As mothers, we are naturally caretakers.
We take care of the house, the husband, the kids, the bills, the laundry, the driving, the checkups, the animals, the school pictures, and more. Everything we do revolves around taking care of the ones we love.
Often, we neglect the most important person: Ourselves.
Back in January, I wrote a post about 23 Reasons Why I am Doing a Fitness Challenge. It was meant to be an introduction of sorts. I was going to write all about it. I was going to tell you my highs and lows, and my struggles along the way. The Challenge is over now, and I realized that I never did write about it.
The most ironic reason of all: I honestly thought that I would drop out. I thought I would fail, and I didn’t want to try to explain that to you, here on my blog. So I just tuned out the blogging about me.
A funny thing happened during that Challenge though. I didn’t fail. I got motivated. I didn’t drop out. I showed up for training five days a week! I worked really, really hard. I still am, in fact, because I still have 25# to go. As of today, I have lost a total of 27#.
As a mother, I understand how important it is to take care of myself. Caring for my family is good, loving, and honorable, but if I don’t also take care of myself and the tent the Lord gave me, who will take care of them? It’s a double-edged sword, Mommas.
Taking care of myself entails 45 minute group training sessions five days a week, led by a personal trainer. I grunt, sweat, and nurse sore muscles. I watch what I eat, and keep track of it. I drink water. Lots and lots of water. I listen to my body.
None of this is anything I couldn’t have done before, but it was participating in this fitness Challenge that taught me how to really go about it. Now, I have goals and know what I’m doing. I signed up for the next Challenge, which begins May 19th. Now, it’s time to take care of Momma.