You may or may not relate, but one of the first things that makes me feel like my normal self is exercise. I have been back at it for a couple of months now. I would say things are progressing slowly, but at least I'm on my way to getting my after-third-child body back! I don't like to say "Pre-baby" body because I've had three babies. I'm in my mid thirties, and things just aren't going to go back to they way they were when I was in my 20's. I'm not unhappy about that! I'm excited to see how strong my new body will be! My clothes may not fit the same, but they fit. My body has just shifted and it's time to accept that and appreciate the great things to come with some hard work!
Running has been a huge stress reliever for me. I don't get out to run every day, but I try to at least three days a week. It does not come easy for me. Some days my legs feel like stones and my mouth feels like cotton as I breathe in this pollen-induced air. I have run 5Ks before and can never break the 32:00 mark. My goal is to run at least a 10 minute mile. Yesterday, I talked myself inot running a 5K around my neighborhood. I envisioned the 10 minute mile and told myself I could do it! The first mile was fun. I felt as though my stride and pace were on target. The second mile was ok. I was getting frusterated because I wanted to run even faster, but my body was sayiing, "No!" And, just like the Little Engine that Could, I kept on truckin.'
You mind is a muscle. That's was my mantra. As I kept saying that, my fatigue dissipated and I kept my eyes ahead and ran and ran. You know what? I did it! I finally hit my goal!
You see, beauties, you mind is muscle. Just when you think you're about to tap out and call it quits, your mind can make you do things your body says you can't. Next time you're facing a physical challenge, remind yourself that your mind is a muscle too and tell me your success story! As a mom, I like to celebrate small successes, even for my own self. We are all just doing what we can to survive and feel great. My goal may seem small to some, but for me, yesterday was a BIG deal!
Here's to staying strong, beauties! In mind, body, and soul.
Have a BEAUTIFUL day!