Friday, August 27, 2010

What About Me??

I don't know where I first heard this quote but it is one I live by: When we say we don't have time for something, we haven't stated a fact, but rather a priority.

There are several priorities in my life that have shifted in the last year in order to "make time" for things. One of which is my physical health. I now exercise every day (5 days a week) and I shop locally at the farmers market as much as I can (by that I mean I go every week and buy as much of my food there that I can find: if they sell it, that's where I get it).

As moms in particular, we tend to let our health go. Last night we were out visiting. It was 9:00 at night and I said to my husband "We really should get going. I still have to exercise." This has become a priority for me. I make the time every day, even if it is the last thing I do before bed.

Another thing I often hear is "I don't have time to cook," or "I don't have time for breakfast." But then that same person spends 20 minutes in the drive-thru at Tim Hortons. Hmm - like I said, we haven't stated a fact but rather a priority.

By taking time to look after ourselves, we in turn will have so much more to give. Pick one thing you would like to improve that would help you feel better and work on making it a habit this week. It might be eating breakfast, adding more fruit and veggies to your daily intake, exercising more regularly, reading a book that doesn't rhyme at the end of every line, getting to bed before 11. Don't try to change everything all at once. Start small. Make one thing a habit and then add another change.

Another favorite quote that I know I have shared but just seems so fitting for today:
I am worth 30 minutes of my own time.


Geosomin said...

"When we say we don't have time for something, we haven't stated a fact, but rather a priority."

Bingo. It took me...oh...30 odd years to figure that out :)
It takes a while to figure this out...but slowly you learn that if it's important to you, you'll make it happen.
Currently I'm trying to figure out how to fit fitness in with work, my MSc and my soon to be started 2 classes. Eep. I'm determined to do it. It may even mean purging something inorder to fit it in.
Knowing other people manage to do it makes me think I might be able to keep it together too :)

Cindi said...

There have been many nights when it is well after 9:00 by the time I get to exercising. But I came to a point where it became something I absolutely do each day.
I know you can do it! Just like any other habit, it takes time to make it second nature.