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Good morning! Happy Tuesday, Mamma. Have you read the book, “Spark”? A friend gave it to me a week or so ago, and I’m obsessed. It’s about exercise and your brain.
Five pages in, I wanted to go get on my treadmill. By the end of the first chapter, I had encouraged my husband to write out his fitness goals. Halfway through the second chapter, I’m ordering this booksfor half a dozen mommy friends. And my passion for my own exercise has ramped up from “I guess I’d better go…” to “YES! I can’t wait to get moving!!!”
Get this book.
I knew that exercise improved focus, mood and retention of information. I just didn’t know exactly how powerful the effect was!
If you want motivation to get your own self up and off the sofa, if you want to understand why you should, or if you want to know why exercise is so crucial to your children’s’ success and happiness (no, I’m not overstating this), get this book.
Enjoy your day, Mommy. Get moving! For your brain, your mood, your body, your life.
Snowy Wednesday. Gratitude day. Having a tough time mustering gratitude this morning. Which means it’s really important to do the work to find it.
Because there is so much that is beautiful in my life.
Even though my body hurts.
And the kitchen is messy.
And I felt so disorganized at work yesterday.
And I miss the foods I can’t eat anymore.
And I miss my college kid. I held a friend’s infant daughter the other day and I just about melted from the pain of missing my kids’ infancy and toddler years.
And… oh, let’s see, what else can I beat myself up about???
But, no. Stop. Refocus. Intentionally, and with effort, turn my mind to gratitude.
My body still works. I can still work out, I can see, I can taste, I can talk, I can think. I can wrap my arms around my husband, run with my kids, cook a meal. I’m grateful that I’m not in the hospital or on chemotherapy or losing my memory.
The kitchen isn’t so bad. It’s certainly been worse. With ten minutes effort I can have it all tidied up. I’m grateful I have hot and cold running water, a mostly full fridge, and a dinner table my family sits around and share stories of our day. And I’m pretty good on laundry. I’m grateful for that.
Work will come together again. Not every day can be rock star amazing. Take the time to make a list, prioritize, dive in. Reward myself for tasks done with chocolate, a cup of tea, a call to a friend. I’m grateful I know myself and I know how to get myself back on track.
And, though my body has decided it doesn’t like many of my favorite foods any more, at least I know what is going on. I am grateful for clarity. I can choose to be healthy. And there are still loads of delicious things I can eat. Like chocolate. Thank God I can still have chocolate.
I am grateful to be a mom. So very, very grateful. Motherhood, like life, will go through seasons. While I must be honest and say that there are times that I am so sad that their infant, toddler, little-kid stages are over, and I am sad that time went so quickly and that, working mom that I am, I missed so much. While that is all true, I am grateful I have amazing kids. I am grateful that my kids still love me. I am grateful for the good times we had. Grateful I mustered the energy to play soccer in the yard, and go for hikes, and have tea parties. I am grateful that I looked forward to dinner and bedtime (most nights) because I live my life hungry for more time with my kids. Even today. I am grateful that they still like me and want to spend time with me too. I am grateful for every season of motherhood. I am grateful that I get to continue being a mom.
And I am grateful that they still like my banana muffins.
And I am grateful that the air outside is cold and feels lovely when I breathe it in.
And I am grateful for my gray yoga pants and the soft, blush pink mukluks my daughter gave me.
And my husband’s big, black sweater.
I am grateful I live in America, even in an election year. Our politics are messy, imperfect and mostly irritating, but we get to choose, and that freedom is just gorgeous.
I’m grateful for crisp toast with almond butter. And blueberry green tea.
I’m grateful for the old clock on the table next to me and it’s quiet tick-tick-tick.
Grateful for a sleeping dog. And sleeping kids. And sleeping husband. My life.
A wave of gratitude washes over me. Real, warm, lush gratitude.
Happy Wednesday, Mommy. You are so blessed.
Take the time to feel it today? Even if you have to work to find it. Especially if you have to work to find it.
Happy Tuesday, Mommy. Ready to get to it? What are you going to do to take care of yourself today? Exercise, Mamma, the silver bullet of health. Please find a way to move today?
This is so important. This is your energy, your strength, your calm. This is staving off cancer and Alzheimer’s and osteoporosis.
