Maintaining good physical and mental health is very important for all women. We balance so much in our everyday lives, particularly those of us that are mothers. In spite of the fact that most of us very strongly self-identify with the likes of Superwoman, truthfully, it is very difficult for us to take care of others when we do not first take care of ourselves.
My beautiful daughter, whom I am head over heels in love with and who I am certain loves me dearly, has a habit of pointing out one of my biggest flaws and insecurities. After two children, like many moms, I still have the remnants of carrying my little people – a not-so-cute pooch in my tummy. I’m well aware of the fact that I could probably have gotten rid of it by now, but, I have a bit of a motivation problem when it comes to exercise… I’m simply not motivated to do it. More specifically, my problem is this: I’ve been thin pretty much all of my life and now that I am over 30 (don’t tell anyone) and two kids in… I actually have to work at being in shape and maintaining the figure that I desire. Ugh not cool. In my former life, I was a very active person. These days, I find it hard to do much more than work, do chores and run after my children.
It is so easy to find an excuse as to why I don’t have the time to take care of me. And just to be clear, it is not always a lame excuse, sometimes it’s just my reality. But, I’ve decided that this has to change.
I recently invested in an exercise video/program called Hip Hop Abs (Sidenote: this is NOT a review, I’m not being paid to write this post, I’m simply sharing my thoughts with you). I used to dance a little, so, this is a fun way to get me moving again and doing something that I can enjoy and look forward to. Did I mention that I don’t love traditional exercise? Oh… just making sure. Miss Honeybun agreed to be my workout partner and we started the videos this past weekend. I admit, it’s been really fun, but, I definitely still need to get my head into the game.
So, to find my motivation, I’ve considered the top 5 reasons that I need to commit to a regular exercise regiment.
#5 – It’s a fact that regular physical exercise can improve your current and future health in many ways. I definitely want to be around for my family as long as possible. I don’t want my time to be cut short for something as simple as lack of exercise.
#4 – In addition to making you healthier, regular exercise makes you look and feel better. A body in motion tends to stay in motion right? LOL! After a good workout, I feel good and I feel good about myself… that’s definitely motivation.
#3 – My husband works out constantly and he’s looking so good that it’s starting to make me look lazy… oops, I mean bad. He is completely devoted to his workout routine (in fact, this is part of the reason that I sometimes can’t find the time to workout… honestly – he usually works out early in the morning and the baby boy child cannot be told what time to wake up/stay asleep… someone has to be on duty). It’s simply time for me to get on board.
#2 – I have too many great dresses and other pieces in my wardrobe that simply aren’t working well with the pooch. It’s seriously time to face the challenge and get things under control. I’m not being too hard on myself, because I recognize that this didn’t happen overnight. However, I do recognize that things will never be “better next summer” if I don’t start doing something about it now.
#1 – I love my Honeybun and I’m a mom, so I do have thick skin, but sheesh… I’m a little tired of that girl talking about me. I have got to get this under control and nip this thing in the bud. I’ll definitely be better for it! 😉
Just to be fair, I have to tell you that my baby writes me love notes every day and tells me that she loves me just the way I am (after having told me that I need to exercise). Even still, I know that getting serious about my health is the right thing to do for all of us. I hope everyone reading this will become serious about yours too!