There are so many reasons I love being a fit mom
1. I get to re-live my childhood.
I love feeling young again. I get on my bike and head out to the nearest big hill and glide down it as fast as I can wind blowing through my hair and suddenly I am no longer 38 I am 8 and my bike becomes bright red with a banana seat and a little license plate with my name on it.
2. I help my children be brave.
Last year our family went to Disney World. My one child was afraid to try even one ride. I hate roller coasters myself, but I came to that conclusion only after having ridden a few. With the mindset of “If God can strengthen me to run 26.2 miles surely He can strengthen me to last a few minutes on a roller coaster” I looked into my child’s eyes and said “pick any ride in the park and I will do it with you”.
I just did one ride, the child went on to do 100′s over the next 4 days.
3. I build memories with my children
The day mom braved the roller coaster is still talked about weekly in our family. So is the time I jumped in the pond to swim with them clothes and all, oh and the time I braved the high dive just because my one child wouldn’t and again once I went they went on to do it 100′s of times.
4. I am a role model
I want my children to keep their temples in good shape so they can serve the Lord to their greatest capacity. I want them to believe that aging does not mean residing oneself to the sidelines that one can still grow physically as well as spiritually and mentally as they age.
5. I have energy to keep up
I once was not fit, and I remember how horrible it felt to drag myself through the day surviving off of sugar and caffeine highs that only resulted in horrible zombie like crashes.
Once I became fit I noticed my energy level is a steady go go most days from sun up to sun down which means I can keep up with my kids and whatever they need of me each and every day.
If you are a mom out there desiring to be a fit mom, it starts with a goal.
What do you want to be able to do with your children right now that you can’t? What have you always sat on the side lines watching when you really wanted to be doing it? Make that thing your goal.
Next snail pace out the the steps to that goal. Moms are busy, fitting in huge sweeping changes is not going to work for most of us.
Example: Since childhood I have always wanted to run a marathon. After children when I started getting fit again I made it my goal. I started first running the distance between telephone poles, then I ran my first mile, months later my first 5K, a whole year later my first 1/2 marathon another whole year later my first 26.2 marathon. It took me three full years to make it to my goal.
The key to reaching fitness goals in the busy world of motherhood isn’t trying harder it is trying smaller.
This concept reminds me of a verse in Matthew “if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move”. Little things can make great difference.
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Has it been so long since you exercised you don’t know where to start? I started with a walking DVD by Leslie Sansone, it let me easy back into fitness gently. (of course you should check with you physician first before you start any exercise program)