I know there are only so many hours in the day. We all get the same twenty-four.
I know it’s hard to get moving. But once you start, you’ll love it! Once you start, you’ll crave exercise every day.
I know there aren’t tons of extra dollars in the budget for most of us. But look at where your dollars go. Coffee shop? Bakery? Wine? Cable? Fast food because you’re too tired to cook? If you were to add fancy ice cream, chocolate and retail therapy at a discount shoe outlet, you’d have all my addictions accounted for.
So, here’s the thing. There are only so many hours. There is only so much money. What I’m asking is that you value your health enough to set aside a little of both to keep your body healthy.
And I’m asking that you believe in the need to be healthy enough to tell that corrupt little voice in the back of your head to shut up. You know the voice, the one that tells you you’re too weak, or you’ll look foolish, or it’s too much work. That voice. It’s wrong. You are strong. You are going to look like a rock star. And you are well and truly capable of this.
And it’s going to feel so good.
Healthy body, healthy mind, healthy spirit. It really does work.
Go, Mamma, go!
Good morning, Mamma. Happy Tuesday! How are you? Hanging in there?
I’ve been so inspired this week by friends who are signing up for races of different sorts for this summer. So inspired, in fact, that I signed up for a 5k (May), a sprint triathlon (July) and a 10 mile trail race (September).
I love this. This throwing a goal out there, putting the money down, sticking your neck out by telling everyone you know that you are doing x-and-such-a-race… it’s intoxicating. More importantly, it’s motivating.
Why don’t you try it? Pick something, about 3 months out, something that feels a little scary (remember, the goal isn’t big enough unless you feel a little scared) and register!
Then spend some time today Googling up a training plan (couch to 5k in 3 months). And then bask in the glow of the fear and excitement and thoughts of what a great role model you are going to be for your kids.
Then, one day at a time, get up and get it done.
Here’s a link to a great site that will show you tons of races in your area, wherever you live: http://www.runningintheusa.com/
Yes, you can, Mamma. Don’t let that little voice in your head tell you otherwise. You’ve got this.
And that photo, the one of you crossing the finish line, with your excited kids running alongside you for the last 100 feet, you’ll want to frame that.
Good morning, Mamma! Good Wednesday morning. Are you starting to wake up a little from the lovely candle-lit haze? Life getting a little back to normal? Starting to gear up for 2016?
I’m a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. Don’t listen to the haters who will tell you not to bother. This is a wonderful annual exercise in stretching and growing and getting better.
See the woman you want to be. Now visualize the path you have to take to get from here to there. Make a plan. The internet is a treasure trove of information for physical training programs, household organizational tips, and financial advice.
My goals for 2016: Better health, more organized home, and more disciplined spending.
I have teed up a 16 week training program for a triathlon. My husband has a nutritional plan all worked out that I get to come along on. I’ve read “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying” and plan to devote January 1st and 2nd to clearing out much clutter. And, my biggest resolution of all, the biggest change for me by far, I’m going all cash in 2016.
I’m excited! The start of a race is always high energy and Jan 1 is the start of a race.
What do you want? What do you wish you were a little better at? What race are you going to try? No matter what your results, you’ll be doing better than all the folks who never got off the sofa.
Give it a go, Mamma! Get a goal, make a plan and go public with your plan.
Whatever it is you want, you can get there. You can.
Okay, so here’s the plan: You are going to take care of yourself today. Good food, early to bed, deep breathing. Maybe take the stairs at work. Maybe get a run in before dinner.
I know there is a tendency to give every last ounce of energy you possess to the baking and the buying and the wrapping and the prepping at this time of year. Resist it. Don’t give till you have nothing left. That helps no one.
I slept for nine hours last night. In a row. Without waking up. I didn’t know I was physically capable of that! But after last weekend, and the crazy , sleep-deprived prep week leading up to the two-parties-three-games-and-a-Gala of last weekend, I needed it.
That piper will be paid. Have a care how high a bill you run up.
I have a dear friend in the hospital right now. Another one home in bed sick. They both ran up too high a bill with that Piper.
You are human, Mamma. An inspired, driven and energized human, to be sure, but you do still need to eat and sleep and be at peace.
Let today be a day you take a pause from the action, let today be a day to take care of yourself.