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For a mom looking to start a new fitness routine or create a healthy lifestyle, the two main obstacles are time and energy.
I’ve written already on how to be more efficient with your time and talked about how you can squeeze it in when you can, but to even get there you need E.N.E.R.G.Y.
Of course, the first thing to address regarding energy is sleep, but if you are like many moms how much sleep you are getting is out of your control. However, if you aren’t getting as much sleep as you could be getting (honestly), you really should check yourself!
Here are 3 things you can control that will help you get your energy back.
I'm going to use an analogy here, so stick with me for a second...
As a parent you wouldn't want your kids teacher to just give them the text book and say "good luck." Right?
You also wouldn't want the teacher to just give them all the answers to the test either. Would you?
You want your kids teachers to actually teach them something, right??
When we think getting fit, toning up, losing weight we think about (and then get overwhelmed by) the big things…
The right workout - strength training, HIIT, cardio… what’s best?
Finding the time to work out… how often is best?
Eating healthier, meal planning…
To an already overtired, overworked, and overwhelmed mom this can be paralyzing!
I know because I’ve been there AND I’ve seen it time and time again with my clients.
Take a step back!
Sometimes it’s the littlest things that can make all the difference!
You just want to lose the baby weight, feel strong, healthy and comfortable in your skin again, and get your energy back.
So you think you have to...
Spend hours doing cardio, cut your calories to the bare minimum only to feel MORE exhausted all the time….
Then you turn to teas, X, Y, Z diet, patches pills...
NOPE... Here come a jump through my screen and shake a little bit of sense into you moment.
As busy moms we are always in the pursuit of this elusive “balance.” This idea that, if we do it right, we can juggle it all without dropping any of the balls…
That’s is all just BS! It’s impossible!
You will drop the balls…. All the balls if you aren’t careful.
Or you are so focused on not dropping the balls that you aren't really LIVING your life.
"Just eat when you are hungry.” I’m sure you’ve heard this advice before.
This might be the health and fitness related “advice” that draws the biggest eye roll from me.
It does not work with mom life!
Let me paint a picture for you...
Let’s put to the idea that you need more time to get in a good workout to bed for good! It’s not about having more time. It’s about being more efficient with the time you have (and being honest about with yourself about the time you have).
Exercise is a punishment for eating “bad foods”
You can earn food by exercising.
They are so deeply ingrained that I with nearly everyone I coach I need to untrain these behaviors…. heck even I catch myself having these thoughts and have to check myself.
These ideas are even subtly integrated into apps like MyFitnessPal where you earn more calories toward you daily calorie goal with added movement.
The ONLY way you can move forward toward creating a sustainable healthy lifestyle is to free yourself from this line of thinking.
Exercise as punishment and food as reward are the antithesis of healthy habits. Every day becomes a battle, even an obsession.
Both exercise and nutrition are important!
Exercise is not a punishment for eating bad foods! Exercise it’s so valuable for the body and the mind, it builds muscles, increases your metabolism, your blood flow, improves your mood, decreases stress...I could go on an on. These benefit (especially the mental ones) increase dramatically when you let go of this “punishment idea.”
Food is not the enemy. Food is the fuel (the energy source for your body). It’s the fuel for your muscles, your brain, it helps keeps your hormones in balance. Yes, some food choices may be better than others, but you don’t need to earn it, or punish yourself for enjoying it. That my friends is a dangerous and very slippery slope.
Again! The ONLY way you can move forward toward creating a sustainable healthy lifestyle is to free yourself from this line of thinking.
Here’s the thing. I make it sound easy, but I know it’s not. These two rules are simple for sure, but untraing and even uncovering some of you underlying ideas and behaviors takes time. As I mentioned this idea is something I coach all my clients through.
I’d love to do that with you by inviting you to a have a little strategy session with me. Jump on over to my calendar to book a chat with me. Its free..there's no obligation. The best part of my job is connecting with you and seeing how I can help!
One of the biggest obstacles that all the busy moms face is finding time for themselves. Whether that’s time to use the restroom alone or take a shower without somebody needing something, or the time to work out, read a book, have a real conversation with friends… anything that make you feel like you again. With the never ending to do list and the needs of everyone else, it’s HARD!
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