Recently I have been asking myself this question.
What have I done for myself lately?
I'm an awesome mom, nurse, fitness instructor, health coach, and wife, but there is one big problem when you are ALL of these.
You're a giver.
I always knew that I was a go-getter, but it never really dawned on me how much of a go-giver I am.
I go, and go, and go, all... day... long.
So what gives?
I haven't written a blog in over a month because well, I didn't have my best self to give you!
I was jet lagged from a lot of travel, frustrated from situations and things out of my control, tearing my hair out with a toddler who is about to hit 2, feeling guilty about not spending much time with my husband, and quite honestly looking bloated and tired.
Our hormones are clever little buggers and when they aren't in check our body and mind pays for it.
Estrogen and Cortisol are fat storing hormones and they are the highest when we are stressed.
Naturally as women, we have a lot of estrogen. It's most dominant in our body when we hit puberty, when pregnant, and right after menopause, but add a stressed body and mind on top of our natural make up and look out!
I was a walking time bomb, and quite honestly, I didn't like feeling that way.
I had a choice; Continue with this downward spiral or make some serious changes in my life. No matter how you slice it, it's all a choice.
We all share the same 24 hours. What are you going to do with it?
Here's what I did:
I started getting up early and I committed to 30 minutes a day of my own personal workouts. Not training my clients, not teaching my classes, my OWN personal workout. I even hit up the hotel gym when traveling and did PiYo by the lake when cottaging.
I set some new personal goals. Not business goals, not parenting goals, not educational goals. I want to shave 5 minutes off my 5k time, and I've contacted a really good friend and running coach to help me.
I started writing in a daily journal about my blessings and gratitude. I continue to coach. I continue to teach, but not until I know in my heart all that I have to give, and all that I have to be thankful for.
I take 20 minutes each week to plan healthy meals for my family. My husband and I are a great team. Notice the word "cook" was not in my roles from above, but I like to think of myself as the mastermind behind what goes on our table.
All of these things have helped me feel like myself again.
Happy, energetic, alive, proud, confident and moving forward.
So tell me, what have you done for yourself lately?
All it takes is a little planning.
Whatever it is you want. Go make it happen.