Thursday, October 10, 2013

A Beautiful Mess, My Thoughts on Why Mommies Should Take Care of Themselves.

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 look like?

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.
Confidence, character 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.

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