She was beautiful, but not like those girls in the
magazines. She was beautiful, for the way she thought. She was beautiful, for
that sparkle in her eyes when she talked about something she loved. She was
beautiful, for her ability to make other people smile even if she was sad. No,
she wasn’t beautiful for something as temporary as her looks. She was
beautiful, deep down to her soul.
Being in the fitness industry my work could easily be
assumed to be superficial or even vain. But I have reason to believe my work
really relates deep down to the core of every women’s heart & soul. It’s
who we are, who we aspire to be and often the person we encourage others to be
become. You see fitness is so much more than just the way we appear on the
outside, it’s the way we feel about ourselves on the inside. It can provide us
with the confidence to hold our head high in a crowd or hide under the covers
in the privacy of our bedroom. It’s important not just because we want to look
good but because we want to feel good.
The first time I read the above passage I had to slow down
and take it all in. It spoke to a part of my soul that was so much deeper than
the superficial/temporary depiction of what our cultures expectation of women
is thought to be. After reading I couldn’t help but feel this women was not
just a women well-liked by others but also adored by her family. She was a
woman that carried herself with a since of dignity knowing she loved and was
loved. Have you ever dreamed of being this women? Think about it, what would that
I imagine this woman to be a woman that gets it. She gets
that her days on this earth are numbered and the time she spends with her loved
ones must be spent well. I imagine that she understands the difference between
quality and quantity; and desires to make the most out of every opportunity.
Finally, I imagine her to be a woman that desires to leave her family with much
more than the temporary things the world has to offer but a legacy that they
themselves can take hold of and adopt as their own.Have you given that much thought? What kind of
legacy would you like to leave your family? If you were to leave this
world today, what would your legacy be? That’s a big responsibility and can
definitely feel heavy at times.
Let's consider the alternative. Imagine what would
happen if you didn’t take care of your health. Imagine your health declining,
high blood pressure and cholesterol, two things that take a toll on your energy
and your ability to enjoy your family. Weight gain, maybe only a few pounds a
year but after several years your body’s ability to recover from sickness or
regular activity becomes more difficult. Doctor’s visits for an unhealthy
lifestyle or uncontrolled health issues create unplanned health expense. With
added expenses, increased stress and our list can go on, on, on. Your health is
much too important to ignore. Mommies must take care of themselves. If we don’t
take care of ourselves, no else can. It’s much too important not make a
healthy lifestyle a priority.
Next, let’s consider the possibilities of making a healthy
lifestyle an important part of your regular routine. Exercise alone releases endorphins
into your blood stream that make you feel better. As you continue your
exercise, your new active lifestyle encourages other healthy behaviors such as
improved diet, regular sleeping habits, and weight loss. As you experience these
positive effects you begin to feel good about yourself. Your confidence
improves and you begin to like the women you are and see in the mirror. Finally, when
you begin to feel the positive effects of taking care of yourself, you naturally respond to the hearts desire to take better care of others. When your “love cup” is full, it spills over on to those that surround you.
and our families’ future build a strong case for why it's so important to take
a proactive approach to our health and start making changes now. Each positive
healthy behavior you adopt improves your quality of life now and adds years to
your life down the road. In addition, it improves your energy, improves your
outlook on life, and helps you gain confidence in areas you may not have thought possible.
So let’s talk about a few easy way you can incorporate
health into your current lifestyle. 1. Strive to drink 64 fluid ounces of water a day. 2. Plan for 30 minutes of physical activity a day. 3. Make family activities recreation center instead
of centered around food. 4. Learn to read food labels. 5. Increase protein consumption to 1g of protein
per a pound of body weight. 6. Recruit the help of family, a friend or a
fitness professional to hold you accountable. 7. Make your new way of life an opportunity to teach
your kids about how to take care of their health. 8. Focus on fruits and vegetables for snacks and
fillers. 9. Limit the number of days you eat out at
restaurants. 10. Stay away from processed foods, preservatives
and fillers. 11. Make Time to Take Care of MOMMY!!!
I can’t express with more urgency how important it is
for Moms to take care of themselves. This time is so important for you and even important for your children. Kids gain powerful insights into adulthood just
by witnessing the things mom and dad make a priority.
Moms that take time out for themselves teach their kids three vital
lessons that will influence their perspective; 1. Role modeling a healthy lifestyle gives your children a practical application of what a healthy lifestyle should look like. 2. Taking time out for yourself teaches your kids that life does not revolve around
them. An important life lesson about the way the world works. 3. Mommies (and Daddies) are better mommies when we
take care of ourselves. Once you've taken a little time out for yourself, your heart is full and more incline to be open to others.
So take some time out for yourself. Do a careful self-evaluation
and keep changes simple. Improving your health is a process. It won’t happen overnight
but in time the reward is well worth the wait.