Four hours a week is all it takes to live your best life … maybe not even that much time. 4 hours. If your life isn’t worth 4 hours then you don’t have a life. Someone just told me that in a podcast that I’m listening to. And, honestly, I couldn’t agree more.
Over the last year and a half I’ve made some pretty good decisions to help me LIVE my best life. What I can tell you looking back at who I was before I started this Happy Healthy Life Project is that I wasn’t living my best life.
I was tired, exhausted, had high cholesterol and had a very pessimistic outlook on life. I had 4 kids and a hubby who worked away half the month and I ended up feeling sorry for myself most of the time. Yeah — I ended up throwing a gigantic pity party most of the time because I didn’t know how to fix things. And, if you know me, you know that I am a fixer. If one of my kids has a problem – it’s Mom to the rescue with a solution. If my hubby has a problem – he comes to me and we talk it through. But, for myself, I had a really difficult time because I didn’t know how to fix things. I was at a point in my life that not only did I want to be healthy but I needed to be healthy. My cholesterol numbers were extremely high and heart disease runs in my family. My Dad actually passed away at a young age because of it. And, being a Mom to 4 beautiful kids, I didn’t want them to have a Mom gone too soon from the same disease. I had a real fear of leaving my kids and hubby at a young age. And in that moment, when my doctor told me that I would have to bring my cholesterol numbers down or start medication, all those emotions of loosing my Dad at a young age came rushing back. All of a sudden it was real. I had a problem. But I was lost as to how I could fix it this time.
And, then one day on a whim I signed up to get some at home workouts streamed into my home. It was the best decision I’ve made in regards to my health journey – because if you’re like me … four kids and a hubby who is only home half the month – getting to the gym isn’t going to happen. And anyway, I never knew what to do at the gym when I did have a membership. I would spend an hour bouncing from machine to machine and not have clue what I was doing. This opportunity has allowed me to put in a 30 minute workout (ok somedays are longer if you consider that I also have to break up fist fights and do potty patrol with my twins!) and feel good about myself. This isn’t about weight loss for me. It’s about getting healthy. It’s about teaching my kids that taking care of their bodies is important. It’s about LIVING my BEST life instead of watching from the sidelines.
Listen Momma, if you’re anything like me I know you want to live your best life too. You can do it – just like I did. I don’t believe in diets. I don’t believe in starving myself. I don’t believe in counting calories, macros (what even is that?!) or any other crazy thing people do to loose weight. I believe that we are all meant to be different shapes and sizes. And I also believe that just because you’re a size 2 doesn’t make you healthier than the girl who’s a size 14. I know that life is meant to be lived.
Has the road been easy? No. But – has my life changed? Yes, you bet it has. For most of my adult life my cholesterol has been high — but for over the last year its been normal. Yes, I’ve lost all the extra weight I was carrying around and I’ve lost inches, but the best thing about all this transformation — is that I know I’ve done everything to ensure my kids have their Momma here for a long time. And, that right there, is priceless.
If you want to know exactly how I did it — I’ll tell you! And never forget Momma, you are stronger than your excuses!
Lots of Love,