So here I go. I have been meaning to write this post, but I am a busy mom. When do I have the time to do things for myself? I mean, getting a shower in more than once a week is a win! But when you're on the airplane they tell you to take care of yourself before you take care of others. Well, this applies to in the house too mom!
I have decided that 2016 is the year when this mom is going to take care of herself first! I have made my plans and goals, and will take this journey one day at a time. What is my goal? To be healthier! I don't care about a number on the scale, as long as I can keep up with the kids and not be winded. I want my clothes to feel good and my health is number one.
Now, this is easier said than done for most of us, isn't it? We make these plans, get it all written out, and then the baby needs us, or the lunch needs to be cooked, or homeschool lessons need our attention and before you know it, it is time for bed. Because that is one of our goals too, to be in bed at a decent time so we can be well rested! Oh I didn't even mention anything about the house!
See how easy it is for us to be distracted from taking care of us? This is not good! I want to change that, and will have to take some small steps to make that happen. Will you join me?
First, I have put my Jawbone pedometer back on. I used it a lot at the beginning of the summer, and then I forgot it one day, and then another, until it was just sitting there collecting dust. This simple little thing has me focused on how much I am moving. I am making an effort to get 5,500 steps a day to start. This may not seem too hard, but try this once! I notice that now that I have it on I am walking circles more, but hey, I am moving!
To help me get those steps in, I have started following Jessica Smith TV and love her walking workouts! I really love this video where I can pick which mile to do, and this one is great for when I only have 15 minutes. Every little bit of walking helps and 1 mile is about 2,000 steps. So that alone helps take a chunk out of my steps each day! Heck, even walking around the living room for 5 minutes every hour can help you out! Get up and walk with me really quick?
(Walking around the room with a baby on my shoulders!)
Wow, that 5 minutes of walking got me 400 steps, what did you get?
Now, I just can't think that moving is the only thing that will make me healthier. Yes, it is a large part of it, but really what you put into your body matters too. My hardest thing about what I put in, is my water. I like water, but I tend to forget to drink it. I have my cups of coffee in the morning, and then get busy. Sometime after lunch I will open a can of pop or an energy drink. By supper time I maybe have one cup of water in me, and by bed, maybe 2 or 3. This is HORRIBLE! I can't have that when I am trying to teach my kids about being healthy and drinking their water. So what is a mom to do? I downloaded an app on my phone. Hydro Coach sends me notifications of when I should be drinking more water. In fact, it just went off as I am typing, hold on while I grab a glass of water. Hey, join me quick? I will wait for you!
(drinking my water)
Now don't you feel better already?!?!
With this added water I have taken in less pop during the day, and even stopped with the energy drink! One or two of my cups will have some Lemon essential oil in them, I couldn't go without that! Want to know why? Send me an email and I will fill you in!
Well…now that we drank some water and did some walking, I need to get back to homeschool and kids! Next week I will let you know how I am doing and we can talk food!!
What will you be doing this week? More water and walking? I want to know how you are going to take care of you mom! Drop me a comment below, so send me an email!
God bless and keep you!!
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