GYM, KIDS, WIFE & FAMILY LIFE
I’m a mum of three, a wife, I work and study. I’m a busy person and as my children get older and they start to get involved with hobbies, it gets harder to find the time to myself. But I still manage to find the time to work out 3 or 4 times a week. Mark (my husband) gets up and goes to the gym – he’s busy too and manages to find the motivation to get up despite having a demanding job.
I started going to the gym for me, I wanted to lose weight and feel good about myself. Them few hours a week I planned on just doing something for me. I’ve found working out has become more of an emotional journey – it’s made me have a strength I never knew I had. You see in actual fact I’m not just doing it for me; I have three children I want to make all the happy memories with, we want them to have healthy parents and to pick up on some really healthy habits. It’s working! They show interest in what we do and ask if we are going “gyming” today, they have noticed we have more get up and go and that, well to be honest, that mum and dad are a little less stressed. Although I started this transformation journey to lose weight never did I think that going to the gym 3 to 4 times a week would have a positive effect on my children at such a young age. They loved me before I started this journey, they still love me during this journey, I would say they will love me at the end of this journey but I don’t think I will ever be at the end as there is always new goals you want to achieve and other ways you want to push yourself. But the best thing so far is that I’m finding me again, I am far from where I want to be but I LOVE the person I am growing into and honestly I don’t think I would be pushing myself in other areas of my life if I wasn’t pushing myself in my workouts.
One thing I have learnt is that losing weight will not make everything better, embracing the journey and finding what works best for you will make it that bit more enjoyable and more sustainable and that can be applied to all areas of your life and that is what will make things better. As a mother of boys I feel like I have to not only raise them to be gentlemen but also be a role model for the type of woman they may eventually want in their life. I want them to see a confident woman that of course has flaws like we all do but that can embrace them – a happy, positive woman. It’s safe to say that this journey I am on is still very much for me, but it has changed. One day when I look back I can say that I am proud of myself but what I really want is for my family to be proud of me and for them to be happy that I am happy and I know that they will be.
Don’t wait until you’ve reached your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of every step you take toward reaching that goal.