Sometimes Maybe Mum Should Come First
As the new year rapidly approaches, a few (many) of us are probably starting to think of New Year goals. Mine last year and will continue to be in 2016 weight loss. I am 2 stone down, but have more to go. For me this journey is about being happier and healthier for not just me, but my family too.
I sometimes think when you are a mum of young ones this can be hard to achieve. After you come out of the sleep deprived cocoon (if it ever ends!) of new parenthood there comes a time when you start to think about those pre-pregnancy jeans – you may or may not fit back into them. You may not even want to (that’s fine too).
But what you are most aware of I think, is how massively things have changed. Suddenly your needs and wants have moved to the bottom of the ladder, far below that of your family.
There is also things like exhaustion, in some cases unfortunately depression (which I am going to refrain from commenting on simply because I have no expertise) and lack of time to consider. A jog, a workout class, a swim sometimes seem near impossible.
A quick biscuit, takeaway or bowl of cereal are easier some days than a proper dinner when you are so tired the world around you is starting to blur.
For me, I am lucky my husband is a good cook, but I struggle with exercise. My daughter rarely sleeps through the night and is up regularly. The time I could really go out and exercise is after my children go to bed and quite frankly by then I am ready to collapse in a chair never to emerge again. Or as I do work from home, it also the time for me to sit down and do some work. The most success I have had is with fitness videos on YouTube, doing them in the day and getting the children involved. Although this has led to some being done, with great difficulty or with a crying and unhappy baby in my arms, while dodging passing digger riding dinosaurs. Davina never has that to contend with!
However, it occurs to me thar by letting this goals slip, either due to tiredness or prioritising something else instead I am doing myself and my health a disservice. Maybe sometimes as Mums, or more accurately parents we have to prioritise things in order to be healthier individuals for our children.
I am not hugely successful at this, but I know this is something I need to change. To be fitter, healthier and more active. For my health, but also so my children understand it is the right thing to do and the way you should be for their own health.
Therefore in 2016, there must be some days when my fitness has to come first. Because it will make me a better parent, excavator wielding dinosaurs be damned. And perhaps the more I practise, the more my children will understand why and maybe even join in.
Do you find exercise easy with small children?