This post is sponsored by Poise® but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
I will say that 2018 is the year where I decided to make goals about me! Yes, you heard right goals that focused on me and not others and getting back to my active self was on top of the list.
I talked about creating goals for a better you and wanted to talk about including goals that will keep me active as well.
Now for some truths, I hate exercising and can't seem to commit to being as active as I should. Now that being said, I also know that its a must and something that I need to do if I want to stay healthy and going.
Getting back to my active self after giving birth to my son and having an emergency hysterectomy is not as easy as I thought. Let’s be honest here and admit that not only was I dealing with welcoming our latest addition to our family; I was also dealing with the recovering emotional and the recuperation of a hysterectomy I didn't plan.
I suffered a mild case of PSD and I just wasn't motivated but I knew I needed to get back to my old self. Now I will admit that getting better meant that I was going to focus on other people than myself.
Yes, I took care of myself but not what I had planned. In late 2017 I decided that I need to make sure my 2018 goals included goals about myself and self-care.
As moms, we tend to put ourselves last and sometimes feel guilty that if we take time for ourselves we are bad moms.
I'm here to tell you that it is OK to take time off and take care of YOU!
Now back to getting back to your active self.
Here are 3 tips to help you get back on track and back to your active self.
Tips to Getting Back To Your Active Self
To get back to an active self and keep it going below are some helpful tips.
Will I ever do it?
Now before you even start you need to ask yourself this question and start getting mentally ready!
You see I tend to get obsessed with things. I mean I want to get back into my pre-baby shape, and knowing how determined I can get to try to reach a goal. Thinking this way discourages me so instead I am focusing on weekly goals.
The best thing you need to do is write your goals down and make it realistic! Why are you doing this? What do you want to accomplish? How can you do this? Would you be committed? What is holding you back?
May I suggest starting small? If you haven't been active and the thought of jogging a mile kills you try these goals below:
- Walking around the block 3
- Do some light walking cardio (these videos are amazing).
- Play tag with the kids.
These goals may not seem as “active” to some, but I have to take it easy and not over do it. Just because I’m clear to start working out, I will not be lifting weights and running a marathon in 6 weeks.
And I'm pretty sure I'm not alone with these active goals! Many of us want to start small and that's OK! Find your own balance.
When will I have time?
Now, many families struggle with routines and if you are a mom with special needs like me, routines and any changes can be a struggle at times. I tend to use this as an excuse to skip anything I don't want to do and this time meaning evening walks or daily cardio.
To make the time I schedule my walks when the boys are settled in their evening routines and dad is home with them. I also scheduled my active time early in the morning and during nap time.
Also, I join a group of friends for walks!
What if I give in to excuses?
I'll be the first to admit that I hate doing things I don't enjoy and sometimes I come up with excuses to justify why I didn't do my goals for the day. For this reason, I make sure that my active goals are done first before anything else.
Excuses won't get me anywhere and won't solve anything.
I have ways to keep motivated to prevent me from coming up with excuses. Make a motivational board and read motivational articles and quote, just keep motivated!
Now that we are talking about excuses let's discuss a popular most women don't want to talk about.
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How do I deal with LBL?
I have written about this LBL (Light Bladder Leakage) before, and there is nothing to be ashamed of. I was pregnant, gave birth, had surgery, and you know this is something that might be expected.
One out of every three females suffer from Light Bladder Leakage and as you can see is very common so you are not alone!
If you are worried about light bladder leakage let me just say that this should not hold you back when it comes to getting back to your active self and enjoying yourself.
If you don't know what LBL or Light Bladder Leakage you are about to learn, my friend!
Light Bladder Leakage affects millions of women and what it is is an involuntary leakage of urine. This may happen if:
- Physical changes from childbirth, pregnancy, hysterectomy or menopause
- Being overweight
- Complications from surgery, stroke, or chronic diseases like diabetes, multiple sclerosis (MS) or Parkinson's disease
- Bladder or urinary tract infections
- Bladder irritants (certain foods and beverages)
For this reason, Poise helps with LBL so you can start focusing on you and on things that matter to you. If you want to start getting back to your active self and are afraid or feel that LBL is preventing you then you can't forget about that.
Enjoying a long walk or cardio Poise®feature a wider front and back for protection and protection from heavy bladder leaks. Their pads are 10 times drier than period pads which makes it perfect for us females that have given birth, are experiencing postpartum or heavy bladder leakage.
Poise® incontinence products are always shipped in discreet packaging and are FSA – eligible in the US. Of course, find Poise® Pads with ContourFIT Design at your local Walmart.
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Let's be real when it comes to taking care of you start with finding goals that will get you back to your active self. Know that it is OK to take care of you because hey, who's going to take care of you?
Start walking with friends, or find activities that will help keep active. Avoid all the excuses and know that Light Bladder Leakage won't stop you from your active goals thanks to Poise!
Your turn: We talked about getting back to your active self now we want to know how did you get back to being active? What did you do and any other tips you have?