To the mom who doesn't think so, you got this. - The Oily Story
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Tips to help moms exercise and stick to it.

To the mom who doesn’t think so, you got this.

You might be like me. You change into your pjs before crawling into bed and you see yourself in the bathroom mirror and you think, “Tomorrow. Yup, tomorrow I’ll try to…” finish the sentence any way you like.

These are all the promises we make to ourselves in the mirror. We’ll eat better. We won’t yell. We’ll get our running shoes on. Then the day flies by just like the one before and we’re left with the unfulfilled silent promises we made to our children that we will be around when they get married, when they have children, when they win the awards, when they don’t. We tell ourselves we’ll be there when they need us and yet we stand half naked in a mirror questioning if we believe it.

I was sick and tired of making those promises then waking up in the middle of the night wondering if that pain in my head is something serious. I mean really, how ridiculous is it that we instantly go to the worse case scenario when the opposite is just as easy. I’ll tell you why – it’s because we aren’t doing anything about it and I’m sick of it. I know, I mentioned that already but that’s how I feel.

Just after the holidays I stepped on the scale. Ouff… I hit a number that’s scary for me. Now, I had been watching it rise for the last few months because we took up camping (read: eating tons of what we shouldn’t *ahem* bacon s’mores) but this was a turning point for me. After playing the “I promise tomorrow will be better” tape in my head for the thousandth time I finally committed to change, and no I didn’t like it.

Who likes change, really?!

But this time I had to be done with it. On January 3rd I went online and saw a post for Young Living’s Slique in 60 challenge. Canadians aren’t eligible to win the prizes (oh well) so I decided to run my own challenge with prizes and invited people to do it along with me until March 31st. The first week, let me tell you what happened.

Week 1: I released 4lbs, and 6.75″

This is what I committed to doing every week from now until then end, and you can do this too!

Choose the goal that fits YOU:

Is this a fitness level, for instance, wanting to be able to climb stairs without being winded. Release a total of ____lbs, which is what I chose. I’m going to release 25lbs and that’s totally doable because that’s an average of 2lbs per week which is a sustainable way to release weight. Is your goal a size? An event you want to participate in?

Choose what is right for you, put your blinders on and run your own race.

Take before photos:

You’d think this would be a horrible experience and you’d be right. I did it in a bikini which was just the right amount of motivation I needed to really commit. Seeing what my body looked like showed me the bigger picture. If I don’t start taking better care of myself I am in a lot trouble.

Measure and weigh yourself every week:

Yup, going to tear the bandaid of this one real fast. The numbers you start with might suck. They may be better than you thought, or worse, but keep in mind that they’re just numbers. Don’t own them. Believe in your heart that this is the last time you’ll see them and say toodaloo.

Exercise at least 20 minutes each day:

This is doable but you’ll need to schedule it into your day. Week one I missed two days. My husband was amazing and built a gym in the basement for us years ago and I’m blessed to finally be using it. You don’t need a gym though, you can walk up and down your stairs, you can go for a walk, you can walk the mall, anything but get moving and keep moving every day.

If you miss a day, forgive yourself and move on! I missed two but I still made it back.

Take a daily video diary of your journey:

At the time I agreed to this I didn’t understand why it was so important. I won’t ruin the lesson for you but promise yourself you’ll do it then connect with me eileen@theoilystory.com and tell me what you think of it.

Share your experience with others:

Doing this right now and here’s the Why. I haven’t gone to bed once since January 3rd thinking “Tomorrow. Yup, tomorrow I’ll try to…” and not once have I felt guilt for breaking those promises to my children and myself. THAT, that is an incredible feeling I want you to experience which is why I’m tell you that you got this.

You so absolutely got this.

Want in on the challenge with me and win prizes? Connect with me and let’s do this together. eileen@theoilystory.com

Oils and tools helping me along the way: Thieves, Orange, NingXia Red, Peppermint, Grapefruit, Build Your Dream, Frankincense, Lime, Sulfurzyme.

 

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