Read Jennifer’s fit mom featured guest blog, and connect with her on social media to hear more updates. From Jennifer: “I would love for you to follow my journey and share yours with me. You can find me at FatChickToFitChick. Also be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram (fatchick2fitchick). I promise lots of food pics, cute baby pics, and randomness from my brand of sense of humor.”
I am a 31 one year old, who has battled my weight since I was 9 years old. I have yo-yo’d on pretty much every diet known to man, and wasted countless dollars on abandoned gym memberships and diet programs. I came up with an endless list of excuses for why I did not have time to commit to a healthy lifestyle, and most of them involved lack of available time. Mind you, this was before I was ever a mom.
I did not have the time to be fit, because I did not make the time to do so. The reason why I did not make the time is simple. It was not that important to me. I had myself convinced that I wanted to lose weight more than anything. Had that been true, I would have succeeded. I was just fooling myself.After the birth of my daughter, I found myself at my lowest point with my body image and self-esteem. I was at my highest weight and despite being happy with everything else in my life, I hated myself. I would look at my daughter and instantly want to be a better person for her. I want to show her a confident, happy, active, healthy mom. I want her to be proud, and not embarrassed of me (until age appropriate for her to be), and I want to be an active participant in her life, not merely an observer.
To accomplish these goals, I have to make my health and fitness a priority in my life. Being a wife, a mom, and working full-time outside the home, can easily cause me to neglect my well-being, but I want to lose weight and be fit. For the first time in my life I want this for real, and I am unwilling to take no for an answer.
Here is what I do to ensure success in my fit journey:
- I plan and shop for my lunches and dinners for the week during the weekend.
- I have all the right foods on hand, and I refuse to purchase unhealthy temptations.
- I cook what I can in advance on Sundays to make sure I stay on track during the busy work week.
- I have dedicated the time after my daughter goes to bed as my workout, blogging, research, rest, or relaxation time. I am not a morning person, so it is easier for me to work out at night when she is asleep.
- I put on my workout clothes before I can talk myself out of my workout.
- I work out with Real Housewives…or any other reality TV show. It offers a counter balance when I dread a workout.
No matter how crazy your schedule is, if you want to be fit, you will make it happen. I hope that each of you make caring for yourself a priority. You are worth it, and your kids deserve a happy, healthy, and fit mom to chase them around for years to come!