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By Golda Smith

I’ve been spending time lately going through my emails…all 900+ unread, social media comments and private messages and I keep getting asked the same questions. How many calories do you eat? How do you stay motivated? What exercises do you do to get those abs? Well, I’m writing this article to respond to some of these questions and hopefully set some of you free from the craziness I see on social media.

Before we go any further let me ask you a question. When you look in the mirror, how do you honestly feel about yourself? Going through my social media feed I see women talking pure trash about themselves and it makes me sad for them. Each and every one of us was created in God’s image and He doesn’t make any junk.

Before you think that I always have it together, let me burst that bubble. I’m also not making any judgments if you’re one of those women that discredits herself…been there, done that! What I would like you to know is that you don’t need to beat yourself up and you can begin to develop the habits of a happy FIT Mom, it all starts with a decision and the realization that YOU desire happiness. Allow me to share my 7 habits of a happy FIT Mom

Make time to read God’s word daily- I’d love to dedicate an hour every day to read and meditate on God’s word but when I sit with my Bible, I haven’t been able to focus my mind that long and that’s all right. I start with what I can do and for me sometimes it’s 15 minutes other times it’s 30 minutes and if ALL I’ve got is 5 minutes…I’ll take that too but my goal is 30 minutes. I go to the kitchen with my Bible, journal, pen and smart phone (if I’m studying a plan from the YouVersion app). Starting my day this way helps me focus for the day ahead.

Workout- NO excuses, NO bull, NO whining! I many not always want to do it but my day just isn’t the same if I don’t exercise. Working out, especially in the earlier part of the day helps me power through the rest of the day. My motivation comes from within. I work out for no one else but me…not my children, not for the hopes of attracting a mate…it’s simply for me.

Don’t play the comparison game- I AM God’s masterpiece and guess what? So are YOU. Theodore Roosevelt said it best when he stated “comparison is the thief of joy”. No one perfect, although we can try to be, so why bother comparing yourself to anyone else. Admit it…it’s so exhausting trying to hold yourself up to a standard that was meant for someone else. It’s much easier to be the best you.

Get some sleep- Sometimes I struggle with this, so much so that I set a reminder on my phone when it’s 15 minutes before bedtime so I can begin to wind down. Go quality sleep is so important! The body needs a chance to repair itself and when you are fatigued, the body craves…yes craves sugar and caffeine. Studies also show that sleep helps with stubborn fat loss.

“When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.” Proverbs 3:24

Eat real food- With a little meal planning and prepping I find it very easy to feed myself and my family whole, nutrient dense food. That’s not to say I don’t buy the occasional bag of chips, box of cereal or pizza…I do! However, those aren’t regular items on our menus. With that said, I don’t count calories…EVER. I tried to for a while and I found it to be more trouble than it was worth. I prefer to go by how I feel in my clothes and how I look naked. I eat according to my goal, that’s it. I love helping other moms eat to match their health goals.

Write- I have so many journals. Some old, some brand spanking new. There is something therapeutic about putting my thoughts on paper, even if they make no sense. It definitely didn’t come naturally so if you’re thinking “I can’t start ANOTHER journal” that’s all right. Something that helped me get consistent was to start a gratitude journal. My goal was to write at least 3 things I was grateful for on a daily basis and they couldn’t be the same thing day after day. What that forced me to do was to LOOK around for the small things that are really sometimes the big things we take for granted, like the healthy heart beating in my chest. Will you commit to starting a gratitude journal and writing at least 3 things you’re grateful for everyday? You can do it.

Ask and receive- When I need help, I ask for it. When help is offered and I need it, I accept it. I’ve never had a problem with that yet I’m amazed how many moms don’t like asking for help! That’s ridiculous because we weren’t meant to do this thing called life in a bubble until the day we die. We are co-dependent beings and it is not a sign of weakness to say “can you help me please?”

I’m sure I could go on but this is a great start. Take one day at a time and sometimes, one moment at a time. Now that I had my chance to share I’d love to know your thoughts. What are some ways you cultivate happiness? Please share your comments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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