Mother of two. Full time job. House chores. Time with her spouse. Time with friends.
Taking time out of all of this to focus on your own health can feel a bit selfish. I never want you to feel like you are being selfish for wanting the best for your own body, as well as those of your family. When you start to feel selfish for taking time to focus on your health, think through a few things.
Working out and eating well makes you feel good. If you feel good in your skin, you can focus on being a happy mom, a committed wife, and a diligent worker.
Focusing on exercise and healthy eating gives you more energy to accomplish your daily tasks. This means you will be more efficient while going about your day.
Eating real, whole foods and intentionally moving not only demonstrates a healthy lifestyle to your kids, but it gives them a direct model of what it means.
Finding time to exercise gives you alone time to either reflect, plan, catch up with friends, or finish that TV show. It is your time to use to mentally rest and recharge before you give 110% to your family, friends, and job.
Exercise and healthy eating does not have to be a solo-to-you activity. You can involve the family by having your kids or spouse help you cook, riding bikes or playing outside with the kids, or making a gym date with your spouse. There are so many ways to include the family!
If you are still struggling to see the selflessness of working out and eating well, consider what is more selfish?
Is it more selfish to have to deal with an illness you could have prevented?
Is it more selfish to snap at your children and spouse because you are sugar crashing?
Is it more selfish to slack on your work because you do not have the energy to focus?
Is it more selfish to feed your family mostly processed foods because you do not want to cook or prepare?
Grab a piece of paper and create two columns. In column one: how you feel, act, and respond when you workout and eat healthy. In column two: how you feel, act, and respond when you do not workout and eat healthy.
Which version of yourself do you want to be for your family and yourself?
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RQ: Do you ever feel selfish for focusing on your health? Either working out or eating well?