Wednesday, April 7, 2010

If You Wanna Jump Around You Need ENERGY

Remember when I said you didn't have to fit the Suzie Homemaker mold? OR the Supermom mold? Yeah. I meant it. So many moms try to do TOO much... and end up running themselves ragged. Literally. They are burning the candle at both ends and they're running out of wick.
Everyone has errands to run and food to make, things to clean and plant and you name it... they've got to do it. But if you are CONSTANTLY go-go-going all day... your "get up and go" is gonna become a "got up and went". After a while you're not going to have ANY energy left to do the things that need to be done.
Don't sacrifice your health, emotionally or physically, because you've got too many things to do during the day.
If you're in good shape (hey, I'm in shape... round is a shape) then being on the move a lot is easier. Less taxing. But everyone has their limits. What I'm saying is.... hit the gym every once in a while. The more you go, the better you'll feel over all and the more you'll be able to do during the day without feeling like you're going to keel over.
Lose the caffeine. Or at least cut back. Yes, that'll pick you up for a while and carry you through some of the more important tasks during your day.... but then it'll slam you right back on your face when it wears off. You crash. Almost literally. Drink lots of water. Drink gatorade. Orange juice. You'll feel more refreshed than you do when you drink, say, a soda (and yes, I'm saying this from experience... I'm currently making the effort to stop drinking soda all together), or a cup of coffee.
Always eat breakfast. I don't care if you're not a breakfast person. After sleeping all (or sometimes only part) night you NEED something to get you going in the morning. And in the words of the best commercial I've ever seen (I believe it was Denny's) "Coffee and milk foam is not a meal." Coffee might wake you up, but it's no substitute for breakfast. Would you put water in your gas tank? You need the right fuel in order to function just like cars do.
Eat lots of fruit and veggies. They're "sports candy" (thank you Sportacus). Eat lots of protein. Stay hydrated (again with the water and gatorade thing). Take vitamins. If you've still got em, take your prenatals. If you don't, sift through the stuff in your cabinets and snag a Flintstones vitamin or 2. Grab some big people stuff when you get a chance to go to the store.
In my opinion, almost every mom is supermom... even without all the running around. Don't try so hard to pack every thing you possibly can in to one day, just to do it all over again the next. It's a vicious cycle. And if you don't stop it, you're just going to continue to drag and drag and drag until you don't feel like you can hold yourself upright.

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