I. Healthy Moms are Happy Moms
We exercise and eat healthy to nurture our heart, soul and being. It gives us the stamina to run our kids to school, to shine during a hectic day, and still have energy left for an impromptu game of tag before bedtime. We eat healthy to ensure our bodies have the fuel it needs to keep our immune systems strong, our energy high, and body ready and willing for whatever challenge it might face. When we nurture our bodies, they nurture us back. It blesses us with tight tummies, muscular curves, and a swimsuit-worthy body that loves the thought of a pool party. When we love our bodies and are proud of its accomplishments, we have the confidence to be the outgoing playful mom we were meant to be.
II. Role Model to Our Children
We respect and value that we are our children’s role models. Actions speak louder than words and we do more than preach the joys of being active – we show them. Family activities are more like team sports that include bike rides, fun runs, and soccer games. Embracing a healthy lifestyle is not just for our benefit, but for the sake of our children. Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the last thirty years and moms are the first line of defense for reversing this dangerous trend. We have the power to make a difference by stocking our pantries with nutritious snacks, putting healthy food on the table, and instilling in our children a passion for fitness.
III. Value Self-Love & Respect
Our greatest enemy is often our own reflection in the mirror. We stress over every flaw, no matter how small they might be. Being glamaFIT is about letting go of all those insecurities and self-limiting behaviors that stand in the way of our happiness. We eliminate the negative self-talk and focus only on the positive. It’s sometimes the little shifts in our thoughts that make the biggest differences. For example, instead of thinking “I could never finish that race”, try telling yourself:
“I CAN run that race. I will DO MY BEST.”
In the end, it’s not the results that matter but how we feel about those results. Be proud of the fact that you showed up, gave it your all, and can go home with your head held high -with or without a medal. You’ve already won the race just by believing in yourself.
IV. Strive For Progress Not Perfection
Being glamaFIT is more of a journey than a destination. We are constantly evolving, changing, and growing along with our bodies. It’s about transforming physically, mentally, and psychologically -not a quick fix or fad diet. Our goal is a lifestyle of well-being which includes not just strong bodies, but strong minds and hearts as well. As we move along our fitness journey, we realize there may be setbacks. Mornings where we’re shocked by the scale, birthday parties that blow our diet, and days that we just aren’t motivated to exercise. That is OKAY! What matters is that we reflect on those stumbling blocks, learn from them, and come back with renewed focus and inspiration. It’s not how many times we get knocked down that count, but how many times we get back up.
V. Achieve Well-being Not Weight-loss:
well-be·ing (wlbng) n. : The state of being healthy, happy, or prosperous; welfare.
The very definition of well-being reminds us that it’s far more than just a number on the scale. It’s possible for weight loss to exist without happiness, and for happiness to exist without health.
We must approach our health with an attitude of well-being that addresses all the issues, not just the physical ones. This includes yoga and meditation for stress relief, sleep strategies that truly restore our bodies, and maintaining positive relationships that provide emotional support. All these aspects of our lives are intertwined in a delicate balance. To achieve well-being, you must strive to achieve them all.
VI. Know Thyself to Heal Thyself:
Our bodies offer all the secrets to health if we just listen. Sometimes the signals are simple and easy to understand, like hunger pangs when we’ve missed lunch. Others are a little harder to recognize. One of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves is the gift of education. Understanding the how and why of our bodies is crucial for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. For example, a diet heavy with saturated fats is more than just “bad.” It’s unhealthy because it hardens your arteries which in turn drains your energy, drastically increases your risk for heart disease, and has been linked to cancer and diabetes. When we understand the real and tangible effects of our behaviors, we’re more likely to change them. The next time we reach for the butter we won’t think, “oh I shouldn’t.” We will know, “I shouldn’t because this will increase my chance of a heart attack which also increases my chances of not living to see my daughter get married.” It’s easier to improve bad behavior when we know the severity of its consequences.
VII. You Get What You Give:
If you want 100% from your body, you must be willing to give 100%. There is no magic pill, quick fix, or gimmick that can make you healthy overnight. However, with every minute you exercise, hour you sleep, and nutritious food you eat, you are making an investment in your body’s overall health and well-being. In the end it will pay dividends with a stronger immune system, longer life expectancy, and better quality of life. Being fit is a lifelong mission, not a fad.
I challenge you to:
Embrace life and live each day to the fullest.
Get inspired and take time each day to celebrate your victories.
Be glama and make big memories out of the little things.