Today, rushing from one thing to the next without breathing room is very typical. It's easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of life. I know that once my alarm goes off (and sometimes even before), my brain starts going through the list for the day. Then, as we get ourselves dressed and ready for the day, we are also getting the kids going, packing the day bags, making breakfast, and of course, making coffee. By the time we head for the door, we are feeling ready for the day and frantic all at the same time. It's easy to take care of everyone else and put ourselves last, right moms?
I really feel that the biggest mistake moms in particular make is not putting themselves first. Then, when we don't accomplish our goals, that's when excuses come in to play and we use those excuses to make it "okay" to not accomplish our goals. Every time another goal falls through the cracks, a little piece of us goes with it. In no time flat we are left deflated, defeated and lacking worth. We can hide those feelings for a long time until one day we realize how unhappy we have actually become.
The best thing I ever did for my family was to put my health first. Three years ago was the first time I seriously embraced my fitness and health for more than just the vanity of it. After losing 50 pounds and feeling the best I've ever felt, I knew I was on the path to changing my life. Then, after a bout of laziness while pregnant with our now 1 year old, all of that has been put back into perspective for me again. I found after gaining the weight back that I was blue, even during the happiest time of my life. Starting back on our weightloss and fitness journey has helped me find my confidence and happiness again.