As a mommy of two, sometimes it can be hard to juggle all of the things that come my way. Between activities, sports, work, meal prepping, bath time, workouts, etc. it can be a bit overwhelming. Any mother can relate. In fact, any NON-mother can relate. We tend to get so busy wrapped up in everything going on around us that we often forget to take care of ourselves.
HOW DO I DO IT? One of the main things that I’ve learned throughout the years is to be a good TIME MANAGER. To-do lists have become my best friend. I’m sure you’ve heard the statement, “I don’t have time, I MAKE time”. How true that is. One of the things that is always on my list of things to do is “workout”. That might mean getting up at the crack of dawn before the kids wake up and before my husband leaves for work to squeeze in a workout. Or it might mean that I have to workout on my lunch break. I just make sure it gets done. So often, it’s easy to feel guilty for leaving your children to take time for YOU. But, then you’ve got to think of WHY you are taking care of yourself in the first place. I know for me personally, it’s because of my children. They are my WHY. I want to be around for them as long as I can and be able to keep up with them.
Another tip that I’ve found helpful for someone who is trying to live a fit life is MEAL PLANNING. If you fail to plan, plan to fail. How often do we forget to lay something out for dinner, so we end up running through the McDonald’s drive through…. again. I’m guilty of it, that’s for sure. When you can plan for the week, it’s much easier to stay on track with your goals. This will also help with time management. If you have a plan of attack and are able to prep your meals earlier in the week, this will save a lot of time and headaches when it’s time to eat. Often enough, I notice when I’m slacking, so does my family. They count on me to lead them in a healthy lifestyle.
SET GOALS. Whether they are long term goals or small weekly goals, having a goal in mind will help you strive for something. I encourage you to write them down and put them some place where you will see them every day (i.e. bathroom mirror, refrigerator, dashboard of your car, etc.). Even if your goal is to drink more water for the week, it is something for you to work towards. I know that this has helped me tremendously in the past. My mother recently told me that if you do not have goals set in life, then you will hit your target every time – which is nothing.
And lastly, LOVE YOURSELF. Realize that YOU are enough. No matter what you may be going through, taking the time to LOVE yourself is crucial. This goes back to what I said earlier about taking time for YOU. In today’s world, it is so easy to get caught up in comparing yourself to everyone else.
You might look at the cover of a magazine and think to yourself “I will never look like that” or listen to the media call your favorite celebrity “fat” when you would love to be her size. Listen, the only person you should be competing with is YOURSELF. Strive to be the best version of YOU possible. If you can do that, then you’ve done your job.
One of my favorite Bible verses clearly teaches us to take care of the body God has given us. In Corinthians 6:19-20 it says “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body.”.
In everything that we do, we must glorify HIM in our bodies. We have ONE chance to treat our bodies like the temples that they are. In Proverbs 31, we are reminded again the importance of training and our purpose for it. “She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.”.
Every time I lack motivation, I remind myself of these verses. Will it be easy? No. Will it be worth it? Absolutely.
BELIEVE and you will ACHIEVE!