Mental fitness is as important to our overall health as physical fitness. Most things we do (including getting our asses in the gym) require some amount of mental fitness. If you’ve read my bio, you know one of my “hobbies” is over-extending myself. As you may know, I’m married and a mom of two with a full-time job. That alone keeps me
But here comes the problem. I’m an “all in” kind of girl. When I do something I do it to the absolute nth degree. I go all in and invest every ounce of my energy (mental and physical) into whatever it is. Fitness is no exception. I was so interested in fitness, I decided to get my personal training certification. After that, I came across so much great information I had a burning desire to share, I started a facebook page to do just that. Of course, that wasn’t enough so I also started this blog. I had so much information swimming around in my head, I really felt this would be a great outlet for it.
I submerged fully into all of it. I’ve built some incredible relationships with people I wouldn’t have otherwise met. I’ve had people tell me that I inspire or motivate them (which never, ever, ever ceases to amaze me). This added fuel to the fire. The more I felt like I might actually be touching people, the more time I put into it. I was a machine! Although I started noticing that I wasn’t working out as often as I used to. I was more committed to other people’s health than I was to my own. I also overheard my husband telling people stuff I didn’t know. Because we never had time to talk.
Then my daughter, who is 7, says, “Mom, please get off the computer and play with me. You’re always working.”. This isn’t the first time this child has delivered a reality check right to my gut. I had to start thinking about the things that are important to me. What were my priorities? What difference does it make how many “fans” I have if my family aren’t also my fans. And how can they be with my fingers glued to the keyboard? Somewhere in nurturing my passion for writing and inspiring people, I lost sight of the things that are really important. My family. I let my them feel like they come second. They don’t.
I had to make some difficult decisions. I had to give up a client that I absolutely love because I felt like I didn’t have the time to give her 110%. This broke my heart because selfishly she inspired me just as much, if not more, than I ever could have inspired her. I’ve had to step back a little on facebook because it’s more important to have a conversation with my husband.
Are you over-extended? Has the order of your priority list shifted like mine? Make sure you take care of yourself mentally as well as physically. If you are over-extended mentally, you’ll never meet your other goals, including fitness. For me, it’s time to get my ass back in the gym and focus on my physical fitness. And it’s time to get my ass off the computer and focus on my mental fitness. So, if you don’t see me around as much as you’re used to….well, just know that my little girls and hubby are seeing a lot more of me.