Don’t like something about your life? Want to make changes but not sure how to begin? It sounds so easy to say, but so hard to do!
But how do I change something in my life?
Small changes can make a big difference! I feel like I am a constant work in progress sometimes. Eat healthier, exercise more, find more “me time”, plan out meals more often… The list is endless!
But for now, one small change at a time. That is how you can make big changes in your life.
“If momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!”
I’m not sure who or where that quote came from, but it’s true! In our crazy household with 4 kids, I get tired and overwhelmed. Then there are those squirrel moments. You know, those shiny object moments? And just like that, I realize I forgot to change the laundry loads around. I need to slow down and recharge my batteries sometimes.
My husband just said the other day, “You are the life-blood of this family. If you don’t take care of yourself, how are you supposed to take care of anyone else?”. Wow. That made me stop and think for a minute.
Give yourself permission
I needed to hear that. It was like I needed to give myself permission to slow down for a minute and think about what absolutely needed to be done by me right at that moment. That was a day that I had a pretty bad head cold and felt absolutely crummy (thank you germs that came home from school!) I took Sudafed, which I rarely do, just so I could get through some more chores and mom-taxi to-do’s. Exhausted and barely keeping my eyes open, I decided to do something.
I stopped mid-rush, sat on the couch and asked my 10-year-old to go switch loads of laundry for me. Next up, I put my feet up and decided to rest for a few minutes. Did my brain shut off? No. It kept up a running list of things I should be doing instead. But that is ok. I made little changes in my daily plan. First I pulled out my phone, got lost in looking up new Trim Healthy Mama (THM) recipes to try (and hopefully get my family to like), and rested.
Newsflash – it doesn’t magically all go away
Was everything still there waiting for me? Yes. Did I come to an “Ah-ha” realization? Yes. I have been neglecting to take care of me. I end up putting myself last, when I should be putting my health as a priority. As I sat there looking up healthy recipes, I decided to take back control of my life and get healthier so I can keep up with all I would love to do, and even those things I don’t want to do. (laundry… never ending laundry!)
Do I need to lose weight? Absolutely. Have I lost it before? Yes. But I put myself last, focused on other things and gained it back along with all the other nagging aches and pains. Totally my fault. I own that. But what to do about it? Make little changes.
What to focus on
I decided not to focus on the scale. Instead, I am focused on health. I found the Trim Healthy Mama plan which separates fats from carbs (healthy, non-starchy) and anchors everything with protein. How? One meal at a time. Some days I am totally on plan all day. Then life happens, I have a meal that is off plan.
That’s just one example. By a little bit of planning time, you can make big changes in your life. I don’t beat myself up about falling off the wagon, or forgetting to do something, but rather strengthen my resolve to do better next time.
And there is almost always a next time. It is a work in progress. Creating new, better habits. One day at a time.
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