You know those days when you feel like “just a mom”. Those days you feel like when you look in the mirror you all you see is tired eyes, crazy hair and an unattractive SAHM. Those days when dressing up means putting on a clean pair of yoga pants. Where you chase around a wild little person, cook, clean and do laundry. Yes that’s how I feel sometimes. BUT then I sit down and remember, I am not JUST a mom, I am a mom to most beautiful little creature. I do look in the mirror and see tired eyes and crazy hair, but if I remember correctly it just comes with the territory, and that’s okay. Dressing “up” does means clean yoga pants, and if you are lucky you will even get to see me wear jeans. I do chase around a little person all day (it’s good cardio), I cook healthy meals for my family, I clean (which purpose is sometimes defeated) and give everyone some clean clothes once in a while. But I am lucky. I am lucky to have a wonderful husband and beautiful, sweet little girl.
What makes me have enough energy for all of this? Exercise and a clean diet. Being a stay at home mom isn’t just sitting around watching movies with my baby all day, gabbing on the phone to my friends. It is literally a 24/7 job, no weekends or holidays off. My game face is always on. Even with so many things to cram into a day, I ALWAYS find time to workout. What works best for me is working out in the morning. I put my exercise clothes on before Bean goes for a nap, and once she’s down, it’s mamas “quiet” time. Out come the dumbbells and I have one hour to myself to sweat, pump some iron, stretch and relax. Yes I said relax. For one hour my mommy duties are put on hold….every single one of them. No dirty bums to change, faces to wash or laundry to fold. After my workout I whip up a quick protein smoothie to power me through until lunch. Make yourself a priority. Make being healthy and strong a priority. Every single women deserves this.
I know, I know, not all of you have babies, but it makes no difference. If you don’t have babies, you probably have a job (I mean keepers of the home too). Before you day gets carazay, workout before work. This way it ensures that a “bad day” doesn’t ruin your workout. Trust me, I know what it’s like. You get home from work, and you “owe” it to yourself to relax for 30 minutes, which turns into an entire night on the couch, doing zip! Go to bed earlier, wake up earlier, eat a quick snack and workout. I find working out, sets the precedent for the day. I am less likely to stray with my eating habits and make excuses for skipping an after work gym sess.
Life has a tendency to get in the way… A LOT. If you let it. It is tough when you have so many other responsibilities, but being healthy is a responsibility. And the only one you can hold accountable is yourself. So stop making excuses in your head why you don’t have time, and make time. If you have to wake up at 5:30 before the rest of your fam is awake, then do it. If you have to workout after the kiddos go to bed, then do that. If you have to get a friggin baby sitter than by all means do that too. Making an hour to exercise 3-5 times a week can help keep you sane, and be an even better mama (imagine that :)), friend, wife, husband, girlfriend, daughter or whatever you may be!
Don’t make excuses for health. It goes for eating too. You have time to make healthy food if you make time. Involve your kids, involve your husband, or involve your friends. Whatever makes you do it, well then do it! If you have to cook your meals for work on Sunday for the entire week, then do that. If you want to hire a personal chef, all the power to you. The power is in your hands. Eating healthy also gives me energy. The kind I need to be an energizer mommy! Sugar laden cookies, chocolate bars, pop, donuts or muffins may give you a quick high, but will make you crash and eventually you’ll need more crap to give you that high again. Make today the day where you put you first. Make today that you decide that you will own your responsibility to take care of you the best you can. I know in the beginning you make get teased, ridiculed, asked 3,000,000 times why you are on a diet (and have to explain 3,000,000 that you’re not), judged and whatever else. But in order to be successful you have to put all of those things aside and just do you. Be the best you, you can be.
Wishing everyone a Happy Hump Day!