Like so many moms, I have lost myself in the business of motherhood. I use to love to read, write, go out with girlfriends and watch good movies. Now, I enjoy picking up legos, changing diapers, cooking lunches, and constantly breaking up fights. Motherhood is so hard, but there is nothing I would rather do with my time than take care of these little blessings. However, I have come to realize that if I do not take care of myself, I am no good to anyone. I hit a point where I was always tired and run down, which resulted in a fuse that was much shorter than it should be. I knew something needed to change, but I was not sure what I could do about that when I had a responsibility to be at home with these kiddos. I decided that anything would be better than nothing at this point, and I could tweak it as needed as life changed.
So last Monday, I started this lifestyle change. I began 21 day fix to help me get started on eating healthy and exercising every day. I also committed to myself to kick my Mountain Dew habit. Now if you know me, you know that was a huge step because that was about all that I ever drank. The day before I quit, I was drinking about 6 Mountain Dews a diet, and fooled myself into thinking that it was ok because they were diet. I could not have been more wrong. I am now 9 days into this lifestyle change and I have not had a drop of caffeine or cheated on my plan once. I have eaten clean (multiple times a day) and I have exercised at the beginning of nap time each day. And you know what? I feel better than I ever have! I do not need a nap when the kids nap (unless I was up all night the night before), and I am more productive in house work, meal prep, and school work. My children have even began working out with me so that they can be healthy too.
I am going to keep blogging about this journey, and if I am the only one who reads it, so be it. But if my journey can help you in any way, I would love for you to join me. This journey is not one that will change my life overnight, but if I keep at it, eventually I will be where I want to be. But know what is most important in this journey? I am finally taking the time to become the mom, wife, friend, and Christ follower that I was meant to be. I was made for so much more than the mundane, but that is what I have been living in for the past several years. No more. Here’s to the new me!
“Lord, help me become a vessel that you will use. Help me keep my eyes on you as I begin this journey to find who you made me to be.”