOSE not to do, but many things I can. I CAN push two carts (1 full of kids, the other ful of groceries) through the grocery store and get my shopping done with 3 kids, but I choose to do the grocery shopping when I can leave the kids at home! :)

  5. Great post! I have found myself guilty of the twin excuse. I find it a constant struggle to try new things and go new places with the babies, but I do try. I agree, we can’t put things on hold forever because of twins. They will always be here with new challenges to overcome.

  6. I too have found me pushing myself by reminding me I’m a mom of twins and can do anything now. Like mowing the lawn in 100 degree heat. When I’ve wanted to give up and save the rest for “later” I remind myself I almost doubled my body weight during my pregnancy, managed to breastfeed two babies at the same time and am currently battling the terrible twos times two. I love this newly found super hero feeling.

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