Here we are for our second installment of Wonder Mom Wednesday!! Linking up with Amanda from Mom Who Tris and Susan from Mom Swim Bike Run! Don’t forget to check out the rules of linking up in the menu!
Our topic this week is : Reasons WHY I exercise
I’ve been active for pretty much my entire life. I played baseball, softball, basketball and I was even a cheerleader at one point when I was a kid. I wasn’t very good at any of them, but I was active. As an adult I’ve been a runner mostly and have dabbled in other areas such as spinning, strength training, etc. But the reasons WHY are really quite simple….
Back in college I would run at the indoor track at the gym because there was a hot guy I had a crush on that would play basketball. It just happened to be at the same time I needed to run everyday. Coincidence, I swear. Remember those days when we were motivated to work out because we knew we would see a hot guy…..this was my mindset then…
Oh wait….it wasn’t green shit I was thinking about at that time, more like beer, jello shots and Jolly rancher infused Zima…don’t judge. I guess that’s where my athletic ability was halted. Shocker.
Ok the real reasons? Vanity and Sanity.
Yes, I said vanity. And if anyone tells you that they don’t care what they look like….In my opinion they are lying to you. I admit, Yes, I work out because I care about the way my body looks. I’ve been self conscious about my body since, well I can’t even remember how long. My goal is to just feel comfortable in my own skin. I have never felt comfortable in my own skin, even before I had children. My body image ebbs and flows. Sometimes I feel like I look great and other times I don’t even want to look in a mirror. Would I like to look in the mirror and see a fitness model?
Hell yea. Will I ever? Hell no. I don’t have the discipline or the time for that. Would I love to see a six pack? Hell yea. Will I ever? Hell no. Having two children and oh yea…genetics has me on that one. No matter how good I eat or how much I work out, I will always have loose skin on my tummy from having kids.
I’m trying to learn to embrace it, but it’s hard. I may put on a good show from the outside, but I’m always thinking about it. I hate pool season for the pure fact that I have to get in a bathing suit. By no means am I overweight, I’m where I should be number wise, but for some reason, I’m never happy with the way my body looks. In my head I could always be more toned, or less bloated or what have you. It’s definitely something I continually have to work on. There are probably many reasons for that, but I would need to lie on a couch with a therapist for a long time to figure them all out…..But, instead of that I save a little money and exercising consistently, helps. And it makes me feel more confident. Let’s face it…we ALL want this to happen someday:
Sanity.If you have been reading my blog for a while, you may have read one of my most popular posts on how I am NOT Supermom, and if you haven’t read it, you should. I exercise for my mental health. Exercising is my “me” time, the only alone time I have EVER. It’s the way I get out my frustrations, stress and anxiety.
After the kids go to bed, I have lists of laundry and lunches and cleaning and picking up toys and then giving time to Mr. Cupcake and catching up on my MRTT chapter and being social on my social media channels and oh yea, I’m in a profession already that requires caring for others and it can be mentally challenging to always be giving to everyone else and not feel like Im being taken care of. Running helps ME take care of ME. I get to just be and drift off into that wonderful beachy locale with a margarita or fruity alcoholic beverage of my choice that a cabana boy is delivering to me and someone is rubbing my feet and I don’t have anyone crawling all over me or talking incessantly. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t give any of my world up for the life of me, but you moms out there get it. Exercise makes me a happier person, period dot.
And one last thing that is an important reason for me to exercise is because I want to set a good example for my kids. Putting aside all of the superficial stuff, I love that my kids love to join me when I workout at home, or how when I come home they ask me how my run was. We are shaping young minds and I want them to know the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. I don’t want them sitting in front of video games and becoming tv zombies! I want it to be part of their lifestyle! Let’s face it…these two are what is really most important!
Why do YOU exercise?
Don’t forget to link up with us!! Non-moms too, you are welcome! Tell us WHY you exercise!! And don’t forget to join us next week.
Topic for 9/3: What is your favorite “sneaky” recipe? Do you have a recipe that you sneak healthy things in for the kids or for family members that are picky? Share your recipe!