Okay, so I am going to bear my soul a little here. This isn’t easy for me…but here it goes… I know many of you are wondering…Why is she posting all the time on Facebook? Why is she taking pictures of every salad she eats and every workout she accomplishes? Why is she posting motivational quotes all over the place and sharing recipes and nutrition tips?
Is it because I’m narcissistic? I’d like to think not. Is it because I like to take selfies? Not really (but I do have to admit, they are kind of fun). Is it because I think I know everything there is to know about fitness and nutrition? Hell no!
Because I freakin’ love it! Because I love what this experience has done for me and I want to share it with the world! It’s not about the fact that I can fit into my favorite pair of skinny jeans (although, I will admit, that is an awesome feeling). It’s not about the fact that I finally, after 16 months of trying, have reached my pre-baby weight (although, again, I’m not complaining). And it’s not about the fact that my arms look more toned than they ever have (but I will say that I don’t mind looking at those muscles in the mirror while I’m fixing my hair).
I have gotten so much more out of this fitness journey than just physical results! There are some transformations you can see…and some you can’t.
If you recall, in my very first blog post I said: It’s about the journey, not the destination.
ME! Right here! I am living proof that there is so much truth in that! I feel good on the INSIDE. I feel good on the inside because I am putting good food and good nutrition in my body. I feel good on the inside because I’m taking care of myself from the inside out! I’m exercising, I’m learning, I’m sharing what I know and being honest about what I don’t know.
Does this sound selfish? It’s all about me, me, me, right? Selfies and what I know and what I look like. To some of you , it may seem that way. But, to me, it sounds like a mom who has decided to take care of herself. It’s not selfish for me to take care of myself, to spend an hour in the morning doing a workout at home or prepping a week of meals on Sunday for me to take to work. In fact, it’s the opposite!
It would be selfish for me NOT to do these things! Not only am I giving my children the gift of example – the example of living a healthy lifestyle, of exercising, of taking care of yourself – but I am also, ultimately, giving them the gift of me, their mom.
When I take care of myself, I feel better. When I feel better, I have more energy. And when I have more energy, I can play with my kids, chase them in the park and roll around with them on the floor. I have energy to run races with my husband and do crossfit with him , to spend a little extra time cooking meals for my family and I even have the energy and desire to set my alarm for 5AM to get my workout in before everyone wakes up. (And, I’d just like to say, I used to be a person who would absolutely not get up until 10AM.)
Our society puts so much pressure on women in general, and mothers in particular, that we need to take care of everyone else. We need to take care of our families and put our children first, we need to Pinterest the hell out of every party we throw and every snack we bring to preschool and that we need to do all the laundry, make sure the floors are shiny and make sure dinner is on the table by 6 every night.
And if we aren’t doing those things, if we take an hour away from our kids to workout or get a pedicure, we are ridiculed. We are talked about. We are criticized externally AND internally.
The thing is, if I don’t take care of myself, I can’t take care of anyone else.
If I take care of myself, I will live longer. If I live longer, I will have more time to enjoy everything life has to offer and I will be here to watch my kids grow up.
I am NOT the same person I was back in October when I started this new chapter in my life. I have purpose. I have meaning. I have the “why”
So…back to the main question…WHY?
(in no particular order)
for my kids
for my family
for my physical health
for my emotional health
because I want others to learn what I’ve learned and feel good
because I want to share what works
because I want to share the tools you need to live the healthiest version of your life that you can
because I want to see you get results
I want to hear from you! What have you been working towards? But more importantly, WHY are you doing it? Comment below!
Book Recommendation: Start With Why by Simon Sinek