Being a mama has you running in a million different directions on any given day of the week. It’s not easy being a mom, let alone a mama looking to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle. I know personally, I have made every excuse in the book. This post is here to give you 5 Habits That Every Mama Needs to Destroy The Excuses.
These are 5 habits that every mom can commit to in order to make health and wellness a top goal. This is a base for self-care. Take care of your health and you’ll have more energy to live the life you want with those you love.
When you place importance on your health, you are indirectly making your family’s health a priority also. As a mama, I know I’m also trying to show my girls how to take care of themselves and their bodies to set positive body image.
You know the saying, “When Mama’s happy, everyone’s happy?” Well, the same thing goes for health. When a pillar of the family is focused on a healthy lifestyle, it initiates a cascade effect of healthy behaviors for everyone.
5 Habits That Every Mama Needs to Destroy The Excuses
No, I’m not talking about physical flexibility, I’m talking about mental flexibility.
Knowing that you can workout ANYTIME, ANYWHERE.
I’ve done workouts at the park doing push-ups against a bench while my kids play or doing squats in the tiny bathroom while the kids bathe. You only need a little bit of room to do squats and standing ab exercises. But that’s what flexibility is all about. We see a window of opportunity and we make it happen.
My favorite workouts are my Streaming Workouts that I can do anywhere I have wifi. My basement, visiting my in-laws, even staying at a hotel.
Being flexible with your workout plan means you may do playground circuits chair dips while cooking dinner, planks during tummy time, or squat shuffles in the backyard. Or knowing that even if you skip a day it doesn’t have to throw off your whole schedule. That’s part of what I love about my LIFT and HIIT program, with workouts only 4 days a week and 3 rest days, I can fit it into my busy schedule.
Knowing what you put into your body is AWARENESS.
As a mama trying to live a healthy lifestyle we need to be mindful of food choices, not only for ourselves but for our family as well.
Food tracking apps, like MyFitnessPal and FitBit work because they measure and track what you put into your body. You begin to realize that a handful of chips or finishing the snacks off your kid’s plates aren’t empty calories.
I personally HATE counting calories, and have adapted the 2B Mindset lifestyle. It’s a way of changing your mindset and knowing visually how to plate your food. You can even “treat” yourself and still lose weight happily. I don’t have to weight, measure, or count food. I just follow simple rules and don’t have to worry about eating out at restaurants, traveling, or even my battle with emotional eating.
It becomes less about the number on the scale and actually desensitizes you to the scale by teaching you how to use it as a tool and not see it as the enemy. If you are looking for a plan that works, I cannot recommend 2B Mindset enough. It’s a realistic plan that becomes a lifestyle. Also, if you sign up with one of my links, you get me as your coach, and access to my group of other mama’s for support and accountability.
One of the best bonuses of an aware mama is having aware kids!! The more knowledge you provide them surrounding food choices the more empowered they are to make the right decisions. It’s all about moderation and understanding the value of a well-balanced meal.
Fitness is better in numbers and with support. It’s even BETTER in a family.
Be intentional about including your kids. There is no better model for a healthy lifestyle than Mom and Dad.
- Do yoga together
- Meet at the track for “races”
- Workout in front of your kids
- Do Double Time– a workout meant for families as you have to have a partner for all the moves.
- Make dinner together
- Put a healthy snack list on the fridge
- Go for a hike
- Walk together
- Youtube family exercises and follow the videos together
Most importantly tell them WHY. Tell your kids why it is important to work out and make healthy food choices. It also pays to be inclusive with your girlfriends. Hold each other accountable, motivate each other and help each other out.
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As a mama, we have to be as productive as possible because we may never know what each day will bring. That’s why productivity needs to be our middle name.
Fail to plan, plan to fail.
Mamas are busy but with a little extra commitment and some flexible consistency, you can have a plan for success.
Meal Planning offers so many benefits. It can help you:
- Save money and time
- Alleviate stress
- Eliminate impulse junk food buys
- Plan healthy meals
When you have a meal plan for each night of the week, your chances of being put in a position to run by the local fast food restaurant are MUCH slimmer.
In all honesty, this is one of the areas I need the most improvement. I know all the good that comes from meal planning, and just need to dive in and make the commitment.
Healthy moms don’t stop with just a meal plan, they also attempt to put a *flexible* workout plan in place. (Remember, it’s all about that adaptable mindset!)
Set-up days to target strength training, cardio, and rest. This is why I love my streaming workouts, they come with specific calendars that focus on just what you need for your healthy lifestyle. along with a nutrition plan that makes it simple to lose weight and be as productive as possible.
If there is a day you are fully booked, make a mental commitment to wake up at 5 AM to get your workout in. Anticipating your weekly schedule is a small step that goes a long way. You’ll also want to anticipate change because if there’s one thing Moms know to be true it is that THINGS CHANGE, we adapt and keep moving.
Positive self-talk for you and for your family is the habit you don’t want to be without.
Remember you are the role model. Compliment yourself in front of your kids. It may sound silly but think out loud. “I feel strong today.” That statement alone will empower you and eave your kids thinking you may be a superhero.
If you are continually applying a positive mindset for yourself it will, in turn, affect the family. I once read that the way you speak to yourself and your kids heavily influences their inner voice.
With that in mind, build yourself up to build your kids up. If you place focus on the negative it will be easier to succumb to excuses and “I cannot’s”
If mama doesn’t make healthy choices, why should I?!? That is one scary thought I do not want to give my girls.
Try listening to podcasts that build you up, as well as meditation and self-care are a great way to start learning to speak to yourself in a nicer voice.
There are all kinds of mamas out there, some have that desire for a 6 pack, others have that organic garden– but at the end of the day, we are all striving to make healthy choices a priority in our lives.
You may be going strong on the fitness track or you may have stepped off your path a little. The great thing about these habits are once you pick them up, they can be hard to shake!!
Looking to get back into the swing of things?!? Start small by focusing on one habit and the rest will follow.
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- Podcasts for Personal Development
- 10 Habits Of Happy Women
- What is Self-Care and Why is it Important?
- 10 Time Saving Tips for Busy Mamas