"I Think I Feel Stronger..."
This is something I've heard recently from several of my clients. And it makes me SO. HAPPY. Because that's what I want for them, to feel strong and confident like they can do all the things. In fact, one of them came in the other day stoked that she was able to easily turn off a light by her bed. And I was just as happy as she was.
That's the real life stuff, being able to turn off a light without feeling like you're going to fall off the bed or mopping a floor without throwing out your back.
This is the #1 reason I'm bored talking about weight loss right now. I would much rather talk about how your bladder is working and how your back and belly handle daily tasks than how flat your belly used to be or what size pants you want to fit back into.
I know that for a lot of moms workout programs are aesthetically driven and while I understand that (because I've been there), it kind of bums me out. But I'm also not immune from those thoughts, those "I feel fat, I should go work out" thoughts. I fight them all the time, especially on weeks where I'm feeling like I've been running on fumes- much like the last few weeks.
I allow "have to" to creep back into my thoughts instead of "feels good". When I think of exercise as a "have to", it sucks all the joy and fun out of it. Then I get comments like the ones above from clients and I'm reminded of the real benefits of exercise...
- Less pain
- Mental breaks
- Being able to do daily tasks easier
- It just feels good to move
Because that short exercise session might just save my sanity later on when I'm inevitably arguing with the five-year-old for the hundredth time that hour...
Side note- anyone have an accurate word to describe five? We used fournager for four and now I think we've entered a new phase.... help me.
This is something my clients in Strong Like a Mom are also learning, how to add movement in on their own terms. It's really hard, but freeing- I promise.
Speaking of Strong Like a Mom, I'm opening up the group and looking for up to 10 new mommas or mommas-to-be to join the tribe. These workouts are tailored for your stage of pregnancy and postpartum, are diastasis recti and pelvic floor safe, and easily adaptable to fit into your life.
Have a question about Strong Like a Mom before you join? Contact me here.