Who is your thief? Or maybe what is your thief? You know who/what I am talking about. Who/what prevents you from working out, eating healthy, staying motivated, getting that long run in?
I have many thieves... some I love dearly and wouldn't want them to change:
They do prevent me from putting my fitness first. I spend hours with them and then when it is time for me to do P90X or go for a run, you would think that I had ignored them for 2 years the way the react: "Do you have to run 9 miles today, mom?" whined Kiera last week. It was 7am... all she wanted to do was watch TV prior to me leaving... and now that I was dressed to head out and daddy was ready to take the helm, she laid on the guilt trip - THICK! "You always run and never want to be with me," she continued. My heart sank as I closed the door and headed out but it WAS necessary. I truly believe it makes me a BETTER mom to get away. I come back stinky, but renewed! Ready to tickle and play in sand boxes, and watch her latest dance moves. (BTW: Brock could seem to care less most of the time when I leave, but I think that will change when he starts Kindergarten next year). This wasn't always the case. Can I blame my weight gain entirely on my beautiful gifts from God - no way... but it is a struggle for stay-at-home-mothers and working mothers to put themselves first - sometimes!
You have them. You make them. They consume you at times.
"I don't have time."
"I'll do it tomorrow."
"I had a rough day."
"One piece of cake won't hurt."
"I'll start tomorrow."
"My family needs me."
"My work needs me."
"I'm too tired."
I could go on. Excuses rob me of my health, of my ability to stand firm. What has changed is that I have come up with answers to my excuses... you know, imagine someone else was giving me these excuses and what would be my response?
"How long does it take you? 30 minutes? You don't have 30 minutes?
"Do it now... not tomorrow."
"Rough day... take it out on the pavement, you"ll feel better"
"How far will you have to run to feel good about eating that piece of cake?"
"Don't start tomorrow -forget what happened earlier and start NOW!"
"You are a better mom, wife, daughter when you take time for yourself!"
"Work can wait... they don't pay you overtime."
"You'll feel less tired after you workout... if not, then be lazy."
It takes work but you can be your biggest motivator.
It tastes so good. I love to eat. Every celebration is around food, right? It's your birthday..."let's go out to dinner!" It's Christmas: stuff yourself with all of your mother's food- so Y-U-M-M-Y!! I mean, if I do not eat, I would die, right?
I WILL die if I do not eat the right foods! I have learned what my triggers are and have conquered most of them. Example: I go to bed still at 8:30. Not because I am tired... but because I like to eat while I am watching TV. So, if I go to bed after I put the kids down, I do not eat. Most rational people can control themselves and not eat... or not watch TV... but I can't yet. And besides, when Brock comes in at 5:30 to snuggle... I am not exhausted. I love it... I can enjoy his company because I went to bed at 8:30 (and because I know my little boy won't always want to snuggle with me).
I keep healthy foods to snack on. I buy snacks for the kids that I do not like - so even if I am desperate, I won't eat them - gummies are so NOT appealing to me.
So as you go through your day, week, month, year... what/who are your thieves? And how can you stop them from robbing you of your