by Kelsey Fields
May is one of my favorite months! Memorial Day at the lake, temps heating up, and most importantly getting to celebrate and appreciate my mommin’ skills. I do a lot of things wrong, but here are my top reasons to celebrate each year:
- My kids are fed. Mostly chicken nuggets and lasagna flavored hamburger helper, but you didn’t ask for the details.
- My kids are clothed. When I’m running late for work, they wear the first thing I can grab. This morning, I grabbed a red Mickey Mouse graphic t-shirt on top with bright orange Under Armour gym shorts. I didn’t say it was pretty.
- But seriously, my kids are happy and my kids are SO loved. I would say on average, I tell my three-year-old I love him 20 times a day; all this and I am separated from him for 8 hours while I am at work!
Okay I got distracted, mom skills aside, it only made sense this month to reach out to my fit mom tribe to seek their most valued fitness advice (I figured I’d given you enough over these past few months!). These women are juggling careers (in the home and outside of it), providing professional taxi services for their children, and still managing to take care of themselves….so take heed!
“Forgive yourself for off days and get back in it the next day. Take time off when you are sick. Set goals and celebrate when you accomplish them.” -Lisa Reid, mom to Dixon 12, and Miller 9
“Get an accountability partner or group! I’ve made the best friends through grinding it out with another person on the same path.” -Amber Bishop, mom to Oliver, 5, and Nora, 1.5
“Find a time that works for you that you can regularly commit to. I’m not naturally a morning person, but I forced myself to be (and actually came to enjoy it) because I knew it was the one time I could count on having to myself. My alarm goes off at 4:45 every morning and I know I can fit in a nice workout, a little quiet time, and a cup of coffee before the house starts to stir.”-Kayla Ragsdale, mom to Riley 8, and Harper, 3
“When I can’t seem to fit my workout in and the TV is occupied by a toddler, I grab my phone and use BeachBody on Demand or YouTube while Peppa Pig is snorting in the background!” -Toni Fields, mom to Oliver, 3
“Have variation in your workouts. Cardio and strength training is ideal. Don’t forget to challenge yourself in a different way like a weekly yoga class or monthly massage. I think moms especially need to have a good balance!” -Emily Wood, mom to Olivia 6, and Hudson, 3
“Set small, attainable goals to reach along the way. My goals started out by joining the Jog Squad and getting through 3 miles. BUT you also have to have a goal that kind of terrifies you. My current goal that terrifies me is right around the corner: running a half marathon.” -Leah Treadwell, mom to Garron, 5, and Presley, 11 months
“Make time for a 10 minute HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout for your sanity and your family’s safety from momma’s stress. Don’t be afraid to budget for a gym membership. The friend time at a workout class is fun for a momma!”-Chelsea Powers, mom to Colby, 2, and Harvey, 9 months.
There you have it! Don’t just take my word for it, listen to these mamas! Take time to yourself, give yourself grace when you can’t summon the energy for a run, and find your tribe! At the end of the day, sit back, grab your drink of choice, and praise God for the beautiful family that YOU created. Happy Mother’s Day!
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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 soon to be one-year-old, Mick.