I remember being a kid and rolling my eyes when I would hear the adults talking about how time flys by…
Even though I am a summer girl through and through, in many ways I am ready for a break from all of this humidity! It’s been a very sticky August here in Grayslake, Illinois and the thought of those mild Fall mornings is looking better and better.
Summer 2016 has been a busy and exciting one for my family…and a little stressful…but all of it good.
In the spring we bought a new home in the same town we have lived in for 9 years. A little fixer upper with good bones. A house with character that we saw incredible potential in. The rest of the summer has been mainly focused on the selling of our previous home, packing up, logistics, moving to the new place, and working on transforming the new house into our vision (most of which my husband has wanted to do himself, and is doing a great job!) And oh yeah, I have a 1-year-old who is now walking and very VERY busy! Not to mention keeping up with every day life and enjoying all things summer while living in somewhat of a construction zone! But how can I complain?? It’s a new house with new beginnings, and I know we are going to love it! We already do. I just have to practice patience, and this is a great character exercise. (I know if you’ve been through a renovation you know EXACTLY what I mean!:)
Working with Baby in Tow:
I continue to offer fitness classes, trainings, and coaching with clients who don’t mind Georgie being with me. Though I am often tempted to do MORE, I feel called to be home with her, and I don’t want anything to take away too much time from the homestead right now. She is my number one priority, and I feel so fortunate to be able to do what I love and have her with me. I absolutely love when all the kids come to classes while the parents are gettin’ it done! It’s sometimes crazy, but it’s real life and I love the chaos of it all. We are a team! Many times the kids even work out with us. Those are some good workouts…they will get your energy up! I continue to try to meet as many of the wants/needs of my clients as far as formats, personal training opportunities, and fitness coaching. My greatest temptation is to say yes to all the opportunities, but again, I practice restraint and look to make the best business/work decisions that will serve my family well during this season.
Finding Strength as a Mom:
Something miraculous happens when you become a mom…or a dad for that matter:) I really do feel mentally and physically stronger than ever right now. I am not sure how or why, but I do.
I value mental toughness. Grit. I believe that the attitude comes before the feeling. I work on this like I do my physical body. I strive for perspective and positivity. I am not perfect in this, but I often choose my mood-actively pushing away negativity and bad thoughts. This is not the same as battling depression or anxiety. Those are real biochemical conditions and situations that often cannot be avoided. Help should always be sought out to assist in that case. However, choosing my mood and digging around to find a “why” to anxiety, grumpiness, or moodiness always helps.
Perspective helps me when I am so sleep deprived my eyes burn. I often say something to myself like, she’s just going through something and it will pass. Perspective helps me when I have had a busy day that didn’t go as planned and I got nothing done, yet I am exhausted. Even if it wasn’t a great day, it was a great day. I am home with my daughter and I get to be with her every day. It’s a great day. Perspective helps me when I am stressed. With so many bad things happening in the world, my problems are minor. I am rich, privileged, and truly blessed.
As I continue to work on gently weaning Georgie (and me!) from breastfeeding my body is ever so slowly starting to lose the last of the pregnancy weight. No matter, I feel stronger than ever. I have spent the last year consistent with my workouts, and over the last 3-4 months especially, I feel strong! Maybe it’s the constant lifting up and down all day of that little 22-pound weight, all those extra steps from chasing her and multiple walks around the park. Or maybe it’s just pushing harder in my workouts because my hour a day is my one thing that’s for me. I use it to de-stress, re-energize, socialize, feel good about my body, and get happy! I am running and pushing a stroller filled with water bottles, snacks, books, pacifiers, sunscreen, and bug spray. Oh yeah, and the dog is with us too. I am NOT fast, but I feel strong doing this! It may not be pretty, but I am out of the house and doing it. All moms understand that this is a big deal! I feel strong just modeling fitness to Georgie. I will intentionally never bring up size or weight with her. But continue to emphasize how awesome moving makes us feel.
As some of you know I am running the Rugged Maniac Race with some friends on Saturday. I can’t explain it, but doing this race represents this past year of motherhood to me. I want to do it because it is going to be a fun-filled dirty journey filled with many obstacles I have never seen. Some will be easy and some will be too difficult for me to do alone. I need to pace myself through the race anticipating the unexpected and ready to dive in head first if need be. I won’t be graceful and have to have a sense of humor about the experience! I know I will be having a blast even though I am going to get some bumps and bruises. I will learn something about the course along the way, and hindsight will be 20/20 after many of the challenges hopefully helping me to have learned something about the obstacle and able to move forward stronger from it. I am running for Georgia and running for my husband. I want to show them that they have made me stronger this year, and crossing that finish line dirty, bruised, and smiling means so much to me!
Post-race update to come!
What in your life has made you stronger?