I have learned over the 39 years of my life so far that I just can’t be the best at everything.
I can try.
But the reality of it is that is might not be worth the effort because something has to give. You have to sacrifice something in order to excel at others.
Or at least ask for help.
I think moms tend to put themselves on the back-burner when it comes to the quality of their lives and their health, especially when it is so easy to get caught up in taking care of their families. It’s in our makeup to be nurturing caregivers. Many of us define ourselves by how well we do our job as “mom” and “wife” and we take a lot of satisfaction in making sure our families are happy and healthy. And for those of us who work (at home or in a traditional office), our priorities are stretched even further. We strive to do and have it all, but in the end we often sacrifice ourselves before anything else.
Over the last couple of years I have made some conscious decisions to put some of my attention back into me because I realized that a happier, healthier me actually makes it easier to be successful in my other roles. If the engine doesn’t run, the car can’t go anywhere on it’s own, and moms really are the “engine.”
I have become an avid label reader, I try and make as many meals as possible from scratch without processed ingredients or foods. I have become more active following intense workout routines and starting a marathon training program. Eating right and exercising helps my body and my brain feel better and more able to take on whatever life throws at me.
But sometimes that isn’t enough.
Taking vitamins helps get me through those days when my diet is less than stellar. When I’ve run myself so ragged with the kids, their school, housework, their extra-curricular activities (and so much more) that all I want is a slice of pizza and the couch. When my body is run-down and my defenses are lowered but I can’t afford to get sick. When I have 2 sick kids and sleep is just not an option. When I want to grab my running shoes and hit the pavement or the treadmill despite not having slept in 2 days because I need some “me” time.
Vitamins help give me the extra energy I need to make it through the day but they also give me permission to NOT be supermom. Knowing that I have some extra help taking care of me makes it easier for me to be just mom, and put my cape away.
I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Nature Made and received promotional items to thank me for taking the time to participate. Vote for my entry at www.facebook.com/naturemade between 9/20/11 and noon (PT) 9/26/11.
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