As human beings, we are definitely creatures of habit. We find a routine we are comfortable with, one that fits into our daily lives, and we happily stick to it. Oftentimes to the point where we don’t even realize we have fallen into a rut, and have become uninspired and unmotivated. Many people are afraid to try new things, clinging to their mantras of “I hate exercise” or “I hate running.” A few years ago, this was me, simply going through the motions, counting the minutes until my workout was done.
The Devil’s Lake Triathlon, what can I say? I have been thinking about completing this particular triathlon for 13 years. When I was pregnant with my first child, I watched my husband as he crossed the finish line, and I was more than a little intrigued. A seed was planted that day, and though it took quite a long time to bloom, I finally made it!
Wow! What a day! And it only took thirteen years to get here…
When I was about seven months pregnant with my first child, my husband and one of his good friends decided they would compete in the Devil’s Lake Triathlon. I remember watching and cheering them on from the sidelines. It was my first experience with an event of this nature, and I became swept up in the excitement. As I was screaming encouragement through their transitions, I silently wondered if I could do what they were doing.
The water is your friend. You don’t have to fight with water, just share the same spirit as the water, and it will help you move. -Aleksandr Popov
When you hear the words summer vacation, what is the one thing that comes to your mind? Water. Whether it’s traveling to the ocean, floating down a river, spending a day at the beach, or just going to your local public pool, summer means being close to water. Even if you never jump in, water seems to having a cooling, calming effect on the mind and body.
Extremes are easy. Strive for balance. -Colin Wright
Health and wellness have nothing to do with numbers on a scale or the size on a piece of clothing. Together they encompass many aspects of my life. For me, health is about doing my best to eat real foods that fuel my body and teaching my kids to do the same. It is also about incorporating exercise into my daily routine, so I can keep up with my active children. Wellness, on the other hand, is when my physical health is in balance with my mental health.
Of course I do struggle to find this balance like many others. Maintaining health and wellness is often a journey with no real destination. It is a continuous learning experience. I plan to take you on that journey with me. I will share my personal struggles with eating healthy. I mean everyone has their own “Achilles heel” when it comes to food, right? I will also share the lifestyle changes I have made that really work when talking about food.
I also want to offer ideas for squeezing regular exercise into your day. As a busy mom, it is very difficult to find time for yourself, but it is very necessary. I know when my children see me valuing my health through exercise, it makes a lasting impact on their future health. I will also share the ways my husband and I have included the entire family in active fun. It’s so rewarding to spend quality time with my family that also counts as exercise.
Finally, I wish to share with you my journey to wellness. This is going to mean taking care of my mental health through adequate sleep, journaling, meditation, and sometimes just getting away for a “girls night out.” As mothers, I am sure you realize how important it is to take care of your spirit. This is an area I have not focused on as much as I should. I plan to change that. I know when my mind and soul are refreshed, I function as a better wife and mother. I hope my stories will inspire you to focus on your own journey to health and wellness.