Giving birth to 2 adorable children in less than eleven months, being a stay at home mom whilst raising these children and the amount of wine, chocolate, coffee and french fries that is required to survive the last three years has taken it's toll on my poor wrinkled, flabby 38- year old body.
I hold it together most of the time but there are times when my husband walks in the door after a long day to find one kid screaming, one kid crying and me crumbled in the corner... rocking and whispering to myself *help is coming help is coming*.
On top of all of that, we have the issue of my health. It's not good people. I've been overweight for a long time and I know that this is my last chance to tackle this problem before I hit the big 4-0 and menopause sets in and everything starts to go down hill fast. I have this reoccurring dream....I am slim and fit and I'm running along a beautiful road with mountains all around me, the wind is blowing through my hair and I feel so free! I long to be fit and healthy...and to run!
It has come down to a couple of choices.....continue on this path of mass destruction and obtain a prescription for Xanax. Or take control of my life FINALLY and make some serious changes that will not only benefit me, but also my family.
One path lands me as a guest on Dr Phil, the other on Oprah.
I know from experience and watching The Biggest Loser that real success in losing weight and being healthy requires that you not only work hard through diet and exercise but that you work on the inside. I know that I want to be the best Wife and Mother I can be only way for me to do that is to have my head on straight.
My sister is a massage therapist in Dallas and she has taught me the benefits of massage and relaxation on a mother. Decreased anxiety (so I don't need Xanax), better sleep quality, more energy, increased concentration and less fatigue. All of these things are important in the life of a mother of two small children who spend all day fighting and crying and yanking on my pant leg.
Which brings me to the reason for this post....as part of my extreme makeover I am entering a contest to be the Sego Lily Mind Body Spa's official blogger. I want this chance to be an example of how Mothers need to take care of themselves so that they can better take care of their families. I strongly believe that regular spa treatments should be mandatory for all women but especially for those of us that stay at home day after day caring for small children.
Here are some of the items from Sego Lily's Spa Menu that I think would be beneficial.
Detoxifying Seaweed Wrap....for elimination of toxins.
Native American Body Balancer...healing synergy helps to purify and cleans the body.
Herbal Cellulite Treatment....reveals a firmer, more textured skin.
Soothing Soak...precious refuge from daily stressors.
Rocky Mountain Stone Massage...promotes sense of well-being, comfort and healing.
Signature Facial...care for your skin so that when the kids suck the life out of you it doesn't show on your face.
Indulgence Pedicure....who doesn't love pretty feet?
Bikini wax....feel more confident while wearing a swim suit.
If a mother is well rested, has ample energy and is experiencing the healing benefits of bodywork then she will in turn be able to do her job better and the children will ultimately reap the rewards. I want a better life for me and my family. I want to thrive!
Ladies....we are the heart of our homes. We teach, comfort, discipline, love, nurture and fight for our families. Isn't time that we do the same thing for ourselves?
My plan for the coming year is to become a student of healthy living. I want to go with the mind, body and spirit route....because South Beach and Weight Watchers haven't done squat for me. You can follow my progress at Fat Mommy to Hot Mommy...my new blog venture!