I had the chance to go for a solo run today (no kids). It wasn’t very far (3 miles). It wasn’t very fast (10:14 pace) but I did have a chance to do some thinking.
Being a mom is hard. Being a mom who has a goal to stay fit is even harder. There are soooo many opportunities for us to put our fitness second to whatever seems the most pressing at the time. I, for one, am guilty of this. If I don’t feel like I’ve gotten done what I want to around the house, or with school then I can’t seem to pull myself away until it’s done only to realize that by the time I get “it” done, I’m too tired or the window of opportunity to workout is gone.
I am also guilty of putting off or cancelling a workout because I feel guilty about leaving my husband with 2 kids (even for 30 min). Even though I know he’s perfectly capable, it’s just my nature to take on the burden of watching the kids myself (I do love my kids, I swear). I think it has to do with my limited ability to ask for help.
On my run today, I thought about all that and how being like that is affecting me as a person, as a wife and as a mom.
We all know the physical consequences of not working out right?! But what about the mental? Many runners will tell you that running is like therapy but it’s free.
It’s time…time to think (or not think if you so chose). But what about the mental implications of not working out?
In my mind, the mental implications can be just as damaging as the physical. It opens the door to self-doubt, lowers your confidence, and can build resentment in your relationship.
It occurred to me today, and I know this isn’t groundbreaking really but it kind of was to me. That…
I’M WORTH IT!
I’m worth taking time away from everything to sweat.
I’m worth learning to just let the laundry sit there and go when the time is right!
I’m worth not feeling guilty that I just walked out on S with two kids, one potentially screaming. He’ll figure it out.
AND YOU ARE TOO!
I don’t care who you are, it’s easy to make excuses. What we need to do is:
Know that you’re worth it. Know what you want to do. Know what you need to do to get there and do it!
If you’re a new mom, heck just a woman with a lot going on, please, please keep this in mind. I don’t care if you have to tattoo it on your arm, you’re worth the effort and the time it takes to stay fit.
Do you ever fall into this trap? Are you good at allocating the time and sticking to it?