After sitting all day. A dentist appointment. Getting home later than usual. The last thing I wanted to do was workout.
When we finally got home I was tired, grouchy, and just wanted to sit on the couch. Then these 2 little voices kept saying "mommy, can you play outside with me?", "mommy, can we play with Lincoln logs?" I didn't have the energy to do anything. I knew if I kept sitting it would only get worse and had to force myself to get up and just do my 25min. workout knowing that when I was finished I'd get a 2nd wind and have more energy for my kids and be in a better mood.
Hunter and I played with Lincoln logs. All homework done. Practiced spelling words. Cleaned up dinner and put tomorrow's dinner in the crockpot. This is my WHY!
It took me 25 mins. To change my entire mood, my energy was boosted, and I was in full "mom mode" by the time I was done with my workout.
I need those 25-30 mins. after I get home to relieve some stress and just regroup before I start tackling all my "chores" or start doing all the things my kids want me to do.
I used to think it was selfish to take care of myself first and now I realize it was more selfish not to. To come home tired, grouchy, not want to do anything wasn't really effecting me as much as It was my FAMILY! Yes, I benefit from working out and eating clean, but the positive changes it has on my family is WHY I do It!
Moms... we set the tone in our household. If we're grouchy everyone's grouchy. If we're tired and boring our kids are tired and bored. I'll take being "selfish" for 25mins. any day over not and being the no fun tired Mom who keeps saying "maybe later", "in a minute", "mommy is tired, let's just watch tv for a while so I can rest". It's funny how something that is physically exhausting can actually wake you up! Give you energy and improve your mood. But I'm here to tell you it works!