Life with two little ones is busy. Finding time to eat, exercise, and invest in yourself can be hard. Sometimes impossible. But really, taking care of ourselves is one of the best gifts we can give to our children. Showing them what confidence, strength, and perseverance look like is such a great example for them to follow!
Eating is the hardest part of this deprivation #momlife triangle for me. It isn’t that I don’t eat or that I diet… it is that I find myself just eating what my kids eat. Instead of taking time to actually prepare “real” food for myself, I munch on crackers while we do puzzles on the floor. I make an extra peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch. I throw a granola bar in my purse to eat while I drive. The list goes on and on. However, I think my worst offense is that I normally find myself eating late at night, when my kiddos are finally sleeping soundly in their beds. It is my opportunity to sit calmly with my husband at the table for 20minutes and enjoy food without distraction. By that time though, I am usually REALLY hungry and eating way more than necessary!
In an attempt to get this last bit of baby weight off, I have started to change my eating habits…. exercise alone wasn’t working. I HATE diets and think they often lead to an obsessive attitude about food. I don’t have an indebted relationship to food, so I am deciding to say that I am just making healthier choices 😉
#momlife tips for making healthy choices:
1. Veggies and Hummus- easy to snack on when necessary, protein, not many calories
2. Prepare food ahead of time and make extra- grill up chicken that you can throw onto a salad or make a healthy meal that you can eat over the course of a few days. Cooking with both my kiddos awake is pretty much impossible, so preparation is a huge deal for me.
3. Throw it out. Get rid of the cookies, granola bars.. really whatever you grab to “get you through.” Force yourself to choose healthier options.
Exercise– the next part of this triangle. This hasn’t been a hard part of this triangle for me. I love to be outside and have a mild addiction to running. Norah and Jonah LOVE fresh air and Big Bob too! Nonetheless, even with my love for being active, I am totally with the rest of the #momlife world- it is SO hard to find the right time to exercise! Between feeding hungry babies, naps, ever-changing schedules, cold weather, and my own laziness- purposefully exercising easily gets put in the “I’ll do it tomorrow category.” We owe it to ourselves to stop finding an excuse and make time to exercise. Doesn’t every mom want to be able to chase her kids in the backyard without gasping for air!
#mom life tips for getting active:
1. Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred: 20 minutes, lots of sweating, RESULTS. You can always find 20 minutes to work out, it still has to be purposeful… but you can find 20 minutes! Naptime, after the kiddos are in bed, or before they wake up… Norah even LOVES to do the work out video with me!
2. Run. Maybe I am partial to running, but I think it is a great time to get the babies outside and still get some “time to yourself” without having to get a sitter. Invest in a running stroller- you’ll thank yourself later.
3. Commit to a class. Do whatever fits you: yoga, cross fit, zumba, spin, etc. If you commit to a class faithfully, you’ll have designated time away for you and you’ll make exercising a habit. Win-Win.
The final piece of the triangle, is to invest in yourself. I think we all struggle with this part! So much of #momlife is spent investing in your kids- physically, emotionally, spiritually. Everyday we pour our lives out, all in an attempt to make our children better people than we are ourselves. It is the best job in the world! But, it is also exhausting and emotional. Even if you are one of those moms that has a super long battery life; at some point, everyone needs a “recharge.” Don’t feel guilty for needing a break, we all do. It makes us better mommas and gives us fresh perspective!
#momlife tips to empower yourself:
1. Get Pampered: get a pedicure, manicure, massage, hair color… anything to make you feel beautiful! You take care of little ones everyday, so let someone take care of you! When you feel beautiful, you feel confident! That is a characteristic we all want to pass on to our kids.
2. Learn. Read a book, study an issue that aligns with your profession, or take a class. Learning makes you feel purposeful, gives you confidence and challenges your mind. It takes you beyond diaper changes and the monotony of everyday #momlife. (I am totally preaching to myself on this one- I need to read something other than parenting books!)
*Check out Coursera if you are interested. It is an online university that allows you to enroll in all kinds of classes from top notch schools. Everything from culinary to physics is offered!
If we can find time to eat (healthy), exercise, and invest in ourselves, we can teach our children to do the same! Here’s to being a better you!