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If you’re one of those ladies that has gobs of extra hours in her day and tons of energy to go around, this episode is probably not for you. BUT, if you’re a mom that never has the time and never has the energy to work out and that’s always your biggest struggle, then lean in, take notes, and be encouraged. The best part about this episode is that I’m NOT going to tell you how to wake up earlier or cut things out of your schedule or make you feel bad that your priorities are all out of whack. Let’s get to it.
Is there anything more irritating than when someone tells you, “If it was important enough to you, you’d make the time.” Yes, I get the idea, but I know you’re probably thinking it IS important, but I literally have no time and barely ever have the energy to do it anyway. So those comments feel so insensitive and honestly, probably make you feel ashamed that you’re not prioritizing better. And that’s demoralizing and not at at all helpful to you in the long run.
Whenever moms join the Self Care Simplified FB group, I ask right off the bat what they struggle with most when it comes to their self care. Lots of things are always mentioned, like injuries, or food prep ideas, or weight loss. But there are two struggles that I believe go hand in hand that are far and away the most commonly mentioned. Nothing else even comes close. And it’s not having enough energy or time.
It’s a story of frustration. You never have enough time in the day. You don’t have any energy. And so your workouts - the ones you know you should be doing to be in better shape and maybe even get you more energy - just fall to the backburner and don’t happen.
I got an email from a mom recently that said, “My number one struggle is finding time. I’m working a 50-60 hour/week job and commuting an hour. When I get home, I’m exhausted. I want to spend the 2 hours I have in the evenings with my kids being present. That leaves taking away sleep time if I chose to work out. What is more important? Getting 6-7 hours of sleep or taking away from that time to work out.”
Ok… that’s my challenge today. To see if I can help this mom, and YOU, figure this out.
I’m not going to tell you to “get up earlier”.
I’m not going to tell you that you need to get rid of something on your calendar.
Let’s just assume that like this mom, your schedule is packed, it’s fixed and that’s just not going to change.
Today, instead of demoralizing you and telling you things that really won’t help, I want to give you some grace, some encouragement, and some ideas on what you can do.
Let’s begin with finding the energy…
First, I want you to keep in mind that doing something new and different is going to require significantly more energy in the beginning than it will when it becomes a habit.
Secondly, maximize your energy, don’t try and fight it
One more sidenote on energy… if it’s a constant battle, your nutrition could be a huge culprit. When your eating habits are pretty bad, it will ABSOLUTELY impact your energy levels. While you’re working on figuring out your energy high and low points, also see what you can do to improve your eating habits a little bit, even if it’s just drinking more water all day long. You can go listen to ANY of my nutrition podcast episodes to have a good idea of what this could look like, but even the one a few weeks ago about supplements would be good to refer to.
First, make the workout itself far less time consuming but still effective.
Second, take advantage of the days that aren’t so full (weekends)
The big idea here is that I don’t want you to constantly be at battle with your own energy and your own schedule. Let’s just see if we can think outside the box and work with it. Probably the biggest takeaway is understanding that something small is infinitely better than nothing at all.
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