Many of us tend to glamorize being able to “do it all”.
... Or- *thinking* we can do it all, anyway.
I know I certainly do.
Stepping in to a ready-made family as a wife and mother all at once, I put an incredible amount of pressure on myself to do it all.
To make it all happen.
To create the best environment possible for our new family to thrive.
To set up all the sports and activities.
To make all the appointments.
To keep a healthy, welcoming home.
To be the best wife and mother I can be.
To make up for lost time.
To fill and live up to a role that had been left empty for so, so long.
I was jokingly warned that, as the woman of the house, I’d naturally take over all these tasks- because “that’s just what we do.”
And so I did.
But you know what?
Not one person can do it all on their own.
Not one person can tell me they can do a gazillion things at one time and do them WELL.
Show me a woman who does it all and I’ll show you a woman who holds a world of weight on her shoulders.
Who’s too afraid to ask for help.
Who doesn’t quite know how to delegate.
Who bends over backwards to keep all the plates spinning.
Who’s probably in serious need of a bath and a glass of wine.
Who schedules the appointments for everyone else, but doesn’t have the time to make it to her own.
Who’s tiptoeing that line between “I’m fine, everything’s fine” and total burnout.
Who loves her family so, so much- the kind of love that takes prayer, selfLESSness, patience, grace and grit.
My lovely, seriously badass sister reminded me of this-
that we probably COULD do it all...
but we don’t HAVE to.
Can we normalize asking for help?
Can we normalize honey-do lists?
Can we normalize delegation of tasks and open communication with our families?
Can we normalize the balance between “I am woman, hear me ROAR” and “I am woman, imma catch me some Netflix & chill tonight.”
Because- listen, mama.
I KNOW you can do it all. I mean, obvi.
But you don’t have to.
It doesn’t have to be complicated.
Most of my campers get their workout in with me at either 5:30 or 6:30 in the morning (probably before their body even realizes what it’s doing).
On the flip side- I, myself, along with some of my other virtual campers, will carve out time later in the day to catch the recording or get a workout in elsewhere.
For me, personally- pre and post workout nutrition are KEY in my performance, recovery and overall progress in my fitness journey.
But for some, the importance and utilization of food as fuel are often overlooked.
I’ve heard it many times,
“That’s way too early to eat.”
“I could never workout with anything in my stomach.”
“I don’t eat. I need to lose weight.”
“Ew, Carbs? What?”
Ok. Stop right there.
I’m no nutritionist or dietician, but I do have a high level of education and experience in the field and I DO know this-
You’re only going to get OUT of your fitness routine what you put IN to your body.
If you’re merely surviving on Dollar Tree kinda food, you’re going to get Dollar Tree kinda results. (Although, I seriously love the ‘Tree. Hollerrrr)
A few years in to my fitness career, I learned the hard way.
I ran on fumes with ramen noods, cereal and protein cookies and expected to see results through my workouts alone.
My caloric intake was slim and the quality of those calories was poor.
I actually stored more fat and LOST muscle, because I wasn’t eating right. (If anything, at all.)
How can you expect your body to perform like a Lambo when you’re fueling it with trash fuel or even worse- running on E?
Pre and post workout nutrition:
Here’s an easy way to remember how to properly fuel and recover when making food choices:
PRE = high carb, moderate protein, low fat
DURING = essential amino acids, electrolytes
POST = healthy carb, protein, fat (liquid form for quicker absorption)
(Feel free to reach out to dive deeper)
All this to say- can we change this idea that food is BAD and should be avoided?
Can we start appreciating food as FUEL for all the bad*ss-ery our bodies are capable of?
Can we do that?
That is all.