As moms, we do a great job of taking care of everyone else in our families. Not so much when it comes to taking care of ourselves. We rely on coffee and quick meals and snacks to get through the day. We park close to the store entrance to make it easier to get the kids in and out of the store quickly. We let aches and illnesses go until they interfere with our ability to take care of our families.
Seriously. It doesn’t have to be this way. We are not being selfish when we eat healthy foods and live an active healthy lifestyle. We are setting examples for our kids. Even more importantly, when our quality of life is improved through healthy choices and habits, we can participate more fully in our family’s lives.
Being a healthy and fit mom = better engagement in our family’s lives.
How to Motivate Ourselves
In my opinion, the most long-lasting motivation to be a healthy and fit mom comes from internal reasons like health and managing stress. Many of us don’t have strong enough internal motivations to maintain our healthy changes. We can jump start our internal motivation with external motivation. Here’s some ways to create an internal desire to make healthy changes.
- Doctor’s Recommendation – Sometimes hearing a doctor recommendation a drug to manage your cholesterol motivates you to try lifestyle changes first.
- Workout buddies – Join a club, find like minded friends, join a team, try a virtual group.
- Accountability partner.
- Internal – better health and reduce stress.
- Food Diary
- Fitness Journal
One Tool for Staying Motivated: Fitness Journal
Around the time I started physical therapy for my ankle issues, I decided to put together a fitness journal for myself. I knew how much I would struggle with depression and food choices while I waited for my feet to heal before running again. After I severely sprained my left ankle in January, I barely exercised let alone stretched and strengthened my body. I also gained 8 lbs.
This time, my injury healing needed to be different. I set myself a goal of working on stretching and strengthening. These components are part of my physical therapy. As a runner, I knew stretching and strengthening would reduce my chances to injure myself again.
I created a weekly fitness journal page, and had my page copied and comb-bounded into a spiral journal at Staples. I wrote down reminders for everything I needed to do to ensure I didn’t forget any part of my routine.
As of today, I’ve lost 5 lbs. I am running better when I do my workouts. I have one more physical therapy session since I’ve been steadily improving and I’m about 80% healed. I’m eating better by focusing on fruits and vegetables first every day.
What are your motivations for staying fit and healthy as a mom?
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