3 Lessons I Learned From Superwoman About How To Do It All

Not that long ago, I was just like you. Working mom, lost in the day to day routine of checking off to do lists and taking care of everyone except myself. I thought I was doing what I was supposed to do. I thought:  “This is just how it is. I am a mom, a wife, a veterinarian, it’s my job to take care of everyone and make sure they are all ok. That’s enough for me… isn’t it?” Except it wasn’t really. But once I finally realized that, I was already pretty far gone. It took someone else seeing my potential and being willing to lend a hand, hold me accountable, for me to start down the path that led me to where I am today.

 

Honestly, I really don’t think we have any intention of losing ourselves, it just happens. 10 years into working in a career and building a family, we wake up and wonder,  “What in the world happened?” It starts out innocently enough. You are in school, studying and working so hard to accomplish that goal. Somewhere between study groups, lab practicals and finals, you start to let things slide. “I’ll start back next week, one week of grabbing whatever I can to eat and skipping a workout won’t hurt anything”. One week turns into a month, that turns into longer and next thing you know between work and your family, your focus is on everything but yourself.  You try occasionally to start back into an exercise routine, but all it takes is a day or two to get you out of the routine. Eating healthier sounds like a great idea, but it takes work and planning and who has time for that?

 

For most of us, this all starts to happen without us even realizing it. We get caught up in the importance of being a good wife, good mom, good at our jobs and don’t even realize that in the process, we are giving up being good to ourselves. What’s even crazier, is that we start to feel guilty if we try to make time to do something good for ourselves. “I can’t workout, I need to get the kids ready for school, I need to get to work early. Where am I supposed to find the time? The money?” Does any of this sound familiar? If it does, take heart. You are not alone. I was exactly the same, I was YOU and I totally get where you are coming from. 

 

So now that we have established how this happened, how we got here. What do we do? How do we begin to make a change? Let’s start with a simple few steps you can take immediately to begin the process.

 

First, take out your planner for next week and start with scheduling in 3 times next week that you will do something that fills your soul. Take a bath, sit and read a book, go stare at the ocean, get a pedicure. Whatever makes you feel like you have done something luxiourous and wonderful for you. This is mandatory and you have to start making a habit out of treating yourself with as much love and care as you treat others. I hear you saying you don’t have time, but let me ask you something. If not now, when? When is that magical time in your life when you suddenly will have all this extra time? You don’t know? Exactly. Start now.

 

Second, take an hour to strategize your nutrition for next week. Build in ways to eat healthier and feel better about the choices you make. No time for gourmet salads for lunch? Make a smoothie and grab some cut veggies and take those with you. Need some ideas for smoothies? There are tons of recipes on my pinterest board or why not finally give that crazy Shakeology stuff I am always talking about a try? Need some ideas for meal planning? Check out my recent blog post on meal planning for some ideas. When you fuel your body with good nutrition, your mind is clearer and everything works better. Still not sure what to do? Download my FREE guide for making great new ideas for lunches and snacks ON THE GO 🙂 

 

Third, make a plan to start back into an exercise routine. It doesn’t have to be something intense and rigid. Take a walk at lunch, get up a few minutes earlier and do some yoga. Find some home workout plans on Pinterest that you can do. Maybe even dust off that DVD on your shelf and push play. Decide that you will do something to move your body 3 to 5 times a week and schedule it into your calendar like you would any other appointment.

 

These are all things you can do on your own. You can decide today that it is time for a change. But maybe you think you would do better with some help. Perhaps, like me, you need someone to believe in you. That sees your potential before you can see it for yourself. If that’s you, let me pay it forward. Let me be the one that can be there to walk you through the steps and hold you accountable. Comment here, send me a personal message or email me. Download my free 5 Day Guide to getting back on track. Sometimes even superwoman needs a helping hand.

 

Chea :)

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