Learning to find a healthy balance I love spending time with my children, but I also love working out and staying in great shape. Finding the balance between the two has taken some time for me to learn. I gained 40lbs when I was pregnant with both of my sons and 20lbs when I was pregnant with my daughter.
I lost the weight with my first son and my daughter, but not with my 3rd born. This 40lb weight gain took a toll on my body physically, mentally, and emotionally. It was harder for me to move, I put myself down about how I looked, and I would stress about not fitting into clothes. I knew after having my third I didn’t want to have any more children.
I wanted life to feel balanced and I also wanted to know myself again. I had become so lost in raising 3 children aged 4 and under by myself that I didn’t even know who I was as an individual.
At this time, my children’s father was no longer in the picture and we were officially divorced. To him, that meant I get full physical, emotional, and financial responsibility. Talk about stress!
Making a Change
After my 3rd born was a year old, I decided that it was time to focus on myself. I started working out every day at the same time. This was the first step in creating a new, healthy habit— CONSISTENCY. I knew that if I just got to the gym at the same time every day, even if I didn’t want to, that I would have no choice but to work out. I also knew that Consistent Actions Over Time = Progress and I would remind myself of this every time I set foot in the gym or stepped out for my morning run.
Preparation is Key
Although exercise is important for your overall health, so is your nutrition! I have always struggled with food, and I like eating tasty things that don’t take long to make. I’m a Mother of 3, so quick and tasty is key to our survival with kids. So, I took those two needs of my family and put energy into figuring out quick, tasty and healthy meals the kids and I all like.
I have found some key staples for our family and keep consistent with those. The biggest lesson I have learned about success with anything in life is that preparation is key.
When you prepare your food ahead of time, you are more likely to eat what is ready and available. So, if you don’t have food ready, you will more likely eat out or grab something quick. If you do that enough times, then you are increasing your calorie intake and thus stalling progress or making it harder to lose or maintain weight.
Fun Idea: Pick 2 days a week when you can get the family involved in preparing meals and snacks for the next 3 days. Have the kids pack the snack bags while you cook and pack the main meals. That way everyone is involved AND it gets done faster!
Remember: When Consistency Meets Preparation, You Get Success!