Recently I was asked, “How would you describe yourself?” I blurted out the standard answers such as kind, happy, funny, light hearted, a good friend, etc. It’s not to say that these are fake answers, but what I really wanted to say was, “I’m an overtired full-time working mother of two who is rounding the corner to 40.” But I kept that thought to myself.
The truth is, we shouldn’t keep these thoughts to ourselves. I guess by me stating this in a blog for the world to read, I’m not keeping my secret anymore! It’s totally normal to be tired, overwhelmed, and feel older than you should. However, it isn’t something you should accept. Let’s do an exercise, take a minute to think of how you would describe yourself to someone. Now think the real answers in your head. Are they different? If so, then THOSE are the ones you should focus on because once they turn around to positive feelings then you and your body WILL benefit.
I took my negative answers about myself and broke them down to see how I could address them for a little self-preservation.
- Overtired – This one is tough with two little boys who think sleep is optional but I’m making every effort to keep them and myself active after school and work. We bundle up for outside play until it is dark, play games and do homework after dinner, and after all of that, everyone is ready for bed a bit earlier. Baby steps for this one!
- Full-time working – Tough to change this because like everyone else, I have bills to pay and mouths to feed. The trick for me is to make lists when I get to work of priority items, leave a wiggle room for unexpected tasks, and leave with a sense of completion, not frustration.
- Mother of two – I am a true #boymom. These two keep me on my toes cleaning up messes, breaking up fights, and playing sports until dark. As tired as they make me feel, they also make me feel like a kid again! Feeling like a kid is the true fountain of youth.
- Rounding the corner to 40 – THIS. This has been the sentence that has scared me for the past 5 years. In February 2018 I will be 40. My goal is to feel and look 10 years younger. The answer is easy….exercise, sleep, and eating well. I will make this happen and you’ll need to keep following my blogs to see how! Better yet….come do it with me! This is a big moment in my life and I’ll do it again at 50, again at 60 and most definitely again at 70 (I think I’ll still be teaching Bodypump at 70 so the answer is clear!)
Make your list, and turn your negatives into positives! We only have this one life, make it a good one!
-Sarah C., B.S. Exercise Physiology
Assistant Fitness Director, Co-Group Fitness Director at Dedham Health