Mindset for Moms 2.0

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So after the nearly a year it has taken me to finish Jamie’s book, do I find myself transformed? That’s a hard question to answer. Yes, my mindset has changed due to many things. I’d like to give this book credit at one of those sources. In some ways taking so long to get through it has really helped. Trying to do one chapter a day (short as they are) would have been too emotionally draining. I needed to give myself time to really mull these things over and decide how I thought they fit into my life.

My life is different now from how it was a year ago, and will likely be very different this time next year, with a seven month old. But I hope I’ll carry many of these insights with me. Motherhood is meant to be a joy not a curse. This doesn’t mean every moment is magical and anyone who tells you that is either lying or has a poor memory. But we don’t have to focus on only the bad. Telling new moms horror stories won’t make those difficult days easier. But we can be there for them when the bad days come, encouraging them that there will be better days ahead. But we also owe it to them to rejoice in the wonderful moments and not bring the cloud of “Oh just wait until . . .”

I can’t control what happens to me, or how my day will go, but I can choose how I prepare and how I react. I hope that as I move forward my choice of preparation will be one of hopeful realism and my reactions more loving and filled with peace. Yes, I will fail. But that doesn’t mean I’m ready to stop trying. Because maybe this motherhood journey isn’t just about raising kids, but about transforming me into a better, stronger person, prepared for whatever else God has for me to do, in addition to my role as mom.

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No Replays

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Surround Yourself by Great Thoughts from Great Minds

Conquer the Myth of Not Enough Time

Remember Kids Are People Too, Just Smaller Ones

Do What Comes Naturally

Live Above the Details

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A Door to Share: Five Minute Friday

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I haven’t joined Five Minute Friday in almost two months. I have often written, but some how those words don’t manage to get published. They sit open in a word document or browser window waiting for a picture, a tag or something else; usually because I was interrupted in the process and once I lost my momentum, it just didn’t feel worth it anymore. But I’m trying again today. Not because there is something magical about a one word prompt but because there is something amazing about writers all over the world (most of them women) supporting each other as we pour out our uncensored, honest thoughts. Five brief minutes a week in a blogosphere overflowing with polished up perfection and picture perfect presentation where we choose to drop the veil and be real.

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The door slams again and I contemplate whether I should have it removed. Then I remember my rather tenuous relationships with power tools and think better of the idea. My little girl, far more grown up than I imagined she’d be at almost six will be sharing a room with her three year old brother in just a few short months. I’ve gone up and down and sideways with the options and this still seems the best one. But of course I have trepidations. She still falls asleep with the lights on many nights. He’s used to the dark. He still likes his white noise machine. She can barely tolerate the air conditioner in the summer, claiming it’s too loud.  Since he was born, I let her room become her refuge. When she wants to get away before she explodes, that’s where she goes. (Often slamming the door in her brother’s face, though that isn’t supposed to be part of the process)

So what will we do now? This is one of the many adjustments that is going to come with adding another member to this family. It isn’t just about the door. Will there be enough, time, energy and love to go around? I know the answer to the last one. Even with two I’ve already learned how love and multiple, I just wish time and energy could do the same.

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5X5 Week Five: All in One Roundup

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All movements of all five days, every day

That’s right. That’s it. I know it sounds boring, but it’ll be a lot of fun, not to mention it’s one last big push of effort during the final week. Yes, it is a lot of movements every day. But after five weeks you should be feeling in much better shape. But please listen to your body. Do fewer reps if you need to.

Don’t neglect your Foundational Five and maybe try a new routine like Pelvic Floor Connections. For bonus this week, try Tabata Kick & Squat. It is the longest workout on Fit2B, but also one of my favorites. It takes everything I love about Tabata and combines it with kickboxing.

So now that I’ve finally given you my take on the 5X5 Challenge, what next? The new Fit2B Beginning pathway and Fit2B Mama Maternity routines! There have been a lot of great new routines added to Fit2B in the last few months and I haven’t had time to try many of them because of the extreme sickness I had in the first trimester. But I’m feeling much better now and ready to get back on track. I’ll be opening with a week or two of easing back into movement (if you have great first trimesters, please feel free to make it harder), followed by 6 weeks of Fit2B Beginning and then my own little combo of routines including Maternity Routines. I’m so excited to try these new routines plus the maternity routines as well. (Though the Mommy & Me routines will have to wait for a while yet). Come back next week and join me!

