As a wife and mommy, I tend to focus very, very little on my wants and often my needs. My girls come first and taking care of them is more important than anything on my own personal agenda. On top of them, I of course have this big house to clean, meals to cook, laundry to do, and a husband to take care of! I LOVE my life and I wouldn't trade my duties around this house for anything because it is so rewarding to do what I do. However, I am putting a stake in the ground and taking better care of myself for a change!
The main way that I'm going to implement this change is by sticking to my exercise routine. I seriously love to do aerobics.. It's very challenging but it energizes me, increases my self-esteem, and overall, is just so good for my health. I am keeping exercise time sacred and I am going to try so hard to not give in to the temptation to let this go. I had been trying to fit the workouts in during the girls' nap time or getting up before they do but on some days that's just not feasible. John is going to make sure that we reserve some time after he wakes up in the afternoon for me to get my aerobics in. I am so thankful that he values this as much as I do! He's amazing:-)
On top of my renewed commitment to exercise, I am drinking more water (tons of it, actually) and making smarter eating decisions. I'm not going crazy with my diet and jumping off the deep end but I'm working on becoming more healthy. I've lost 8 pounds since the new year and I feel GREAT! I want to lose a little bit more weight and then I'll just work on maintaining my new weight.
I'm not going to be a slave to exercise and even though I'm going to try to be faithful to it, my family comes first. If one of the girls is sick or happens to need me, I'll give it all up. If we aren't home due to another obligation, I'm not going to get upset or feel guilty about taking a day off. This is supposed to be fun, after all!
So wish me luck! It's easy to go full steam ahead with things, only to forget about them a few weeks later. HOPEFULLY that won't be me this time around!