Mom, Do Something Good For You!

March 1, 2016 — Leave a comment

Mom, Do Something Good For You!

Are you a mom?  If so, it’s time for you to do something good for you!

Recently, I hired a personal trainer.

It has been one of the best decisions I’ve made.

I knew I wanted to strengthen my core and workout on a regular basis.  Knowing that and doing that are two different things.  I knew I wanted to make this change in my life, but I kept coming up with excuses.  I finally made the decision that I was important enough to take care of my health.  I was struggling to do it by myself, so I needed to pay the money to make sure I was healthy.  I’m so glad I did!

I’m not alone in putting off decisions like this.  Many moms drag their feet when it comes to doing something good for them.  Here are some of the reasons moms give for taking focus off of themselves:

Why Moms Drag Their Feet in Doing Something Good for Themselves

  1. We put others’ needs above our own.  Most moms I know put the needs of their family and sometimes friends above their own.  I’ve been there.  I went through a time in my life when my kids were young, and I did the same thing – I didn’t focus on my needs.  I had to learn the hard way that I had to put my needs first.  I had to put on my oxygen mask first before helping others.  This means I need to prioritize taking care of my body.
  2. We don’t want to spend the money.  I can resonate with this.  We are living on a fixed budget.  I had to step up and share how personal training was important to me.  I wasn’t getting it done on my own.  I’m continuing to learn how to ask for help.
  3. We will have to make adjustments to our schedules.  Often it feels as if I can’t add one more thing to my schedule.  Making room in my schedule for visits to the gym has required me to take a closer look at my schedule.  I had to eliminate a couple of things to accommodate my training sessions.
  4. We hate change.  I’ve started to substitute teach this year, and it’s forced me to embrace change.  However, I know that most of us do not like change.  We do everything we can to avoid it – even if that means staying in our rut.
  5. We avoid risks.  Hiring a personal trainer was a low to moderate risk for me, but it still involved some risks.  How would the workouts be? Would I be able to do them?  I’m a fast walker, but I didn’t know how I would do with weights and workouts.

I wish I would have started sooner!  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working with a personal trainer and look forward to reaping the benefits of my workouts.

If you have something you’d like to do, take the next step.  You may be surprised to see where it leads you.

What is the next step you need to take for yourself?  Leave your thoughts in the comments.