Priority #1

Life will always be full of priorities, and it is up to you to choose which ones come first and which come last on your list. YOU should be first on your list. Like the saying goes, you have to take care of yourself before you can take care of others. We are mothers, wives, husbands, fathers, partners, students, full-time employees, business owners, caretakers, stay at home moms and millions of other things, so it is hard to do everything and be PERFECT. As a mom I had to let go of perfect if I wanted to make myself a priority. If I wanted to work out during Beans morning nap, the laundry would have to wait along with the dishes. Which I am a little OCD when it comes to having a clean house before I can even begin to workout or do anything else. BUT this had to change, and it did over time. Once my workout was done I had so much more energy to do the things I put aside.

I found myself feeling guilty the other day, my husband was at home with my daughter, and I was heading to the gym. I always love when I can get to the gym, but for some reason guilt had come over me. I felt like I should be at home spending time with the both of them, as a family. But what I had to realize that I was making me a priority and didn’t need to feel any shame for that. I am taking care of me so I can take of my family to the best of my ability. I don’t make health and fitness a priority for the sake of what I look like on the outside. I do it because of how it makes me feel and keeps me sane (most of the time). I am strong, I am healthy, I can keep up with my baby, I can keep up with my family, I can set a good example for my little girl and most of all I am happy with myself. I don’t drag my a$$ all day because I have no energy, I don’t have to drink coffee, I don’t eat my feelings, I take care of myself.  Did it take a while to get to this point, definitely, it certainly didn’t happen over night. Do I treat myself every now and then, absolutely. I LOVE cookies, yes the kind with all the bad stuff, but I only eat one every few weeks if even. I used to designate a certain day where I could have a cheat, but I got to the point where I eventually got my eating under control and didn’t want to have a treat (this day will come :)).

This doesn’t apply to only moms. It applies to everyone. Everyone has commitments. They should be studying, they should be staying late catching up at work, they should be grocery shopping, doing laundry, and the list goes on. But take one hour a day and do something to make you a priority. Never feel guilty for putting yourself first. Never over commit yourself. If you find yourself overwhelmed with commitments, take a step back and say “no” when you have to. It can be hard, but not taking on too much leaves a little extra time for you. Never sacrifice your health. If a workout isn’t possible, take your kids or dogs with you for a walk. Take a quick study break, do a few push ups, squats and a quick stretch. If you have time to be one Facebook looking at the pictures of everyone’s crazy weekend, you have time for you!

Hope everyone had a great weekend and Family Day. I also want to thank all of my followers for sticking with me while I haven’t been blogging as much. Life gets in the way, but I will never quit, so thanks for sticking it out with me and continuing to read!

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