Choose You Blog
By: Kristy Cook, Community Representative
The other day I saw a quote that read, “You know your life has changed when you look at going to the grocery store like it is going on a vacation.” I think most mothers can relate to that.
I have three boys ranging in age from four to nine. They are all very active; they like to play football, baseball, and soccer. Keeping your family busy makes bedtime a lot easier, but makes taking time for yourself difficult. So little trips to the grocery store or going to get the Sunday paper feel like my own getaway.
At the beginning of the year, like most people I made New Year’s resolutions. The first was for both me and my kids to eat healthier (I consider that one resolution). The second was for taking time for myself to do some kind of activity- – like yoga, zumba or swimming – as long as it was something I could do by myself, without a child or husband needing my attention. Taking time for yourself- “choosing you” can be easy!
Resolution 1: Eating Healthier
Over the last couple of months I have discovered that – when both parents work full-time and you have three little busybodies – it’s all about planning. In order to eat healthier, I had to plan better. That meant I would have to actually sit down and write a weekly menu.
It’s still a work in progress, but I definitely see the difference between when I do plan and when I don’t. When I plan, we have fresh vegetables instead of canned. When I plan, the boys eat an hour earlier, giving them fewer opportunities to fill up on snacks before dinner and more time to eat before homework and bath time.
Resolution 2: Making Healthy Time for Me
My second resolution was to do something just for me that would be healthy for my body and mind. The problem is that by mid-January, I still hadn’t figured out what “my time” was going to be. I had a gym membership, but I never used it. I live in a good subdivision, but I never walk it. I just couldn’t find that one thing that was going to motivate me to “choose me.”
Then, at an office meeting one morning in January, I learned about Determination, the American Cancer Society’s endurance event training program which gives athletes the opportunity to raise awareness and millions of dollars to fight cancer. I was able to kick start resolutions by doing a few simple things!
- Planning: By sitting down and writing a weekly menu I was able to start eating healthier. We have fresh vegetables more often versus canned, and the boys are less likely to fill up on snacks in between meals.
- Find Motivation: I learned about Determination, the American Cancer Society’s endurance event training program which gives athletes the opportunity to raise awareness and millions of dollars to fight cancer. That’s the motivation I needed!
This was exactly the type of program I needed…especially because it gives me a way to fight back against cancer, which claimed my mother’s life five years ago. I plan to run in my mom’s memory, and for the many other family members who fought the disease before her. I now run three days a week, and hope to reach that 13.1 mile goal by October 21, 2012.
What’s funny is that when I tell people I’m training for a half marathon, they ask, “How are you taking time for yourself?” My response is ‘you have to make the time.’ If I — a mom with three kids and a full time job — can find the time to “choose me” you can too! But you have to make it a priority.