By Kelsey Fields
One of my good friends just got done reading the book, Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis, and was raving about how good it was. I’m always looking for new books to read, so I decided to dive right in. Basically the whole book talks about how she has failed time and time again but still manages to maintain happiness and balance in her life because she chooses to try again each and every day.
How refreshing! A woman who is not afraid to air her dirty laundry just so other women can understand that we’re all falling short. Those women who appear to have perfect lives on social media? They probably pee their pants doing jumping jacks and tuck jumps in the middle of teaching aerobics classes at the Y. Those women who write fitness articles for SWMO Mom’s every month about the importance of a healthy balanced diet? They probably, maybe, ate a Quarter Pounder with cheese for dinner last night. Those women who don’t ever use YouTube Kids as a babysitter? I caught a glimpse of one handing over the iPad in the middle of a flag football game so she could cheer for one kid and keep an eye on the other. Don’t ask me how I know this. I just do.
Anyway, I figured some of you mamas out there might actually think that I have it all together (or maybe I’m just hoping that someone out there thinks that…) because I write fitness articles. And before I let you get carried away with that idea, I wanted to stop you in your tracks and say I too, am failing at life most days. Take a look at just this past week.
Fail #1-I Licked the Spoon
I am right at the end of another round of Whole30 which basically means I can’t eat anything. Taco Bell included. Last week I was making my kids dinner and I licked a spoon. It was muscle memory. I was so used to eating off their plates that the spoon found my mouth without my brain even registering it. Anyway, the spoon had ketchup on it, ketchup has added sugar and added sugar is a NO-NO. Whole30 followers are obsessive. According to them, my Whole30 should have restarted (I was already on day 15) the moment that sugary goodness hit my taste buds. I could’ve let that hiccup derail me. One bite of ketchup and then the next thing you know, you wake up covered in chocolate syrup and regret. Instead, I knew that I slipped up unintentionally, and decided to keep going on my journey. Just don’t tell the Whole30 dictator’s in my Facebook support group. They’re mean.
Fall is a CRAZY time of year for us. I leave for work before my kids roll out of bed, and from the moment I pick them up from daycare we have things to do. Last week I had Parent/Teacher conferences, staff meetings, flag football practices, Wednesday night church, training runs, church meetings and classes at the Y. If I even got to see my kids, it was only for around an hour and most nights after kissing my husband hello, I immediately kissed him goodnight. My kids and husband are my safe place (Usually. Not so safe after a weekend in a car together, but you get the point). They recharge my batteries and fill my cup. Last week my cup was empty. My cup was past empty. All I can tell you is I was failing at being a good wife, mother, and teacher. I’ve said yes to just about everything lately and I think it’s time to decide where my priorities lie. I’m choosing to try again at this balance thing and every morning when I wake up I pray for God to show me His will.
Fail #3-Pumpkin Spice Latte
I’ve already pulled out my booties, flannel, and oversized cardigans. Only one thing is missing. A Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s missing because I’m Whole30ing until October 4th, not that I am counting or anything. Once my clock hits 12:01 A.M. on Wednesday, October 4th, rest assured I am gonna do everything in my power to get my hands on a PSL. So I‘m thinking of this as a future fail. It’s as inevitable as Max saying the word ‘poop’ at least 6 times a day. I’m going to be swimming in a 380 calorie, 13 g of fat, 16-oz. grande, made with 2 percent milk and topped with whipped cream. Since I already know this future fail is coming, I present you with my plan to combat those creamy calories…Getting Jacked With Jack-o-Lanterns (you can thank my hubby for the sweet name). Just do this workout every time you want to have a PSL and it will help offset the damage.
*Disclaimer: my husband brought me home a very big pumpkin and it was heavvvvvyyyy. Maybe start a little smaller. Or don’t, you rockstar.
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Kelsey is an elementary teacher (just finished her first year!), a Beachbody certified Insanity instructor, avid runner and yoga enthusiast.
When she is not working out, you will find her cheering on the Denver Broncos, substitute teaching and spending time with her family. She is wife to Blake and mom to busy 2 year-old son Max and 1 year-old, Mick.