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I Want My Kids to See Me Run

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Over four years ago, I became a mama.

I can barely remember my life before then. I’m sure it involved a much flexible schedule and more free time. If I wanted to go for a run, I did. I didn’t have to wake up at a super early hour to fit it in. Ron and I didn’t have to schedule our workout time at different parts of the day to make sure someone was home.

But then my world got flipped upside down like a snow globe when my kids were born. My life became more scheduled then ever before and free time became a thing of the past. Gone were the days of running whenever I felt like it. I knew I had to let go of some things from my pre-kids life but running wasn’t going to be one of them. Run­ning needed to stay.

I could have easily forgotten about running with the excuse I didn’t have time. I could have easily given into the “Mommy Guilt” of leaving my kids for 30 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes with Ron so I could go for a run. There have been times when I have skipped a run because of it.

Some may call me selfish. It is in a way. The main reason why I run is for myself and the feelings it gives me. I have to take care of ME before I can take care of others.

But I also run for my kids. Over the years, I’ve come to see how my run­ning ben­e­fits them and am even more grate­ful I have it in my life.

I want them to know that I am a runner.

I want them to know that running is way more than just running. It’s taught me so many life lessons already.

I want them to know that the simple act of running, has changed me, for the better, in more ways than one.

Wallis Sands 12 marathon 2014 after  happyfitmama.com

What running has given me:

Confidence

For most of my life, I have not been a confident person. There was always a flaw to pick at or something I wasn’t good enough to do. Then I started running more in my 30s. I wasn’t winning races. I wasn’t the fastest. But I felt a shift in the way I held myself. I spoke up more. I stood taller. I didn’t try to blend. I would take super sweaty selfies post run with no make up on and hair drenched but feel more beautiful than ever. I’m sure getting older helped a bit but I think running helped boost me up just as much. Setting goals, working hard towards them and meeting them helped me see that I can do big things. I hope my kids see that they can do big things too.

Patience

If you know me, you know that I am not the most patient person. I think I’m much better than I was 10 years ago. It’s a work in progress for sure. And off course, motherhood tests my patience every minute of the day practically. But with running, for the most part, it’s a gradual build up. It took time to be able to run 1 mile straight without stopping. It takes time to build up speed. I have to be patient and allow my body to adapt and grow over weeks, months.

Commitment

The Mommy Guilt pops up quite a bit when I’m training for a race especially with marathon training. It’s even there when I’m running a race. It’s a lot of time away from Ron and the kids. But I’m hoping my kids will see that I’m committing myself to a goal. Commitment takes time, consistency, effort and dedication. If you want it, you need to commit.

Fun

To me running is fun. Of course it’s not rainbows and unicorns all the time. I have bad runs. I have crappy races. I want my kids to see that being active, whether in running or another sport, is a fun way to be outside, connect with friends all while keeping your body healthy. I don’t want them to think of exercise as something they HAVE to do but something they get to do.

Balance

At one time I thought I could achieve balance with all aspects of my life – blogging, my job, marriage, kids, friends and daily tasks of living. But then I realized there really is no balance in life. It’s more of a coexistence that consistently needs tweaking. For me, getting up at zero dark thirty to run keeps me balanced mentally. I’m healthy, happy, and sane after a run, which makes me a bet­ter mother, wife, coworker, friend, every­thing.I bal­ance my life in a way that allows me to run and run­ning helps me find bal­ance within my life.

Enthusiasm

Running gets me excited. I love to talk about it, write about it, dream about it. I have never felt so much enthusiasm for a sport in my whole life. I love everything about it. I want my kids to have the same enthusiasm for something, ANYTHING, in their lives.

My kids may never be runners. That’s ok. But I want them to see me run and what I put into it.

Hopefully, that will spark something inside of them to find their own passion in life, whatever that may be.

What has running done for you?

A Healthier Home with Ology

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We are a dirty family.

With two parents who work out daily (and sweat heavily) and two kids who are well, kids, we get dirty and stink up a lot of clothes. That means we do a lot of laundry.

I’ve been using all natural, dye free, scent free laundry products for years. I started using it about 5 years ago when my husband starting getting very dry skin on his back. Once I switched detergents, the dryness went away. I stuck with the same detergent when my kids were born. It’s worked well for us plus it’s better for the environment.

I love my current brand but was interested in trying Walgren’s new line of household cleaners, paper, personal care, and baby products – Ology.

Ology products contain no harmful chemicals and are 100% tree-free. It avoids toxic chemicals while actively seeking sustainable raw materials and natural ingredients to use in their production process.

Here’s what you WON’T find it Ology:

    • no dyes, artificial fragrances or phosphates
    • ammonia, chlorine, bleach, DEA (diethanolamine), TEA (triethanolamine), parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, nonylphenol ethoxylates, triclosan, and SLS/SLES
    • never tested on animals and do not contain any animal
      byproducts

What you WILL find is a product that is:

  • Endorsed by Healthy Child Healthy World, a national, leading independent nonprofit organization, dedicated to the protection of children from harmful chemicals.
  • plant-based and mineral-based raw materials.
  • Every Ology bottle is made from 100% post-consumer materials
  • gentle on clothes and your skin, while still fighting tough stains. It works in both HE and regular machines and is formulated to thoroughly clean all types of loads (regular, delicates, and woolens)

In addition to detergent, Ology follows the same principles with their paper products and cleaning sprays.

I never knew Walgren’s carried such a line!

So did it work in getting our clothes clean and smelling fresh?

Yes! The detergent worked on dirt and grass stains, sweat soaked tanks and beach towels that had been left out in the rain. The cleaner is perfect for every day clean up without toxic smells. I loved it!

Ology products retail for $3.99 for the cleaner to $6.79 for detergent. Not bad prices at all!

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my own thoughts and opinions on my blog.