Friday, June 10, 2016
Fitting Health and Fitness into Mom Life
The mom cracks. That's what I've heard people call those little amounts of time in between taking care of the kids, bathing them, making dinner, folding laundry, cleaning the house, doing the finances, and on and on and on. Sometimes I am baffled by how much is on my plate, and yet, the plates keep spinning!!
Sometimes I feel like I could not fit one more thing in or one more commitment. And at times, that may be true. I have read the book, "The Best Yes" by Lysa Terkeurst, and the premise of the book is saying "no" to the things that are less important, so that we have time to say "yes" to the most important things! It was so freeing to read that, because as moms, we often feel the need and obligation to say yes to everything!! And then we wonder why we are exhausted, burned out, and a little bitter at all of our commitments!
But I have found that I do have those "mom cracks." I do have to make certain things a priority, and in doing that, I say "no" to other things. I still make time to watch LOST at night with my husband. I still make time to have people over for dinner. I still have time to do playdates with my close friends and their kids. I can MAKE time for the things that are MOST important!!
A lot of times, I talk to people about their health and fitness, and so many people just can't fit one more thing into their busy schedule! And that is understandable. Even though I don't work outside the home, I homeschool my kids and have my own business from home, plus taking care of the kids, finances, and home. It is overwhelming at times! But I make time for what's most important to ME. I make time for my kid's schooling, because that is high on my priority list. I make time for my business, because I feel it's important for me to do what I can and to try to help our financial situation and work our way out of debt. And I make time for fitness because it's actually an outlet for me to stay sane!! I love to workout, have that time to myself, and the endorphins that are flowing after a workout help fuel my morning!!
There are so many reasons to make fitness a priority, but another huge reason is so that we can be a good example to our kiddos! They are watching everything we do! They see us do our workouts. They ask why we're eating healthy. Then, they start to ask which foods are healthy. And if they can do the workout with you. It's win-win! This is something that I feel should be a priority in our lives as busy moms! You don't have to be a runner. You don't have to do high-intensity cardio. But doing something to work your heart, choosing to feed yourself and your family healthy foods, and choosing healthy options not only benefits you, it will benefit your family for the long run!
If you need help with how to start making healthy choices for your family, how to plan and prep healthy meals and snacks, or how you can start a short, daily workout program so that you can feel better about the skin you're in, then please comment below, message me, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!! I love to help women feel better about themselves and to learn to start making healthy choices!! Let me tell you, it's totally worth it!
Fit Fuel Steph