For many, today is the 1st day back to the grind. Even if you had to return to the office, I am pretty sure that parents of school age kiddos are doing their happiest dances right about now…
I would bet that a few more Moms are ready to do their happy dances. Tonight, join me in celebrating the BIG REVEAL of the Mamavation Mom finalists! I remember the anticipation and excitement of my Mamavation campaign, and I am elated to support this fabulous batch of applicants. Good luck, ladies!
How are those exercise decisions coming? The gyms are pretty crowded this week, but most people will start to slack off around the same time that their Girl Scout cookie orders arrive. How will you maintain your mojo, and tough it out? How can you make this year different from the past times that you promised to keep at it? Don’t worry; this won’t be a preachy post about working out (I hate those!). I can’t profess to have a foolproof system, but these tiny, simple steps worked for me:
1)MOVE: Just move. Perhaps you are snowed in, or you’re trapped in the office with a major deadline. You cannot allow anything, any situation, to derail your commitment to get in your cardio. If you simply take the stairs, park a longer distance from the door, walk your laundry, or children’s toys to various room, you are giving yourself some very much needed movement. No one wakes up, and immediately has the capacity to run a marathon. The training starts in small steps. You may not run a major race this week, month, or even this year, but you can start by taking steps. Try it. Get up now, and walk around…Be sure to come back, and finish reading this though 🙂
2) DRINK MORE WATER: This is a cheat to help you move, too. If you are drinking enough water, you will have to make more trips to the bathroom. Take the long way from your desk, or wherever you are. Keeping your body hydrated helps your organs to operate properly, flushes toxins from your system, and can prevent you from overeating. Go ahead, and guzzle up!
3) GET CREATIVE: Maybe you recently moved to a new area, or do not have moms around you with similar schedules. How on earth will you find a gym buddy, or time to workout? If your little guy has soccer practice, don’t waste time in the stands of onlookers. Instead, get in your laps around the field. When you take your children to the park, you can use some of the playground equipment in your exercise routines.Some of your favorite famous trainers have DVD’s and Xbox/Wii routines. You can even find free exercise tutorials online. You can create your very own workout routines with various resources, and there are so many online moms groups available to motivate, support, and hold you accountable.
It seems simple, right? Guess what: it really is. The hardest step to take is usually the first one. I know because I have been there. Today, I will take a first step with you. I absolutely abhor indoor kiddie gyms & playscapes! I think that they all smell like feet. UGH! Superkiddo, of course, LOVES them! While he plays his heart out, I will be on the mats & equipment getting my sweat on… I guess that means that I’ll leave that place smelling like sweat AND feet 🙂
Whatever you do today, and wherever you go, please take a few moments to take care of yourself. You are the best Momma that your children will ever have. You cannot give them your best if you’ve worn yourself out. Get motivated. Get moving.
Until next time,