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Mom Guilt

If you’ve been following me for some time now you may have noticed that I’ve kicked my workout routine up a notch.

I’ve been hitting the gym consistently 3/4 times a week for a little over a month now and I’m glad I’ve FINALLY decided to start again.

What was holding me back?

Simple, Mom Guilt!

I heard it several times before I became a mother, that you go through periods in life where no matter what, if you do for yourself you feel like crap.

That’s the ONLY thing that has held me back from being consistent in the gym.

Let’s be real, when spend most of our days at work catering and helping others and less time with our family. I rush home everyday just to see my baby girl smile before she goes to bed. There’s a small window from picking her up from daycare to her going to bed and during that time frame she has to eat and bathe. Only about 15 minutes are left for mommy kisses and cuddles —and that’s if she chooses me over Elmo

But then I had to put everything in perspective. I can only do my best. And is it really my best if the days she’s running around I can’t keep up or I’m so reliant on medication that I can’t go very far from home?

While she is still the #1 girl in my world, I still have to make sure I put myself first. I’m taking care of my baby and raising her to be the best women she can be. She’s not going to notice that I spent 5 minutes less with her because I decided to go to the gym as long as she sees my face. I had to put my foot down and realize regardless not only does it help me mentally and physically, but it helps me be a better mom to her! Also, that’s what weekends are for!

So, next time that mom guilt hits you…give yourself a pat on the back. You are doing your best by making sure that you are at your best.

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