As moms, we can way too easily bounce between two extremes in life. “I’m fat! I don’t look beautiful!” and ”I am incredible!” “I don’t have time to work out… but I look great!”
As moms, we want to be beautiful, happy, healthy, and in shape. But how do we find the balance between the two extremes?
You are beautiful! Right now. Today as a mom! But we should always be striving to be better. Sometimes, I get stuck, but I know I should always be pressing forward. So I talked with some other moms.
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Mom Talk on Health and Working Out
Why Don’t We Work Out?
Talking with moms, I found two answers:
Trouble Escaping the Kiddos. Stay-at-home moms said they had trouble escaping from the kiddos.
Feeling Guilty About the Time Working moms said they felt guilty for already being gone during the day. Leaving for more time to work out… never seemed to make the priority list.
What is your reason for not working out?
Solve the Work Out Problem
Involved the Kiddos Do workouts that can involve the kiddos. Maybe a family walk.
Wake Up Early or Stay Up Late This way you don’t lose anytime with the kiddos, yet you still get to work out.
Find People on Your Level. It is the worse working out with someone who makes you feel lame about your ability. Find other moms who have the same workout goals as you. Support each other!
Why Don’t We Eat Healthy?
Talking with moms:
We Don’t Have Time! Junk food is quicker and easier.
Temptation is Everywhere! Especially for working moms. Workplaces are often have vending machines filled with bad choices.
Ideas for Healthy Eating
Plan in Advance. Even if you’re not a huge fan of planning things in advance, some semblance of a plan will make it much easier to avoid having tacos or pizza every night… Tell me it’s not just our house.
Make Healthy Snacks Easy. Chips and candy are easy to grab. Make up little bags of carrots, celery, green beans or nuts. Healthy shouldn’t be a hassle option.
You Can Always Have Junk Tomorrow. Sometimes we get into a “Starved” mindset where we feel like if we don’t have the snack now we’ll die. Even putting off the snack from midnight to morning can be helpful.
Choose A Smaller Portion. This one always seems crazy to me. If I chose the junk food, it is because I wanted it. But this really can be a great way to enjoy a little bit of fun without killing your health.
Finally, know you are a beautiful mom right now, without changing anything. For the moment the best thing might be to just relish in that knowledge! But we teach our kids to always try our best so we should too.
There’s a balance… it is tricky and hard to master. Try just one thing this week in either the health or workout category.
Let me know in the comments what you’re going to try! I would love to encourage you!