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New Month, New Mood

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Trying to leave for my run this morning. Why do they make it so hard to get out the door alone?!

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I feel like I’ve been all over the place lately. Blame the pregnancy hormones or maybe it’s just crazy old me!

Anyway, I want to bring some structure back to my life. I want the important things to take priority. Like exercising.

I’ve had great excuses not to run this summer…I’m pregnant. It’s too hot. I can only fit one kid in the jogging stroller. I can only go for two miles, so why bother? 

But seriously, it’s mainly the pregnancy thing. It’s so easy to just take a pass for the nine ten months and say, Screw it. Let’s just get fat!

My last two pregnancies I gained 25-30 lbs. each time. I ate anything (and everything) and went lax on the working out. I had as much junk as I wanted.

For some reason I just don’t feel like doing that this time, even if I’ve already had minor breakdowns where I drive to Wawa to get a pint of ice-cream at 8:00 P.M. But it’s only month four (week 17) so I’m going to get back on track.

So what prompted this desire to be better?

Well, the promise of a new month is always like a clean slate to me. I loved reading The Happiness Project, where author Gretchen Rubin focused on a different “happy task” each month for a year. I even tried to emulate that and blog about it. (Kinda lost steam, but hey, I tried.)

Also, I have been following along with Jo-Lynne Shane (Musings of a Housewife) on her 21-Day Sugar Detox. Her posts have inspired me to think about the impact that each food/drink I consume has on my body and my mind. Jo-Lynne has lots of helpful posts about eating real foods (not processed) and always shares her weekly meal plan of healthy recipes.

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Finally, I read somewhere that it’s important for moms to put themselves first. It’s so easy to just do what the kids want to do in the mornings instead of telling them that Mommy needs to go for a run.

But then when I skip running, I feel crappy. Unhealthy. Unmotivated. Uninspired. All those “un-” words. 

I don’t think that putting my own needs on the backburner helps me or my kids, to be quite honest. 

And so here we are. September 1st. It’s a brand new month, and I’m ready to commit to being healthier.

September goal

Specifically, I want to run three times per week.

I was debating making my goal “run four times a week” or “run 10 miles per week.” But I don’t want to get caught up in how far (or how little) I run and end up forcing myself to run seven miles on the final day of the week just to make my quota. And as my husband pointed out, I can always exceed my goal. So let’s just make the goal to run three times a week, no matter the distance.

I’m going to get a good running mix together and set my weekly schedule in advance so it’s harder to skip it. 

Who wants to join me in this September exercise goal?

Since today is technically still the holiday weekend, I’ll even let you cheat and start on Tuesday. (I’m so generous.)

I’m also curious as to to how many moms really put themselves first. If not, why not? Do you feel guilty not putting your kids first?

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  • Sarah Donza-Hughes
    September 1, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Your little bump looks great!! Good luck on a new month!
    I don't put my wants first because I literally don't have enough hours in the day at this time in our lives.

  • lindsey @ sisterstosons.com
    September 1, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    I’m with ya!! I need to start exercising more!
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  • Jennifer Miller-Wallach
    September 1, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    It's funny. My kids are teenagers and one left me this weekend for college. The saddest weekend of my life! I have so much more time now to exercise then I did when they were little and I should be happy about that but I'm not. What I wouldn't give to go back in time to when they got up early and gave me little time to do anything for myself! Now that I have the time,I don't want it!!

    • Lindsay
      September 1, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      Awww Jen! Let’s go running together!

  • Vivian Pesante-Braggs
    September 1, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    I feel your pain. I had 2 out of 3 start college…one local, one in WA…and my "baby" started high school 🙁

  • laura
    September 2, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    I’m in! I hate running but I’m all about my 11-minute ballet fitness video! I still have some remains of my baby bump – and it’s been 13 months….I’ve just been telling myself that your body just doesn’t go back to normal after the 3rd…but here’s to trying!

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