(As contributed to http://www.ThisFitsMe.com on 7.28.14)
When we finally decide that we want to start getting active and be healthier to not only take better care of ourselves, but also our families, we begin to realize that we face many challenges as busy mommies.
You vs. You
Sometimes we get in our own way. We talk ourselves out of a workout out because we are tired from working all day at the office or at home taking care of the kids. Then we talk ourselves right into a heaping bowl of ice cream because we can “start again tomorrow.” Besides, it’s easier to scoop ice cream in a bowl than it is to make a hearty salad, right?
Easy doesn’t get you healthy. You have to work hard, push through the challenges of life and know you are worth the struggle.
You are Not Alone
Starting the journey can be very difficult, but if you have a support system to help you through it all, you will be more successful. Find a friend, a co worker, someone at your church, an online buddy, someone that will workout with you. You can encourage each other and share your successes.
Having an exercise partner can keep you accountable and committed to your goals. Having someone to answer to increases your fitness achievements.
Cheating is Ok
To keep me sane, I always include one (maybe two) cheat meal in my weekly meal plan. I have it every Friday night to coincide with date night with the hubs.
A cheat meal gives me something to look forward to each week and it allows me to have my “naughty food” fix. Once I have my special meal, all my cravings are curbed.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up
We all have our moments of weakness where we give in to those temptations that can get us off track- that slice of greasy pizza at the office party, the endless cupcakes at your kids’ birthday party or that two liter bottle of cola calling your name from the fridge.
No worries, if you slip up, don’t feel sorry for yourself. Don’t give up on your goals. Commit to be stronger when faced with temptation again. Take one day at a time and know you have what it takes to reach your goal to live a fit and healthy life.
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