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What Will You Remember in Your Nursing Home? Mindset for Moms

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I so appreciate this chapter because Jamie brings home an important point without guilt. Someday, these may very well be the times we look at most fondly. The other day I was missing breastfeeding my little babies. (Good timing, since baby #3 will be joining us at the end of the September). The reality was that for the first few weeks and last few months nursing my daughter was agony. While I mourned being finished at 13 months, I was grateful to end the constant pain. With my son, we struggled to maintain our nursing relationship between supply issues, weight loss and a nursing strike. In the end, I was ready to be done and rarely missed it. But here I am, missing what was a very difficult time in my life. My kids weren’t good sleepers and the last year or two of decent sleep has been great. Yet, I know I’ll be giving all of that up soon. Am I looking forward to it? Yes and no. It will be difficult, but I also know that someday I will miss it. This third child feels like my chance to try and enjoy all the good things one more time.

When my son is being his charming but aggravating self, I try to think how I’ll remember this all someday. When all I want is for them to learn to do things for themselves, I know I’ll miss being needed. In some ways having these two is making me appreciate the baby time more. Babies have such simple needs. Yes, they need you for everything, but there isn’t much they need. Not so with older children. They seem to need me almost as constantly, and their needs are ever changing and seemingly increasing. But I know that someday I will miss the living room wrestling matches and yummy noise at the dinner table.

Does this mean I don’t acknowledge the bad things? No, I do. But I try not to focus on only the bad. I give myself permission to feel angry and frustrated as long as it doesn’t rob all the joy from the tender and precious moments.

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Mindset for Moms From Mundane to Marvelous Thinking in Just 30 days

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Talk Less: Mindset for Moms

Remember the Promise of the Seasons: Mindset for Moms

Want What You Have: Mindset for Moms

Fake It: Mindset For Moms

What Are You Expecting?: Mindset For Moms

Don’t Expect Kindness From Your Kids: Mindset for Moms

Learn to Think Like Your Child: Mindset For Moms

Move! Mindset for Moms

It’s OK to be Down: Mindset for Moms

Get a Grasp on Gratitude: Mindset For Moms

Find the Emotional Rest You Need: Mindset for Moms

What Are You Putting In Your Mind? : Mindset for Moms

Write it Down: Mindset for Moms

Let It Go: Mindset for Moms

Do Only 6 Things Today: Mindset for Moms

Discover Your Mission

Tell Your Kids What You Want

Request a Do-Over

Move Away From Competition & Comparison

Give Your Time, Give Your Money, Give Your Stuff: Mindset for Moms

No Replays

Survive as an Introverted Mom

Surround Yourself by Great Thoughts from Great Minds

Conquer the Myth of Not Enough Time

Remember Kids Are People Too, Just Smaller Ones

Do What Comes Naturally

Live Above the Details

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5X5 Week 4: Cardio and Pilates

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Are you starting to get bored? Well, don’t worry because you’ll be too busy to be bored this week.

In addition to the daily 5X5 movements, you’ll also be doing Pilates and harder cardio workouts.

Beth Learn at Fit2B just introduced two new Basic Step aerobics routines. Check them out here and here.

I also recommend

Pilates in Pajamas

Pilates in Pajamas II

Plain Ol’ Pilates.

That should cover extra workouts for all five days. If you want an extra kick-butt bonus workout. Break out the Kelly Dean Total Body Workout.

Move of the Week

Squat with Side Leg Raise and Front Arm Raise

This is another one of those powerhouse movements that hits so many muscle groups at a time. Squats alone can be boring sometimes (at least I think so) but this helps keep it interesting. Plus you know it’s working because 5 sets of 5 feels like a lot.

Next week I have a special idea planned to make that last week of the 5X5 (X5) Challenge just a little more difficult and interesting during the final week. Hope to see you then.

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