Wonder Mom Wednesday Link Up: Reasons WHY I exercise (I know you want to know)

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!

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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…

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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? 

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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.

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Oh yea, that’s nice isn’t it…thank you boys for my loose baby skin that is still hanging around.

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And yes, this is loose skin from having watermelons in my uterus at one point, but definitely some extra fluff too.

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:

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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!

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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!


 

44 comments

  1. Allie says:

    Yep, you pretty much nailed it! And thanks for showing pictures of your real “after-having-kids” body and being so honest about what you think about it. It’s definitely a struggle sometimes because, like you said, you’re kids are the most important thing BUT, you would also like to have your abs back!! I had to have surgery to get mine back after the twins. They destroyed me. I’m excited to be linking up with you today :-)))

    • Sue says:

      I was a bit nervous about this post, but It’s gotten the reaction I was hoping for. That is the one thing I want to keep my blog…real, I don’t like to sugar coat anything. Thanks for linking up Allie!

  2. Annmarie says:

    I exercise to keep in shape, because it is great therapy and because I want to set a good example for my kids. Honestly if I don’t workout it effect my mood like I forgot to take some mental pills so it really benefits my entire family when I get a workout in :)

  3. Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner says:

    I don’t think there is anything wrong with working out for vanity. We should take pride in the way we look and be our best self. Our children learn and admire us for taking the time to care for ourselves and set goals to achieve. We all have the dreaded loose skin from the kiddos. Thanks for being brave enough to show yours-didn’t think you had any!-LOL

  4. Susie @ SuzLyfe says:

    I so respect this honesty, and I think vanity and sanity is a totally accurate assessment of the driving force. But the problem is that they can feed into each other. Ultimately, sanity needs to take over as the focus, and the vanity part will be fulfilled by confidence :D

    • Sue says:

      Totally agree. I don’t have a lot of time to worry about my vanity all of the time, but it gives you confidence when you know you look good too…a double edged sword!

  5. Mar @ Mar on the Run says:

    I’m not a mom but definitely agree with this on ALL points! vanity and sanity, I love it :) and I feel you on the tummy issue. After 2 abdominal surgeries no matter how hard I try I will never have abs of steel, fo sho!

  6. Fawn says:

    Girl you are not alone! And kudos to you for snapping a pic of your stomach! Honestly, I felt like my loose skin wasn’t all that normal and I might be the only mom who exercises daily, who still has loose skin! I’ve learned that I grew two healthy babies in there and it’s ok to have a “mommy tummy”. I’m also covered in huge stretch marks that look like I was attacked by a tiger! But those aren’t going anywhere and I’m ok with that.
    Great post!

  7. Laura@ Fit Running Mama says:

    Oh I LOVE LOVE LOVE how real you are in that post– I am amazed at moms who DON’T have that extra skin–!! I exercise because I need to keep sane– sure I like the way I look but more importantly I love the high and the feeling!

    • Sue says:

      Thanks Laura, I wasn’t sure the response I would get with that, but I’m all about telling it like it is! I love the high and feeling after I accomplish a good hard workout too! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Kirtley Freckleton@ The Gist of Fit says:

    Sue you are my HEROOOO!!!!

    Thanks for owning up to the vanity part of sanity.

    Thanks for owning up to your stomach. I think everyone felt a sigh of relief when they saw that a super hot, in shape runner mama has a normal stomach just like theirs. You are so wonderful.

    I think it’s amazing that you carried watermelons around in that stomach of yours. That’s a victory mark, I know it will be super tough for me when I have kids to see the changes in my stomach. I’m trying to mentally prepare now haha.

    We’ve all that part of the body that is annoying and we wish we could change. I wish that wasn’t that way, but it kinda is.

    Thanks for the encouraging thoughts!!

    • Sue says:

      Thanks Kirtly, I greatly appreciate it. That was hard for me to put out there, but I’m glad I did. People see such a small snippet of what really goes on in your life on your blog. I’ve had comments about having the perfect life, and having “it all”, but this let me show the real side! I appreciate your support!

    • Sue says:

      Thanks Samantha, it took a lot for me to post, I’m glad it’s being received in the way I intended! You never know when you put yourself out there on the internet for everyone and every critic to see! And of course I do it for the food/wine too ;)

  9. Julia @ Vegas Mother Runner says:

    Vanity and sanity…I love it! Same here all the way. Oh and to not feel guilty. I swear if I don’t work out for a few days the guilt just gets me every time!

    I need to start doing these link ups with you guys. I’m really loving them!

  10. Annie Brees says:

    I love this x 1,000,000. I love your humor, I love your honesty and use of profanity. Wish we could be friends IRL :) Seriously though- I can totally relate. The truth is I could look like a super model and I wouldn’t be satisfied. We’re driven people and in my opinion, that’s they way it goes. BUT there is a difference between resenting your body and having grace and compassion for your body. Like you, I’m sure- I’m proud of my body but it’s always a work in progress (because I LOVE it and believe it has the ability to do great things, not because I hate it) Am I’m making any sense? Or do I sound like a lunatic? :)

    • Sue says:

      Thanks Annie, that means a lot coming from you! And you do NOT sound like a lunatic, I totally get it. We would be great friends IRL ;)

  11. Elizabeth says:

    I love this! I don’t have kids, but I know that when I do (whenever that is!) That’s exactly the example I want to set. I want them to see exercise as fun, not a chore that you need to dread.

    I exercise because it makes me feel good! It can be such a mood changer for me and really helps me to put things in perspective after a hard or challenging day. Plus I like the way it makes me look :-)

    • Sue says:

      Thanks Elizabeth! Things totally change when the kiddos come along! I want it to be a normal part of their lives from the beginning!

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