Do you feel like you don’t have the time or space to take care of yourself? Do you feel guilty for giving yourself any type of “care” attention? I get it!! I was the same way. And as a result I missed out on a life I could have been thriving in, not just surviving. Don’t make the same mistake I did.
When I was in my 20s, I was focused on pregnancy, babies, nursing, toddlers, and just trying to keep up while being overly fatigued. That’s pretty normal for a new mom, right? Five babies in 8 years will do all kinds of things to your body and mental health. And we consider it normal. And to some extent, maybe it is.
But it’s been almost 9 years since I’ve had my last baby, and while I definitely sleep better at night, I still don’t feel like I’m getting enough sleep. I am still tired. I still struggle with mental battles. Not as intense as they were when my hormones were high. But definitely to a degree that doesn’t feel quite right.
Why Do Moms Put Their Health Last?
Moms are some of the busiest people on the planet. We work long hours and rarely allow ourselves a break. But we moms need to take care of ourselves, too, so we can feel whole and offer our families the best of us. It isn’t about being selfish, it’s about stewarding the body God has gifted us with. Honestly, I don’t believe we are doing anyone any favors by neglecting our health—physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual.
Today I’m really focusing on the physical which ties into the mental, emotional, and spiritual.
I don’t have any serious health issues. I’ve always been a very healthy person. No issues in my pregnancies or things like that. But still, I put my health and well-being on the back burner to throw everything I had into being a mother. It doesn’t sound like a bad thing—just reality. But I was barely surviving and I felt like I was constantly dragging my feet.
These last few years I have fought hard to get myself into the gym and take care of my health. At first, I just focused on showing up. Then, I focused on pushing myself and making my time in the gym count. Then, I focused on my diet and cutting out the things that were hindering my goals.
These past 18-months, I have been the most consistent in the gym and with my diet then ever before. It’s not perfect, but it’s way better and ongoing.
And I’ll be honest, sometimes I deal with mom-guilt for going to the gym. But the reality is, I am a better mom for going and I’m setting an example for my children.
From the Inside Out
Here’s the thing, though. Even after 18-months of going to the gym consistently and eating better (not perfect, but so much better), I am still struggling with fatigue, brain fog, and there are certain foods that I just cannot eat without getting sick. Foods that I had no problem eating 10 years ago, before I had my last baby.
I didn’t think too much of it other than I thought it was strange. I know pregnancy changes a woman’s body and so that’s what I told myself (and it wasn’t a lie). The thing is, I kept coming across more and more foods I couldn’t eat without getting sick. Bloated, gassy, crampy, and vomiting kind of sick. I’m talking healthy foods: avocado, raw spinach, cucumbers, raw broccoli, salmon, and most recently eggs. Eggs were a staple in my diet and it has been a hard thing to work around as a weightlifter.
Last Friday, I ate something that made me sick and finally I said I needed to do something about it. Because it just wasn’t normal and I didn’t want to continue to live like that. I wanted to take charge of my health and I’d been researching gut health on and off for the past 2 years. I just kept coming back to it because the things I was dealing with all fit together.
The Next Part of the Journey
So this week I started my journey by placing my first order for supplements through Plexus. I assure you, I am not that person who falls for gimmicks. I would not have taken this leap had it not been for a friend of mine who I trust dearly, whose health, and ultimately her life, has been transformed by taking the steps to heal her gut.
They also have a 60-day money back guarantee, so I figured, what do I have to lose? Why am I sharing this? Because if you are in the same boat as me, skepticism and all, I want to invite you to join me on this journey. I was just thinking the other night that the thought of getting older kind of scared me because I’m already feeling so exhausted and continue to struggle with food issues and stomach issues that just don’t seem normal. Is it only going to get worse from here? I have to believe it doesn’t have to. So, I’m going to try Plexus and share my journey with you.
I only get one body and I want to make sure it thrives. I want to live out my days with energy and joy and without the discomforts of stomach issues. That, to me, is worth it.
If you think this is something you want to try with me, I would love to do this with you and I have just THREE coupon codes to give away that will give you wholesale pricing for an entire year when you get a Welcome Pack!! This is only through July. No pressure at all, but if you want more details or are interested, please feel free to reply to this or send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would love to help you get started on your journey to feeling great and thriving as a mom and have energy to really be present for your kids and family!!
If you’d like to follow my health journey more regularly, you can find me posting at my fitness IG: FitMamaChristin
For His Glory,