Dear Busy Mom, I know that it feels like adding one more thing, even the smallest thing such as cooking a nice meal, or writing a letter, or finding time to change light bulbs is just beyond your capacity. There just isn't enough time in the day!!!! I remember feeling like this SO CLEARLY.
Actually, 3 years ago, I joined an online accountability group and I had 3 kids under 3 and felt like I was barely keeping my head above water. But, I joined because something was pushing me to do so. I think I knew that I had to make some S P A C E for myself in a world that often felt devoid of ME! Kids, husband, house, pets, repeat :) So I joined this group and I remember having a conversation with my mom one day when we went out to lunch, "What exactly am I supposed to eat??" I complained. "I can't eat flour, sugar, boxed anything, frozen meals. Am I supposed to exist only on fresh fruits and veggies alone?? How in the world will I find time to do THAT??!"
So I complained, but I stuck with it. I wanted to see what kind of results I would have if I committed to change. And I'm glad I did because I lost 7 pounds and 12 inches in that group :) And well, the rest is history.
So here's the thing, moms. You need to think of this lifestyle change not as one more thing you have to do, but as an armor to be the Super Mom you are!! How can one person carry all of those responsibilities without taking care of herself?? Do you know that exercising produces feel-good endorphins that mimic morphine!! What?? More of that!!! We need to have a good attitude when dealing with tiny, adorable, frustrating, nonsensical attitudes all day, right?? And did you know that sugar and flour and gluten can cause depression, anxiety, and a million other nasty side effects?? How are we supposed to do our jobs effectively with THAT on our backs??
So this is not something you have to add, no way. Exercise and diet is something you NEED to get you through your crazy schedule and the demands that are placed upon you. It will be hard at first, but after 3 weeks, you will notice that it's getting easier. And you will FEEL happier and you will ENJOY taking care of yourself.
No one believes in you more than I do, momma. Because I WAS you!!!