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Balancing Act – Kids, Work, Family, School – oh yeah – and ME!

I bet you are waiting for the secret to balancing your life, wishing there was a magic recipe, but the truth is there isn’t one!  The bottom line? You must make the decision to add YOU, and your health, to the list of “Things to Do.” This decision does not come easily for many. Trust me; I get it. It takes determination, hard work, dedication, and organization. But it’s important to create balance; you are worth it!

Being a single mom is a lot of work. I have days, just like everyone else, that I just don’t feel like prioritizing myself. However, the difference between not allowing myself to creep up to 217 pounds (like I did in 2004) and now is the fact that I made the choice to put myself on my own “To Do” list. I now have the tools to get me through those days.

Everyone is different and, ultimately, the key to success is finding the tools that work best for you. Here are a few tips that may help get you started:

Start by really getting to know yourself and how you relate to exercise. Ask yourself questions like:

  • What motivates me?
  • What exercises do I like to do?
  • What exercises are the most fun?

Don’t just think about your answers, write them down so you can see them on paper. Seeing your written responses can make a huge difference.

Make friends and surround yourself with positive people (this is my favorite one!)
When I first became a member at Universal years ago, it was amazing how many friends I met in the classes. Even more amazing is how many of them would hold me accountable for being in class.

I remember a Monday night that I just didn’t feel like going to Zumba. I started thinking about all my friends dancing and sweating and having fun. Yes, the class would still go on with or without me, but I found myself not wanting to miss out on all the fun I knew everyone would be having. I “dragged” myself to that class…and guess what? I wound up having a blast and feeling really good about it!

Bargaining
I tell myself all I have to do is commit to 15 minutes. If I still am not feeling it, then I give myself permission to go home. But most days I end up staying for my full workout.

Most importantly, exercise has to be a priority, and it has to be scheduled, just like any other appointment. 
You need to think of regular exercise the same way you think about brushing your teeth or going to work. You might not FEEL like doing it beforehand, but you’ll sure feel better afterwards!

My kids need me to be healthy and strong so I can love them for many years and take care of them both physically and emotionally. Keeping up with my children and their needs is a priority! For me, my children’s health and well-being is a huge motivating factor in my choice to be strong and healthy.

I remember a friend asked me recently, “How do you find time to work out as often as you do?” I responded by honestly saying that there’s no way I would have the energy to do things that need to be done if I didn’t exercise. Exercise gives me peace of mind and clears my head so I can take on life’s many challenges and get through my day. I mean every word of that!

Remember, you are certainly not alone. If you need some guidance or direction to make this important lifestyle change, you have an entire staff of Universal Fitness Coaches, Trainers and Lifestyle Consultants to help you. We’re here to help you can accomplish anything that you set your mind and heart on!  Make time for you by taking some of the many classes included in your club membership, or contact us for questions about putting together a workout or wellness program just for you!