Fitness Friday – Struggles With Mom Guilt

I’ve been all over the place lately. Good weeks, then bad weeks. No consistency. I’ve been letting the mom guilt sink in under my skin when I had promised myself I wouldn’t let that happen anymore. My husband has been doing the school pickup and the vast majority of the homework lately before I get home from work. By the time I get in the door I know he needs a break and the kids would like to spend time with their mom (really they just want dinner), but all I really want to do is go for a quick run. I let the guilt sink in and skip the run. This needs to stop. It’s only 20-30 minutes.

Sometimes I just use this digital space of mine for a little pep talk. I need to remind myself that self-care is important. Running is my form of therapy. It keeps my head clear and makes me a happier person. I have a supportive husband that will say, “just go!”, but I still feel a pang of guilt. I literally only have 3 hours with my kids a day during the week. I’ve made a commitment to myself to get three runs in a week. So far, I’ve gotten ONE in. Tonight, I found a little motivation, I threw on my new Jillian Michaels tank, and hit the pavement. The weather finally broke and there was heat and sunshine!! Although the pollen was an absolute killer, I made myself get out there and get it done. My children survived. Honestly, I don’t think they realized I was even gone until their tummies started to growl, “What’s for Dinner?”

Does mommy guilt keep you from getting in your workouts? How to get motivated and push back the guilt?



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