The year is 2010. I just graduated high school and turned 18 within the matter of a month. The rest of my life is in my hands. So what should I do first? I’ll be completely honest. I started drinking and smoking for fun. Alcohol and cigarettes were never my thing while I was in high school. But after graduation, it seemed that everyone my age was doing it so I started. I can truthfully say, I had the time of my life partying for the next couple years but I wasn’t the best person that I could be.
I got pregnant February 2012 and my view on the world changed. Prior to being pregnant, I worked at two different jobs. Each of which I only worked for less then a month. I starter working part time to prepare for my new life as a mom. Before becoming pregnant , I had never driven a car. The thought of driving TERRIFIED me. I’m not sure what terrified me, maybe just the unknown of what came with driving but I overcame that fear, and got my license within the first year of my daughters life!
Becoming a mom was amazing. My kids took priority in my life, without a doubt. But while figuring out how to be a mom, I lost myself . Not only did I mentally change, but my body physically changed as well. Majority of moms, struggle with trying to get back into shape after having children and I fit right into that group.
A few years after my first child ( I have three now , as I mentioned in my about me), I took an interest into fitness. My first year working out, I kept my weight the same and I thought that meant no progress. Then the following year, I added in healthy eating and I lost weight as well as gained muscle. The following year, I stopped focusing on fitness so much, and gained my lost weight, back. To end that year, I got pregnant BUT, here I am now in 2020, retaking my life seriously. I am not giving up and here is my why!
Having children helped me become healthier. Here are my ultimate reasons why being healthier now means so much to me:
I am happier.
Working out itself, makes me feel a sense of empowerment. It reminds me that I am still my own person and I can control this one aspect of my life. Many times throughout life, I feel like I have no control. This causes anxiety for me and its something I learned to cope with, by working out. Me being happier, of course makes me a better mom.
I have more energy.
Healthy food fuels your body. If I constantly feed it junk, I have noticed I lack energy. It’s 100% not ideal to be without energy while raising children, especially when they are younger. I also have more energy due to working out! There are so many different ways to boost energy levels. As a working mom, I personally will take all the tips I can to always have energy.
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I am setting a good example.
Someday, I hope my children grow up to be the best they can be. In order to do this, they need to be healthy. Showing them that being healthy is the right way to live, allows them to have a lifestyle to carry into their own family. Teaching my young ones to be healthy is so much easier then it seems.
I can honestly say I have a long way to go to be the healthiest version of myself. I am constantly trying to move in the right direction and I hope my children see that.
What did having children do for your life? Leave me a comment below! <3