Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or a working mom, there’s one thing that’s common. In the pursuit of taking care of the children and giving the best for them, it’s not surprising that your needs will often come last. The kids look great, but perhaps you feel that you don’t. Or, it can be so depressing for you to see all your clothes from the past that you wish you can now fit into – but you just can’t. This year, it’s time for a change: a healthier you.
Yes, yes, almost every mom has felt that challenge too. It can seem impossible and overwhelming to lose weight as a busy and exhausted mother. But, there’s also that pressing voice inside your mind telling you that you’ve got to do it to boost yourself and be a happier mom.
Don’t worry, as it only seems impossible, but it isn’t. With the right balance, dedication, and consistency, losing weight is doable, too, even as a busy mom. To help you out, here are some of the easiest and most practical tips to kickstart your health journey:
- Every Little Effort Counts
When you search on the Internet for exercise tips and routines to follow, certainly you’ll find posts and videos that promise you instant results overnight. Then, you give this routine a try. Next thing you know, you’ve exhausted your energy, you could barely move, and when you wake up the next day, surprise! The instant results aren’t there.
This might get you frustrated, but there’s a reason these instant results aren’t there. It’s just not possible. There’s nothing wrong with you.
So, rather than work yourself to the point of exhaustion with these impossible exercise routines, take it easy. If this is your very first time to try out exercises, even five to ten minutes of sweating it out helps. All those little changes you’re doing to your diet will eventually yield results.
Because every little effort counts. In the long run, for as long as you’re consistent, these little changes will yield results.
- Get Organised
It can be exhausting to have to think of what’s for dinner every single day. Rather than go through this, get yourself organised.
On a Sunday evening, take the time to plan all your meals for the week. Do make a plan of your schedule too. This extra step in being organised can go a long way towards living a healthier life.
First, with your meals, you can avoid last-minute takeaways or munching on junk because you don’t know what to cook. As to your schedule, having a routine can help you visualise your schedule more to see which time you can insert a good exercise in.
- Wake Up Early
Waking up early is the all-too-familiar advice that you may have heard over a million times now. This is so because it’s just very effective in setting your day in order.
Waking up early doesn’t mean 3 or 4 am. A realistic time-frame is to get up, at least, an hour before everyone else in the family does. That way, you’ve got that hour to yourself in a day.
This time is really a lot. With that, you can put in 20 minutes of exercise, plus have quiet time, coffee, or whatever it is you just want to do for yourself. Not only will you be healthier physically, but also emotionally and mentally, particularly when you’re still trying to recover and get in shape after a recent childbirth.
- Seek Motivation
Having a cheer squad helps too. If you consistently stick around friends who don’t make a conscious effort on their health and fitness, then you’ll just be like them. But, if you’re with friends who can work as your cheer squad, then you’ll begin to see the results.
The truth is that you can’t be in this journey alone. Motherhood in itself is already overwhelming. Let alone the up-and-down journey of trying to lose weight. On the days when you just can’t find it in yourself to motivate yourself to exercise, your cheer squad can help you get up and get moving.
Plus, they’ll be very understanding if you refuse that chocolate cake because you’ve already had two more previously that same week.
- Focus On Making Time
Twenty-four hours in a day may not seem like enough for a busy mom, but if you just focus on making time, eventually, it will be.
Here’s a good example for you to think about. How often do you pick up your phone in a day to check your social media accounts? Is it really that necessary to spend two hours on your phone during your “me time”? If you feel it is, can you cut it down to just an hour to have that extra hour for exercise?
This decision to be more time-conscious can help you on your health journey, as you begin moving more and slacking less.
All these tips considered, now you can kickstart your own health journey. No matter how busy you may get, it’s never good to neglect yourself, particularly not your health. After all, the best gift you can give your children is a happy and healthy mother. It’s more than just about looking great – it’s also about feeling confident with yourself. Starting a healthy journey doesn’t have to feel difficult, and there’s always a way to fit this into your busy mom life.