Taking Time for Me

Life has been crazy busy lately. Long hours, trying to find time to spend with my family…and in the process, I have been neglecting myself.


I would be embarrassed to tell you what I’ve been eating on a daily basis. Seriously embarrassed.

I’ve been lucky to run once a week – maybe two miles – and haven’t done any other working out other than that.

Do I still fit in my clothes? Somehow, yes. By some miracle.

Do I feel good?


Not at all.

I’ve been settling for “good enough.” I don’t look good…but I don’t look bad. My clothes fit…but not well. I look “good enough” – but my health is far from it.

It’s time to make a change.

Starting Monday, I’m shifting my focus. Something has to give. I’m not sure yet exactly what I’m doing, but my first focus is going to be to clean up my eating habits. Eating ice cream and drinking beer every night is not a recipe for long-term health and wellness. But alas, that’s what I’m doing tonight.

But starting on Monday, I’m focusing on my health. On my wellness. On me.

I’m going to try to check in more frequently. I need your accountability. I need your encouragement.

I’ve done this before…I can do it again…right?


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17 Responses to Taking Time for Me

  1. You’ve got it!
    Now, if I can just convince myself to get back (and stay!) on track. I seem to be repeatedly falling off the wagon myself these days.

  2. Jenn

    Can I join you? I looked in the mirror today and thought, “Do I really have a baseball cap on for a the third day in a row? When did I start looking so tired? And when did I last eat a vegetable?” It seems that, as moms, we’re great at meeting the needs of our kids, but not so with ourselves. So I’ve got your back, and keep me accountable too!

  3. New Week, Fresh start! 🙂
    I’ve had moments like that too especially during the winter. I had to say that too to myself. I had to do something and make it right. 🙂

  4. Debbie

    Yes you can do this. Give yourself some love and focus on the important changes you want to make. Like running should then be scheduled into your week. Then when life gets crazy at least run one mile then get home and do all the other things that need to be done.This wayif you have 3 crazy days you can still say you ran 3 miles and feel good about your accomplishment.

  5. You’ve got this!!! I’m up for a promotion and have been trying to change the way I look at myself in the mirror each morning. No longer is “good enough” good enough. If I want to be a leader at my school, I need to dress the part to match my actions. Thanks for this post!

  6. You can do it!! And if you can – I think I will join you too! (But from Canada-land). I’ve been a little over-whelmed with work and coaching commitments that there is little time for my own running (little actually meaning zero). I think I have to just get off the couch and do something 😉

    We got this!

  7. I have also been seriously neglecting myself with all of our moving stress. It’s bad. But I just can’t commit to anything else right now for the next couple of weeks. I can’t wait for summer! I am definitely anxious to get back on it. Of course I have no excuse for not eating well. It’s just stress eating. Blerg.

  8. You got this! You can definitely do it. We all get off track from time to time. Focus on all the good and use it to motivate you!

  9. Erika

    Why wait until Monday?! Start now 🙂

  10. Joy

    You totally can do it! You can do anything 🙂

  11. Jade

    I too need to join this! I keep ‘hitting the afternoon sugar snacks’ and wonder why 1) I feel blah and 2) I can’t lose this weight. Sure I am still breastfeeding my son and running loads but nothing will kick a poor diet.

  12. Katlyn

    Thanks for that post! I just got done telling my husband that I need to refocus on my health. Between work,home, baby and school, running and exercise has been the thing moved to the back burner. I will start back with you on Monday.

  13. HeatherM

    Don’t do too much at once. Consider making one major change per month (you’ve already started that- this month is nutrition). You basically have to build new healthy values and habits now because your life has changed SO much in the past several months (ahem, new house, new job. AND another kid). It takes about a month to form a healthy habit, so pick one habit per month. I learned this from FlyLady (do you know FlyLady at FlyLady.net? She is fantastic, but focuses mostly on house cleaning – I would love to see you do something similar more focused on health and fitness).
    Also, make sure you set aside time to recharge your batteries and put this into your schedule EVERY WEEK (at least). When you work in a position that requires you to give SO MUCH of yourself to help others, it is very easy to become burnt out- and then you become disgruntled and discouraged and less effective and less inspiring in your job. So if you want to continue to take care of others well- both at home and at work- then you have to really take care of yourself first- and take care of all of you: mind, body, and spirit.

  14. You can do it and we’re behind you all the way.

  15. You can absolutely do it again! I’m in sort of the same place, except my clothes don’t fit! I recently wrote a similar post about how I’m trying to get back on track that included some before pictures that made me sad. Here’s to cheering us both on!

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