“I deserve that 45 minutes”

Take time for yourself! Value yourself! Make your time as important as everyone else’s in your family.

“Mommy Guilt” “Life Balance” “Self Care”. We all hear and use the buzz words. Being a mother is the toughest job we all love. When my babies were actually babies, I threw myself into stay at home mom status like an Olympian. I wouldn’t change a second of it and if one of you has a time machine, I would love a day on the floor with legos, but… my kids are growing up and so are their needs and so are mine. I love taking care of my family and I like to think I am pretty darned good at it, but about 5 years ago the light bulb went off – who takes care of mom?!?

I realized I feel better when I exercise and its not just physically. My darling husband will say, “Mommy is nicer when she works out”. (Yes, he literally utters that phrase). Is it the endorphins? Is it seeing my friends and gym tribe? Is it taking time where I don’t even check my phone and focus on me? Yes to all of the above!

So how does it happen in my hectic life? I schedule my workouts like I schedule my kids’ dentist appointments because to me they are just as important. I have been known to keep a PTA meeting to a timed agenda because I have “another meeting to get to”. Yes, my friends know another meeting means a workout. But that’s okay! Take time for yourself! Value yourself! Make your time as important as everyone else’s in your family. This Sunday, as you catch-up on the laundry, plan the week’s meals, check the homework and the backpacks, pull up Mindbody – schedule your week as well! Which day is cardio? Which day is strength? Don’t forget recovery! Put them in your calendar for the week, book the classes, stick with them. Enjoy that 45 minutes that you 100% deserve!!