Once upon a time I was an athlete. I wasn’t an especially good athlete but I did my fair share of 5K races and sprint triathlons. I worked out more days than I didn’t and my yoga pants were actually worn to yoga classes.
And then I had kids (Miles, age 6, and Evelyn, who just turned 2).
And then I moved cross country for a big new job (goodbye Arizona, hello Iowa!).
And then I started grad school (I’ll be “Dr. Wendy” someday soon, if all goes according to plan).
So the last few years have been exciting in many ways, but in the midst of all of these changes, the amount of time I’ve spent taking care of myself and my fitness has really taken a hit. This is something that was made very clear to me while I was snuggling with my son who cheerfully noted that he likes to lay on me because I’m “soft, like a pillow!”
Gee, thanks son.
The thing is that he isn’t wrong. I’m pretty, well, squishy these days. I don’t think I could run a mile if I had to and I sure as heck couldn’t do a triathlon. While the fact that I’m basically starting at zero in terms of my fitness level is a bit discouraging, I’ve decided that now that life seems to be settling down a bit I’m long overdue to start spending some time taking care of myself.
It can be hard to make self-care a priority in the midst of all the demands of motherhood, but I’m also focusing on the fact that I want my kids to see me taking care of myself and growing up seeing that exercise and fitness are important.
So, I’m starting tonight by putting some air in the tires of the jogging stroller, loading up the baby and starting the journey back to being less pillow-like with some small steps.
As a mom, do you find it hard to make time for yourself?