If you will remember, from my introduction, I am the home schooling mother to three very active boys. Between completing their schoolwork, fixing them nutritious meals, maintaining a (somewhat) clean home, working on my health counseling business (realhealth365.com), and chauffeuring them to their various sports and social activities that left very little time for me to concentrate on getting me back into the best shape that I can be. Upon my induction into the FitCity Moms network, I vowed that I would at least get my workouts in by utilizing the time that my kids were in the pool to take full advantage of the YMCA membership that I was gifted with.
It has now been two months since I first walked into the YMCA, and while I did have a set back or two (nasty sinus infection and a small recurrence a week or two later), I have been faithful to my schedule and am noticing my clothes fitting better (my jeans are actually starting to hang on my hips), muscle definition where there wasn’t any before, and my husband is noticing that curve down to my hip coming back. I’ve only weighed myself once since that first tell all post, and I was down 10 pounds at that point. I have to believe it’s more now, especially since I need to go purchase new clothes!
Well, I have the workout part down pat and I’m on way to feeling much more comfortable in my skin. Maybe I should take some time to relax now. Wait a minute, what’s relaxation?? I’m not sure I remember the concept; let alone how to do it!! I called up Kathy Williams at Resolve Massage Therapy (one of the other gifts when I joined the FitCity Moms network) and made a much deserved appointment. I must say, I did feel very guilty for indulging in this hour for myself while my husband was holding down the fort, but I also feel like I earned it.
I was able to communicate to Kathy about my training that I have been doing and my troublesome areas. She listened with expert ears and was able to work out a good portion of my knots AND stretch me so that I will be in good shape to run not just the Indianapolis 500 Mini-Marathon, but the Geist ½ Marathon as well! When our time came to an end, she said that she easily could have worked on me for two hours with the amount of knots/tightness I still had. I’d like to say that I was surprised at that statement, but I wasn’t. Even though she said I still needed work, I felt like I was on a cloud as I was leaving and am very grateful to her miraculous hands for caring for me in such a manner.
I’m horrible at taking time for myself, which is why this quote resounds with me: “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” – Sydney J. Harris If I have one tip to give you today, PLEASE find some time for yourself to relax. It doesn’t have to be a massage, a cup of tea in a quite place with a book or a journal will do very nicely. As a health counselor, I cannot stress how important it is to bring yourself into a peaceful, relaxed state as often as you can. You will be a better version of yourself when you do.