The above photo is of a guest we sometimes have at our home. Her name is Momzilla. I'm not proud of this. Yes, Momzilla is me. She doesn't show her ferocious face very often, but when she does it is NOT pretty. I'll summarize: raised voice, irritation at absolutely everything and everyone, a bit of crying and feeling like I can't do anything right. Things that bring Momzilla out of hiding: waiting to long to eat and then stuffing my face with unhealthy choices, not scheduling so I end up spending all my time on work or study. I need down time. Not getting enough sleep, skipping exercise and SUGAR.
She actually hasn't been around in the past few months which is why I wanted to write about her. I want to share a few changes I have made to keep Momzilla from visiting and scaring everyone including me! These tips are so simple, but have made a huge difference in how I feel and act.
Tip #1- Exercise! I make sure I get some form of movement every day. To help with this I make sure I schedule it in. If you didn't have a chance to read last months blog post, it is all about schedule and organization. If I don't plan the night before what I want to do and when I am going to fit it in, it sometimes gets missed. I feel "too busy" and don't do it, and my mood pays for it by the end of the night. Of course, sometimes even with a plan it doesn't go as scheduled. Today for example, I planned to run right in the morning. When I woke up it was pouring rain so I looked at the weather report. It said by noon it should be cleared up. I planned to run about 1:00 when I got home from running kids around, leaving me enough time to shower and run my son to drivers ed later that day. Sometimes it is necessary to adjust your plan. Exercise for me is like getting a little shot of happiness. I love it. This loving feeling may not be during the exercise when I am tired; but afterwards I reap the benefits! Find something you love to do and get out there and move.
Tip #2 - Excess Sugar - Get rid of it!! The past few months I have cut back drastically on sugar. I have been watching not only treats, but the ingredients in what I am using to cook. It has not been easy!!! The main reason I cut back so much on sugar was my irregular, crazy mood swings. When I made the decision, Momzilla was going full force. I wanted to feel balanced and I wasn't. Even though it has been hard, I have seen some amazing benefits. The first two weeks I dropped a few pounds, even though losing weight was not even in my plan. This led me to believe that eating so much sugar makes my body retain water! The weight keeps coming off, just slower ( again, not even one of my goals, but I'll take it ), my digestion improved a ton which I attribute to healthier foods going inside including more veggies/fiber. I am better planned for meals and snacks because I am watching the sugar intake, and the best part happens to be just what I was hoping for.....my mood was balanced out! WooHoo!!!! I have been cool as a cucumber for the past few months. I haven't had any irrational blow ups and haven't cried just because I feel like crying. I feel more balanced. It has been better for everyone. I believe getting rid of excess sugars will be beneficial to anyone who tries it. Have any of you kept track of sugar intake?? (side note: If you ever decide to try kicking sugar to the curb, please don't go right for the artificial sweeteners. Not a great replacement and really won't get you anywhere. )
Tip #3 - Sleep. I make sure, no matter what is happening that I have lights out at 10. Sometimes there is a late night or two, but for the most part, lights out at 10. What has this done for me? I am able to get up at 6 and go all day without feeling super tired around 2 or 3. Because I don't get zapped in the middle of the day I am not reaching for that caffeine or sugar to give me a boost. When I am well rested I not only take care of myself better, but I am able to take care of others needs as well. I know it is tempting to watch one last show, or scroll through social media for hours on end; but getting that sleep is so important. Why not unwind with a hot bath or a chapter of a book rather than electronics? I love to take a bath at night and then put some peppermint oil on my neck. My muscles are more relaxed and I love the tingly cool feeling of the peppermint. Find a routine that settles you in for the night.
All in all, it has been a great few months to learn how I can best serve my body!
This morning I came across this quote I felt went well with my topic this month.
"Joy and temperance and repose, slam the door on the doctor's nose."
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
By sticking to my guns and following these very practical ways to live, I slam the door on Momzilla by gaining the joy, temperance and repose. I also slam the door on the doctors nose, because when I live this way, I stay healthier. The stress and anxiety are lessened, my gut and body are stronger, and I am more positive. I love feeling this way. There will always be struggles, but in the end the positives outweigh the negatives by a mile.
Have a wonderful, joyful month!
Wife, mom and Health Coach. Lover of life and learning. (and my dog Steve)