Do you feel guilty taking time for yourself? Do you put yourself last? Do you do things for everyone else but forget your own needs? You’re not doing yourself a favour. As a mother who works outside the home I used to put myself last because my family needed me and I wanted to make sure all their needs were met. By the end of the evening I was tired and didn’t have the time or energy to exercise.
Guess what? I decided to take better care of myself because my kids started to notice that I wasn’t wearing a bathing suit and I wasn’t playing with them as much as I used to. I was watching from the sidelines and had no desire to put on a swimsuit and frolic in the water. Funny isn’t it? No time to consider exercise because I was busy with my kids and I wasn’t making memories with them because I didn’t exercise and take care of myself.
I started by changing my eating. I wanted to be healthy and I wanted to lose weight fast (don’t we all?). I adopted a plant based, whole foods diet by following the advice in Eat to Live. Two years later I discovered T-Tapp and I took on exercise consistently. T-Tapp made sense because I could do it from home and it looked pretty impressive. I told my husband that my exercise time was for me and that unless someone was in a coma or bleeding profusely that they should pretend I wasn’t home. With that understanding I set aside that time and did it. I wasn’t being selfish and I wasn’t neglecting anyone. Most importantly I was getting stronger and more fit so I could run after my kids and partake in activities that they enjoyed.
So how will you squeeze this in? Look at your priorities. Make a list of what is most important to you. Make sure your health and wellness is in the top 5. Why do you want to do this? How will you and your family benefit if you’re healthier? Carve out some time to exercise or plan your meals and take those steps for YOU!
Let me know what you’re planning for yourself in 2012. I’d love to hear it and if I can help you in any way please let me know.