1. I eat. I eat my veggies. I eat my protein. I eat my fats. And everything else. I practice moderation and variety in all faucets of life.
2. I move. I walk wherever I can, usually with my kids. To the park, to school drop-off, to the grocery store, to get ice cream, etc.
3. I play. I lift and swing my children. When we’re at the park I hang from the monkey bars right alongside them. I wrestle. I crawl around on the floor. I climb. When I’m thinking about just sitting on the park bench and watching, I tell myself “go move your body woman!”
4. I squat. Squat and squat and squat some more. I squat to lift my kids. I squat to pick up toys. I squat to go to the bathroom (seriously!). I squat during my workouts.
5. I strength train, 2-3 times a week again. (This is new, because the first year after my third son’s birth was consumed with just trying to survive!) When you have a well-designed strength program, lifting weights three times a week is plenty. In my health and fitness resources section you can find some smart strength programs made specifically for women by some cool ladies! You don’t have to commit to going to the gym five days a week. This Mama ain’t got time for that!
6. I drink. Water, coffee, peppermint tea, and wine. That’s in order from lots to least.
7. I rest. This is tough for new Moms, and a few months ago the thought of sleeping eight hours in a row could bring me to tears. But now that I’m there let me tell you what others told me: “I made it and so will you.”
8. I try to minimize stress. I’m a “stresser,” I’ll admit it. I worry and fret and tend to imagine the worst ESPECIALLY when I’m tired (see #7). This past year the following affirmations helped me immensely:
“You can only do what you can do.”
“Comparison is the thief of joy.”
“You have your whole life to do ________ ”
“This too shall pass.”
“You are enough.”
“Everything is going to be fine.”
9. I connect. I’ve lived in six houses and three countries the last four years. I’ve learned that having a “sister tribe” is very important to me. So yes, I’m the lady at the park coming on strong. Striking up conversations, asking for numbers, calling or texting to make plans… I’ve learned I have to throw myself out there or spend my time alone. And I really don’t like being alone. :(
10. I put myself first sometimes, and that’s ok. Enough said.
What do you think? Did I miss anything?