In her new book, Body Book, Cameron Diaz shares her thoughts about health and wellness in a surprisingly frank way. I do enjoy her straight talk on these issues, and especially appreciated her comments on the idea of self-discipline. Isn't it so true that we often view discipline (dieting, workout routines, etc) as a source of punishment? Read the words below, supermoms, for a different take on the notion:
"Discipline isn't about denying yourself; it's about giving to yourself. It isn't about losing; it's about gaining. Every day that I get up early...to go to the gym, even if it's difficult and I'd rather stay in bed, I think about what will will I gain from going to the gym and what will I lose if I don't. Nine times out of 10, I will only gain by going and lose by not going. Discipline is always a gain in the tallying of life."
If you've been drilling down on your New Year's resolutions, keep hanging in there! The magic 14-21 day period for changing a routine is here. Keep pushing yourself, supermoms, especially during new workout routines. While you're spending the time and energy, it's okay to make exercise hard, supermoms! Of all the ways we try to make our lives easier, this is an area that shouldn't be!
One of the big reasons health has become so important to me is that I spent the better part of my early years as an inactive, plump girl. Like many of us, I suppose, I really had no idea who I was or what I was capable of. I think this insecurity did little to draw friends my way or to endear me to many of my classmates. I was either ignored or teased, not as bad as some but worse than others. Still, the scars I earned in the halls of my junior high and high schools were things I carried with me for years after, letting them define me.
Then, my children were born, and with their unconditional love and the constant love and adoration of my husband, I FINALLY blossomed! Secure in my place in the world, I decided I could brave my 20-year high school reunion. This is a mile-stone event that I did not want to miss, so I steeled myself for what I was certain would be an awkward night of being the wallflower and outcast I'd been the last time I'd seen these people. I even talked my husband into going with me as a safety net!
All the deeply buried scars boiled to the surface, as I stepped into the event. I was nervous and anxious! Low and behold, it became an evening of the fondest of reunions with old friends, long-lost buddies, and classmates that seemed to be in as much disbelief about how we'd all changed as I was! With name tags featuring our Senior pictures, the night became a fun game of rectifying the photo to the person...the former queens now in glasses, the stoners now confident business men, the athletes now with the growing paunch of middle-age, and the nerds now glowing with confidence and strength! I was so excited for everyone and to hear their stories, and I was shocked to find that they felt the same about me!
For this former outsider, it was like a spiritual healing...my wounded teeny-bopper finally being welcomed by her peers. Perhaps one of the most memorable moments was standing next to one of the most popular boys of our class and having him do a double-take, as he compared me to my photo mid-way through our conversation. In the most sincerest way, he said, "wow, look at you, you're so beautiful!". Me? As we talked more about our lives, he then said one of the best statements.."it took me a long time to figure out who I am". It looks like we weren't all that different after all. So, I went home that evening filled with the sheer joy of connecting with this small group of people that I have the most unique of bonds, and feeling my inner teeny-bopper's scars fade, especially in the face of her shining smile!
Hello, fellow Supermoms! I am a woman that wears many capes: wife, mother, daughter, friend, business professional, athlete, wine enthusiast and aspiring writer! Balancing these roles while finding happiness and fulfillment for myself does seem to require superhuman skill sometimes. Project Supermom was born as an outlet for me to share my story and to encourage other moms to take personal responsibilty in getting the best out of life for themselves and their families!