By Danielle McGlynn
It’s what truly gave me a new perspective on life.
Since becoming a mom, I’ve learned so much about myself, including how to appreciate a healthy lifestyle for me and for my son.
Sadly, my mother passed away just a year before my son, Jacob was born. As devastating as that was, each step forward has brought a new meaning to my health and mindset on how to look at food and exercise. The pieces fit together: How I treated myself, what I included in my diet for energy, and how I exercised – were all important to my overall well being. I now saw exercise as a means for mental clarity and a way to build a strong body.
Funny enough, this “ah ha” moment developed when I saw how quickly laundry would pile up, how messy the kitchen would get, and how little time I had to rest, let alone workout or focus on my “diet”. So, I decided to change my approach and attitude toward diet and exercise. Motherhood inspired me to truly live a healthy lifestyle AND enjoy it.
I learned how to make better choices with foods like fresh fruits, vegetables and grains. The more I practiced the importance and value behind eating well, the easier it became for me.
Working Around a Busy Schedule
Finding time to exercise met its own challenges. It seemed impossible at first. The baby weight came off fast, but with that came no strength. I cried when I could only do 3 push ups! But instead of overwhelming myself with what I couldn’t do, I focused on what I could do. I found the time by making the most of my time, even if it was 10 minutes – I did something! I adapted the ‘something is better than nothing’ mindset.
I went back to work, but Jacob stayed with me everywhere (I’m a Personal Trainer and compete as an Athlete). That being said, every simple decision I made for myself, had to be for strength and health so I could be an example for him. Today, nearing 7 years old, he says “Hey mom, we need to go do some exercises!” I love it!
If you want your children to be healthy, set the example. Even if it’s small, find ways to make healthy eating and moving fun! Start with a change in your mindset and Simply Workout!