I’m not going to lie to you. I hate exercise.

I was the kid in 6th grade gym class that was picked last on the team.

I was the girl on the elementary softball team that was put in right field and was given an “oh well – good try!” every time I finished being up to bat.

I was never obese or even overweight, but I’ve always been “curvy”.

I was never scarred for life by my fitness failures – it’s honestly who I am. I’ve never been overly gung-ho about physical activity. I’ve always loved to craft and sing and write and read. That’s me!

Here’s the thing: now that I’ve had two babies and gained a generous amount of weight throughout both pregnancies (and now that I’m getting older), I am on the overweight mark. I’ve come to a pretty good place with body image here in my 30’s, so I’m not wanting to lose weight purely for vanity sake (though that would be a nice bonus). I would like to become a healthier me for the sake of my girls (I want to move more every day to set a good example for them and to be able to play physically with them longer) and for my physical health (arthritis runs in my family and there’s a possibility it has “come” for me already).

The DIY Mommy Healthy Mommy Challenge

I want to propose a challenge to myself based on one of my New Year’s resolutions for 2013. I’m not sure if there are any other mama’s like me out there, but if this challenge rings true with you, please comment on this post to let me know that you’re withย  me! We can help each other out.

I’m making my goals simple and small so that I can actually do them. I’ve found in the past that if I make my goals to hard or time-consuming, I’ll give up after a few weeks. I need to make my goals reasonable and they need to be done around being a mom and living on a small budget (because we’re building a house this year)! I also am prone to an “all or nothing mentality” (if I’m not doing something perfectly in my mind I’ll just give it up), so I want to make sure I give myself a lot of grace and wiggle room if I make a mistake. Every day is a new day!

Here’s what I’ll commit to this year:

  1. A diet of real food – cutting down on processed sugars and white flour and eating more raw fruits and vegetables (I’ll use Weight Watchers and some apps for my Android phone that have helped me in the past)
  2. At-home strength training at least 3 times a week (through workout videos, online training or phone apps)
  3. Physical, aerobic activity (with or without my children) every day for at least 30 minutes (dancing with my girls, walking around my subdivision, skating, jumping jacks, playing in the park… whatever it takes!)

The DIY Mommy Healthy Mommy Challenge

I know these goals might seem simple and small to some, but for me they’re doable and I think they’ll get me on the right track. Who knows – maybe next year I can up the ante?

Stay tuned for some guest posts by some of my fit friends who I look up to very much to help us through this Healthy Mommy journey with their fitness and nutrition knowledge.

Do you want to commit to this simple challenge with me? Let me know via a comment below. I’d love some support. ๐Ÿ™‚