Let’s Be Honest
Let’s be honest; the best form of encouragement is honesty. I guess I’ve always known this, but I realized how powerful honesty can be after reading my friend, Julie’s blog- The Fat Friend. Julie is trying to lose weight and it hasn’t been easy. She explained her circumstances, a traveling husband and a trip to the E.R. with her daughter. Basically, she wanted comfort food and some down time. Any mamma would understand, and I certainly did.
It’s been a trying week for me. I have a sick kid and a sick husband. My little one isn’t sleeping well at night, so I’ve been up with him. During the day, I take care of the sick-ones and clean up around the house when I get the chance. I haven’t been to the gym all week. When I could be doing an at-home workout, I’d rather snuggle up with little boy and take a nap. You know what? It’s o.k. I’ll be at the gym next week and be better rested.
Sometimes I think of those other fit moms with their “no excuses” mantra. It makes me feel bad that I’m not constantly at the gym or eating kale. Then I remember I’m not them, and that’s good. My sick child is not an excuse; he’s a priority. While I love sharing encouraging books and places to get fit, my first love is my family. So don’t beat yourself up over missed gym days, fattening food or naps; be honest and be you. The treadmill and the kale will be there next week; take care of what’s important now.