Lessons Parenting Can Teach You About Fitness

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First off, a very happy new year to all my readers. You guys were nothing but awesome last year. I have loved reading your encouraging comments and feedback. So thank you for all the positivity each of you have sent my way. I am all set to rock 2014, and cant wait to see what it has in-store for me.

I had been thinking of an inspirational topic to write about at the start of this year, and as I was driving to work this morning, I was thinking about the kids and all that I have learned from parenting them all this time. And right then this topic struck me.

I may not be a mother biologically, but being a stepmom to two of the most amazing kids I know, has given me an awesome opportunity to experience motherhood. I cannot claim to exactly know everything it entails, but I can say for sure that it definitely teaches you lessons that you can connect back to anything that involves perseverance, patience and hard work. For someone it might be building one’s career, or building a business, etc. For me that is working on my physical fitness and overall health. So here are the 3 Ps that I can derive, from parenting my little people –

Patience

Just like kids take time to learn and grow, it is important to be patient with your body as well. Expecting overnight drastic changes is like hoping to win the lottery. The child in your life needs to be nurtured and consistently worked on. He/she isn’t going to become who you want them to be overnight, but if you guided them gently, someday they just might! In the same way your body too needs to be dealt with patience. Getting frustrated at it just because it isn’t losing the pounds quick enough, will only result in negativity and demoralization. On the other hand, constantly working on it with regular workouts and good diet, and slowly but surely it will bring about the changes you want to see. You know what they say, eyes on the prize! 🙂

Persistence

To tell you the truth, somedays I truly wanna give up. The art of tutoring anybody never came easy to me. Now imagine teaching a 11 and a 7 year old. I have one word – IMPOSSIBLE! After spending an hour refreshing my math from high school days, and then communicating effectively (based on my standards) to a 11 year old as to what prime numbers are, and why ENOUGH is spelt E-N-O-U-G-H and not E-N-U-F, and in the end when all you get is a blank look, you feel helpless and are immediately possessed with an intense desire to smash your head against the nearest wall. The feeling is quite the same when the person in the mirror does not quite match the picture in your head, even after months of working out and eating clean. And the 2 things that have worked for me is this –
a). Change things up and try a different route
b). Adjust expectations
Just like it is important to always adjust your expectations when guiding little people, in the same way it is important to sometimes go easy on ourselves and create realistic goals. No you are not going to become a VS model in a couple months if you haven’t left the couch in years. That does not mean you cannot become one, or shouldn’t dream of. Creating small attainable goals each day of your life will prevent you from burning yourself out and instead boost your confidence level.

Pay Attention

As humans we tend to get into a cycle and just like clockwork we seem to go about our day without questioning what we are doing and why are we doing it. We sometime tend to turn the kids into little machines as well without listening to what they would like to do. It is important to know when to stop and listen to their little voices. In the same way our body has a voice too. You might want to push yourself some days, and you might even get through a workout successfully. But is important to listen to your body some days and know when it is time to rest. When it is time to kickback and relax your overworked muscles and heal your injuries, so you can try harder the next day and see better results.

The journey to ultimate health and fitness is not a 60 day or 90 day destination, it is a life-long commitment. So ensure you are consistent and mindful! 🙂

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About pallavisharma

Welcome to my blog! Apart from being a health and fitness freak, I love writing, and this blog is a perfect outlet for it. I am not a professional writer by any means, but would like to be someday, so I can inspire people far and wide. I am a project manager by day, and go to business school at night. I am happily married to the love of my life, and thoroughly enjoy being a stepmom to two of the most wonderful kids I know. The goal of my blog is just one word – INSPIRE. If I was able to help even one person enough to get them to change their life around for the better, I would consider myself extremely fortunate. I am super thankful to all my readers who have given me so much love and encouragement through the years. You guys rock! I will leave you with one quote – “Monotony is the awful reward of the careful. If you want to change and grow, you need to take risk” – John C. Maxwell

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