I’m not a mom (yet), but for those of you who are, I would imagine your day goes something like this…
Wake up, wake the kids up, get them ready for school, pack their lunches, make breakfast for everyone, drop the kids off at school, drive to work – all before 8 AM I’m sure…Get to work, get slammed during your 8-10 hour shift, take a lunch break – if you’re lucky – drive home, get the kids ready for soccer practice, come home and cook dinner for everyone, get the kids bathed, calm them down before bed and tuck those little boogers into bed…then before you know it, it’s 8/9 o’clock and it’s time to finally shower yourself, only to climb into bed and do it all over again.
Maybe you’re a parent, and your kids have grown and moved out, but you’re still working full time and just find yourself exhausted after working all day. Working out seems like such a task, almost like it’s homework. But by the time you get home, cook dinner for you and your spouse, feed the dogs and take some time to relax and catch up on a show, it’s time for bed again and you wake up only to do it all over again.
Maybe you’re not a parent at all, but you work full time. You work 10-11 hour work days, with a 1 hour commute each way and the only time you really have to do anything at all, it’s 7 o’clock at night by the time you get home. Now it’s time to do the dishes your husband left for you in the sink from cooking breakfast that morning, cook your own dinner and do those dishes and maybe scrap some meals together to take with you to work the next day, if you haven’t been awesome enough to do meal prep over the busy weekend. Time for bed yet? Almost…
See a pattern here?
Whether you’re a mom or not, maybe these crazy busy days described above still apply to you in some way, shape or form. As moms, wives, caretakers, and most of us having to work full time, it’s natural for us to feel the need to take care of other people, other motherly/wifely “duties” FIRST. That’s our natural tendency as women, and it should be! But it’s also our natural tendency to then put ourselves (and our health) on the back burner in the process. And on that note, I have one piece of advice…
MAKE YOURSELF A PRIORITY!
We obviously have responsibilities and obligations as parents, as wives, as bread-winners, etc. and of course it’s incredibly important to be there for your kids, your spouse, your family and your friends. But if you’re reading this, trying to think of the last time you did something “healthful” for yourself, I’m challenging you to BE SELFISH!
Whether it’s directly fitness related or not, I’m challenging you to do SOMETHING EVERY DAY that is FOR YOU. If that means, taking 10 minutes and just sitting in alone in a quiet room while you just breath – DO IT! If that means waking up just 30 minutes earlier so you can start your morning doing some yoga and stretching – DO IT! If that means investing in some gym equipment so you can work out 20 minutes a day after your kids go to bed – DO IT!
One thing I love to preach to people and remind them of, is it’s OK to be selfish, especially when it comes to your health. Do not put yourself and your health on the back burner, just because you’re busy serving other people, and doing other things. What about yourself? If you don’t have your health in the long run, what’s really the point??
There’s ALWAYS time to dedicate to your health, if you make your health a priority. You will make it work and you will MAKE THE TIME, if it’s really important to you! You got this!
If you’re struggling on how to get motivated to get back in the gym and back on track, check out my article “How to Stay Motivated” here.