#Crush Your Kryptonite: Exhaustion

Man that Kryptonite...its rough stuff.  Thankfully I don't suffer, too much, from emotional or binge eating.  It's mostly due to the fact that I really don't crave food when I'm emotional.  Or at least I'm aware that it doesn't do much for me.

Mine is exhaustion.  Tiredness.  Being worn out either mentally or physically.  I am a stay at home/work from home mom to a wonderful little two and a half year old.  My husband works some pretty crazy hours at times and takes quite a few business trips so I'll often find myself trying to hold together the house, our daughter, work, and relationships by myself.

I struggle trying to get everything done and it doesn't help that I have a huge OCD problem when it comes to keeping my house clean which means that I place unnecessary pressure on myself to keep it sparkling.

Plus side: Clean House.

The Negative: worn out Rachael.  A lot of the time I will find myself struggling at the end of the day to even pull out a book and read because I've been worrying so much about being a good mom, cleaning the house, stocking the refrigerator, getting my writing done, and remembering my errands.

I become so exhausted at the end of the day that all I want to do is curl on the couch with a glass of red wine and not think, not move, just breathe.  This means that if I don't get my workout in during the morning or during my daughter's nap it is so hard for me to drag myself out to the garage to get in a Hiit workout.

My kryptonite isn't that uncommon.  I know so many moms who feel like they don't have the time to spend on themselves to workout.  I completely understand.  But on those days when I'm mentally tough for some reason and I do go out and workout...I feel light as air.  I feel as though the stress and exhaustion has been swept from my body like crumbs off the kitchen floor.  The only way to combat exhaustion is to exercise.

For all of the parents out there, your children deserve the very best from you, they deserve parents that are active and healthy and set the example that physical fitness isn't just a fad...it's a vital component to life.  Take 20 minutes for yourself.  On those days when you just want to lay back think about your pumped arms and round butt and all those calories.  Studies have shown that the longer you think about working out, the more likely you are to do it.  Take a minute and visualize.  THEN GO.

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