How Do I Find The Time?

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I’ve had a lot of people ask me how do you find the time to do this every day??  It’s true. I have a lot going on in life. Who doesn’t???? It’s how we’re coded as a society. MUST. FILL. PLATE.  We are all short on time and feel like working out is the last thing we have time for.  Whatever is on your plate, it’s totally legitimate that it feels so full and I can ensure you that you’re not alone.  That said, it’s up to you and only you to find the time to do something positive.

There are 5 things that keep me finding the time every single day..

1. I only work out for 10-30 minutes! 5 out of 7 days are definitely short work outs. Like 10 minutes. Sometimes 2 minutes. Sometimes 30 minutes. My only long days are runs and that’s totally by choice. If you look at Mamas Daily Fit on Pinterest, you’ll see that each work out I do is geared to be short! I secretly feel like I’m cheating every day because I’m not at the gym for an hour. Baha I win, I only worked out for 20 minutes today.  Again, welcome to my head. In all seriousness, at this stage of my life I really don’t have the time to go to the gym for an hour 5 days a week, but I do have time to squeak something in every day. There’s a lot of flexibility in this approach. My motto is, whatever it is, it’s for you and IT COUNTS!

2. For me, exercise is more than just psychical, it’s therapeutic. As a result, my goals are around feeling better first, looking better second. I personally think anything outside of mental and physical strength are tough goals to have. That doesn’t mean they are not important or achievable, it’s just nice for me personally to not have a number to measure myself against or a dress to fit in or whatever. Regardless of our goals, shouldn’t we all be able to measure fitness success by A) does my mind feel clearer? B) Do I have more energy? and C) Did I do something today that I didn’t think I could? Those are pretty awesome measures, if you ask me!

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3. I have seen the results and that’s pretty addicting.  I really don’t have any before or after pics, but my arms and my back actually have muscle definition, my legs are stronger, I can run farther, I’m so close to a handstand which I never thought I could do…the list goes on, but my point is seeing results is really inspiring.  It definitely keeps me going back for more.

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4. My energy has 2 speeds: Full throttle and crash mode.  I am hard wired with an exponential amount of energy – like it’s hard to harness most days. My head usually is in a semi spinning state. I can start 7 tasks and finish none of them like a champ. Working out gives me the focus that’s often hard to achieve. On the flip side, ADD comes with energy crashes. I too suffer  from sever couch syndrome where I’m literally stuck to the microfiber (I have small kids. Ok and I spill a lot. Don’t judge).  BUT if I slither off the couch, land on the work out mat and do just 10 minutes – I get my second wind for the night. I’ve seen this work EVERY SINGLE TIME.  After just 10 minutes I feel great! I can hang out, hold a conversation, reflect on the day, watch our favorite show, finish something I started. That 2nd wind makes my day feel so much more valuable.

5. I know someone is watching. It’s my babes. It’s my husband. It’s my mom. It’s all of you. I think most humans thrive on accountability, myself included. That’s why #100fitdays really worked for me.  I had to be accountable because it felt like people were watching, but eventually everyday fitness became a lifestyle. Now I see my kids want to be active for fun, my husband rides his bike around our (double black diamond) neighborhood, my mom does wall handstands and my friend just sent me a pic of her planking with her dog.  I LOVE IT!

So maybe pick one of these 5 things that’s relevant to you and focus on that.  Use that as your reason to make time for YOU every day. You deserve it!!! Cause you’re fab! It’s all about finding time to maximize the fabulousness!

Fitness Blogging Is Not For The Weary

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I’ve started this adventure only 2 weeks ago with a clear vision – to stay accountable and to inspire others.  How quickly one can wane.  In the past 2 weeks, as I have clunked my way around the online fitness community full of insane bodies with thousands of followers, I have said to myself, what the hell am I doing here? How am I going to inspire people when I don’t look like that? Of all these “before & afters” I’m somewhere awkwardly in the middle.

I’m so disappointed in myself that I almost can’t even type this, but I’ve spent way too many hours in the past 2 weeks thinking: “Why don’t I look like those other fitness girls? Should I be on a strict diet? What am I doing wrong?”

But then I punched myself in the face (not literally) because that is not why I’m here. I never felt that way during my #100fitdays challenge. I was having fun. I was healthy. I was happy – and in turn, I was confident!

One thing that has been insanely challenging is figuring out the best way to write a blog – site structure, code, format, themes, plug ins, etc. OMG I could Google all night.  I’ve moved away from Googling the latest illness I’m sure my family is suffering from (#momtalk) to: What makes a great blog post, How do I grow my Instagram followers, What’s the best way to code your site for search?  Here’s the good news. I’m in marketing. I love this shit. It’s interesting to me and I know it will help me inspire others. I can’t wait to write a blog post in 30 or 60 or 90 days that says here’s the 10 things you have to do to be a successful motivational blogger. I already know my Rule #1

Rule #1: Remember that you’ve got something you care enough about to share with the world. Lucky you. Stick to what you love. That’s what makes this fun.  Learn from others but don’t give a hoot if you’re something different.  If it’s important to you then it’s most likely important to someone else.  They’ll find you.  They’ll read you. They’ll share. You’ll have made a difference.

So here I am, happy as hell that I finally talked myself out of this spiral of “I’m not fit enough.” Of course I’m not fit enough for this current world I stumbled into.  I mean, I just polished off the Samoas.  They’re gone. It’s done. Let’s move on…

I had someone say to me the other day, “I’d kill for your body.” First, let me kiss them on the face, but second, all I kept thinking is “I’d kill for her mind.” She’s awesome and brilliant. So if you’re like me and always a work in progress, just remember that we’re all awesome – erherm Flawsome! Hold your head high and let’s love one another, starting with ourselves!

100 Fit Days

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Looking back I still can’t believe that I’ve worked out for 100 days in a row, but if I scroll through my Instagram account, it’s really true! I started this #100fitdays challenge to make my being healthy and stress free a priority during the busy winter months full of birthdays, holidays, colds, work and whatever else.  I was skipping my usual work outs because I was exhausted and reaching for junk.  It was time to make a change and make myself a priority.

I’ve learned so much.  Finding the time for yourself and doing something psychical is a game changer for stress! My favorite finding is that even 10 minutes counts – it makes a change! It’s not about the 1 hour gym session full of cardio.  Mashing up work outs every day has made me feel so strong and it’s been an awesome creative challenge.  Thanks Pinterest!

Last, even though this is for me and only me, it’s been so fun to have my family cheer me on! So thanks to them for being the coolest, cutest, craziest crew that I love.

So here is a quick snapshot through my #100fitdays …

Day 1

Day 1

Day 7

Day 7

Day 15

Day 15

Day 21

Day 21

Day 39

Day 39

Day 47

Day 47

Day 51

Day 51

Day 59

Day 59

Day 61

Day 61

Day 68

Day 68

Day 89

Day 89

Day 99

Day 99

 

Last but not least, DAY 100!! I woke up early to do some yoga, start my IV of coffee & get organized for the day before the kids wake up.

 

Day 100!!

Day 100!!

 

I hope you like my first post. Check out my About Me Page to learn more about why I’m SO EXCITED for this blog!

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