What’s a Journey without a Few Obstacles?

by Julie Wilson on November 15, 2012

in Exercise, Family

Embracing Obstacles

Being a mother certainly has its obstacles when it comes to weight loss. It would be easy for me to make excuses as to why I’ve let myself go, or why I can’t spend time focusing on myself. Part of losing weight is about establishing a routine or a habit that will eventually lead to a new way of life. Well, as a mother of four I have learned to use the word “routine” loosely. My children have their routines of course, but unfortunately mine doesn’t exist.

The clock plays a minor role in my daily life. I use it for a few things…it tells me how fast my day is going and when the next segment of Elmo’s World will be gracing my television. My day is never the same and it all revolves around these little faces that look up at me and call me “Mommy”. They need me, they love me, and they don’t care if I am overweight or not. In their world, it is all about them.

I have to remind myself sometimes that I don’t have superpowers, I can’t do it all and I can only accomplish what I can. People often ask me how often I work out. Sometimes it’s once a week, sometimes it’s all seven days and there are days I don’t get a single workout in. For the first two months of my youngest daughter’s life, every time I turned on my Tae Bo she would wake up and start crying. It became a joke that if you wanted the baby to sleep then you didn’t let Billy Blanks anywhere near the DVD player.

Here is a video I made a while back when things were hard with Taelynn being so demanding.  I found a creative way to keep my baby happy and get my workout in.  It wasn’t a hard workout, but it was something.  I just do what I can when I can do it. Enjoy!

My dietary intake is the most important part of my weight loss journey, yet I do get frustrated when I can’t spend the time I’d like to working out. I just remind myself that being a mommy now, while my children are young, is more important than having the weight off by a certain deadline. I am there for my babies, all the while striving to be the best me I can be.

Losing weight is about give and take whether you are a mother or not. It is about making good decisions from minute to minute. It is about striving for excellence, not perfection. I want my children to remember me as a mommy who was always trying to be her best, not a mommy who was too busy to spend time with them because working out, making videos or blogs, or getting on the scale was more important.

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Rob Reno November 15, 2012 at 3:17 pm


You have a great balance and I have loved getting to know the girls. They are awesome little munchkins and I just adore them so much. You know that your family comes first but you also know that you come equally first, because you have to be the best you can be health wise for your family or the truth is you could not give the 100% you give them each day!. YOU are amazing and I love you very much and I know you know that. Your Best Friend Rob Reno

Julie Wilson November 15, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Thank you Robby. You have helped me see that for sure. I’m excited to see my girls grow up and I’m anxious for you to meet them. I love you…Love,Grace

Tina Crim November 15, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Julie . Loved this article very much. It is soo true about finding that balance. You have such an awesone attitude about your journey… it is not a race. Its a journey. So its lifelong.. and its your season to be a stay at home mom. Your babies are so adorable and are so blessed to have you as their mom. I am truly blessed to have you as my best friend and sister in Christ. I love u very much! Tina

Julie Wilson November 16, 2012 at 10:39 am

Thank you Tina~ It’s not a race, we have to keep telling ourselves that. We just have to fight every day! I love you tons! <3Jules

Thomas S. Moore November 16, 2012 at 10:09 am

Like work life balance its the same with almost any goal. You have to find that sweet spot that works for you. Setting goals are great but remember sometimes things come up that cause you to re-evaluate those goals or timelines. Keep pushing and being a great mom and do your best.

Julie Wilson November 16, 2012 at 10:38 am

Thank you so much! I love this! You are right about re-evaluating! <3 Jules

Annie Miller December 21, 2012 at 8:17 am

It is great that you were able to find your way after you have a baby. It takes a lot of strength and patience to make things normal after pregnancy.

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