A SHORT story
Good morning, Mamas!
As the weather warms here in coastal Virginia and we prepare say “Aloha” to our favorite Crazy Fit Mama as she flies off to the beaches of Hawaii, I’m thinking hard about the “s” word.
Oh, friends. It’s been a long, cold winter. Some golden sun would feel a-mazing right about now. We’ve got 10 weeks until Labor Day weekend. Not that I’m counting…
So, shorts. I’ve never been a shorts girl. There have been loads of excuses over the years. “I’m too short for shorts. My legs are too heavy. They don’t fit properly.”
But you know what? ENOUGH.
It’s exhausting to take kids to the park/zoo/to run errands/etc. on already hot days and stand there all covered up and miserable. I’m tired of being hot. More importantly, it’s not right for my kids to see me sweaty and irritable because I don’t want anyone to see what’s under my Levis. Any of this ring a bell?
I’ve spent the cooler months working HARD on my legs, and the rest of me. Maybe you have too. Maybe you haven’t. It hasn’t been so that I can rock a pair of shorts or a bathing suit, but because I want to be stronger, heathier, and more able to have fun in the sun with my family and friends. I’d rather be a playground mama than a park bench one, and if that means biting the bullet and leaving my comfort zone, then that’s what needs to happen.
Are you feeling the squeeze when it comes to summer clothes? We’ll talk more about getting prepped in the coming weeks, but for now, let’s review the basics.
Hydrate: Seriously. Water is nearly always the answer. Drinking your full eight glasses per day, and more if you’re working harder or the weather’s warm will keep your system flushed (HA!), reduce bloating, and make you feel more alert.
Eat: Real, clean food. Three meals a day, plus two to three small snacks including fresh produce, lean protein, and healthy fats will keep your system running smoothly and your tummy feeling full. Less temptation to grab a handful of “whatever” on the go, along with the hydration we discussed, will help you to feel clean, confident, and energetic.
Rest: Get your sleep schedule under control now, before school breaks, family vacations, and late sunsets send you down a road to ruin. Everything looks brighter through rested eyes. Netflix will keep until later. Go to bed.
Work It: I’m not just talking about working out for the obvious physical benefit. Being active for 30 minutes or more daily will not only make you stronger and healthier, but will make you feel more at home in your own skin. Dropping a few pounds in an incredible benefit, but so is the natural, bad a$$ mama high you’ll get from a solid sweat session. Prefer to challenge yourself in classes or with a group of friends? Working as a part of a team comes with its own special rush. Remember, confidence will always look beautiful on you!
Let’s start planning some fun in the sun, Mamas! I think I hear adventure calling…