In the last few years, I started to take some time out for myself to get strong again. In high school and college, I was dedicated to staying healthy. I ran, swam, played tennis, lifted weights (I used to be able to bench press 175 lbs!!); I kept myself busy and active. But life happened and I told myself I didn’t deserve to take time to exercise.
I got my inspiration back because I joined up with local moms through Mommy and Me Fitness… big things happened in my life because I got inspired (read my testimony here!). I set my own goals once again because I realized I could! I had forgotten how much I enjoyed the burn of a good workout! In 2013, I challenged myself and signed up for a Warrior Dash and a Triathlon. The Warrior Dash was a blast! The triathlon was anything but. I was terrified the entire time I was there and the open water swim? Gah. It’s going to take me years to get past that!
After I’d patted my back for surviving the tri, I needed another goal. At that time, Abbie from Farmer’s Daughter was posting about the wonderful progress she made working toward her goal of swimming a continuous mile! Once again, I got inspired and started swimming many, many laps. Of course, once I got started I remember how much I loved swimming and really looked forward to my time in the pool.
So here we are, starting another year… and another opportunity to get stronger. Abbie and I put our heads together and we’ve decided to challenge you on a weekly basis. Claim the MIghty Mommy title for yourself, every day, not just Mondays 🙂 Every week, we’ll host a link up for you to tell us what you’re doing to take care of your health; workouts, menu plans, how to keep your family active, etc. Abbie set the goal of swimming 50 miles in 2014! Me? I want more muscle. (Cue Jillian Michaels dvds.) I also set the goal of regular workouts that will help me cover 30 swimmers miles this year. I want to shift from breaststroke to freestyle, so I know I’m going to have to restart the Zero to 1650 plan to work my way up.
What does “Mighty Mommy” mean to you? To me it means that I’m capable of being my truest self. I am at a point in my life where perfection is no longer my goal… heck, it’s not even on my radar anymore! What I do want is joy, strength and self-esteem. Not only for myself, but for my children. My parents were far from overweight, my mother in particular. I remember that her weight “battle” was to gain; she was petite, had perfect skin that darkened to a glorious tan without much effort and had jet black hair. And yet, I never heard a positive word from her about her body. I’ve written before about self-esteem and I’m determined to be the voice in my children’s heads that tells them they are beautiful. But in order to do that, I’ve got to make sure my own voice is positive! Every time my muscles burn from a good workout, I feel powerful. When I see my sweaty hair and face in the mirror after a run, I feel beautiful. And every time I do something I didn’t think I’d ever be able to do, I feel Mighty!!
Have you set a healthy goal for 2014? Join us this year with your posts, your goals, your accomplishments, your failures, your dreams. Share in the comments and/or go write a post about it and come back to link it up here! The wonder of internet communities is that we can be a support for each other – even from afar! Feel free to use our Mighty Mommy Mondays badge in your posts or on your side bar, with a link back here, to spread the word. In the spirit of community and encouragement, please take some time to visit the other posts linked below and see what kind of goals everyone else has set for 2014. And don’t forget to come back here or to Farmer’s Daughter every Monday to share your progress!