*This post was submitted by our 2015 spokeswoman Chrissie!
When I was in high school I once saw a mom at my dance studio that just looked tired and beat. As I stood there, a perfectly put together teen with a tight body and tons of time to blow out my bangs (hello 1995!) I thought when I become a mom I am going to take care of myself. I mean how hard is it to put a brush through your hair right?
Fast forward 15 years, there I am taking a virtual class on a Saturday morning. My outfit consisted of my pj bottoms and the only workout shirt I could find in my laundry that hasn’t been folded in over a month. My youngest was trying to play catch with a five pound weight and my face and I was screaming at the top of my lungs for my oldest to stop jumping on the couch all while I am doing my 100th crunch. I realized I owed that mother an apology. Even more it got me thinking about my life as a mother. I have come to a point where I have lost all control of what normal should be and I am tired.
Truly I think every mom comes to this point during different parts of their mom career, I am guessing I am hitting my first hurdle. The exhaustion is amplified by the happy pictures of other families on Facebook and Instagram doing cool things while I am just praying everyone will give me five minutes so I can see what the heck happened on NCIS last night. I naturally had to record it b/c I was busy doing yoga, making lunches and instagramming family pictures so people think that at least one day a week I have it together. BTW I bribed all three of them with ice cream to get this shot.
When I started this round of 6Fit I went in with the goal to lose that last 10lbs but what really happened was this. I got sick. The kind of sick you used to get in elementary school when your mom kept you out for a week and your sibling brought your work home. When you get this sick as a mom though you just have to take some Advil and push ahead. So I did. Then I got sicker, so I continued to do the team challenges and kept my team in the loop but I slowed down on classes. Then I nosedived into a place of sickness where your boss takes you aside, asks you what you are doing to yourself, and sends you home. Then my grandmother passes away. I finally stopped. I was forced too and I needed it.
You see balance isn’t something that is going to happen for me anytime soon. My life is always going to be filled with kids that need snacks (immediately), a husband that needs support b/c he is working just as hard, and family and friends that want to see us b/c they love us and our crazy life, the weekly pictures don’t fool them at all. What I need to start doing is slowing down in the midst of the chaos. It can happen and for me to continue to grow strong I have to make it happen. More importantly I need to recognize that these moments of stopping to rest are just as important as all of the classes I am taking and the healthy food I am eating.
Perspective that is what I found in this 6Fit. Finding your way to health has many layers that I am still figuring out. It’s ok to stop. It’s ok to say no. It’s ok to have no plans on the weekend. It’s ok to be sick and need a day in your bed. And god help me its ok to watch NCIS on Tuesday at 8 o’clock. These things are not going to make your crazy life even crazier but they are going to make you happier and that right there is the best lesson I have learned yet!
Wishing you a few minutes of stillness through the chaos and no orange fingers.
Mom of 3, wife, business owner, ballet teacher and fitness instructor. Trying hard to raise healthy, happy and grateful children while running the studio of my dreams. Trying to stay FIT, flexible, stylish and take care of myself in the process!