I’m a mama.
I work hard.
My husband, my children, my house, even my vehicle, get a lot of my energy, time, and attention. And they should.
I want to take care of the wonderful family God has given me. I love being a homemaker. Yeah, I even enjoy cleaning my house. I don’t love cleaning out my van, but I guess that beats driving around in a dump that smells like dirty socks. (Or is that a dirty diaper?)
I love taking care of the people and things in my life, but sometimes I’m not so good at taking care of my own body.
I’m talking about things like making sure I get enough sleep, taking the herbs and supplements I’m always giving my kids, carving out time to exercise, or take a nap, or even drink enough water throughout the day.
My baby turned a year old a few weeks ago, and I finally admitted the truth:
I’ve been putting off taking care of some of my health goals, simply because I’m so busy just trying to get through each day.
So this series- Healthy, Beautiful You– is sort of a get-myself-motivated effort. I have a feeling I’m not the only mama who feels like she takes care of everyone but herself, so I decided to take my goals public and include you in the challenge.
Over the next twelve weeks, I’m going to share posts about all kinds of things related to a mama’s health needs:
- how to cleanse and detox
- herbs and cleanses that are safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding
- exercising when you’re pregnant
- taking care of your postpartum body
- getting back in shape after your baby is born
- treating varicose veins and other common pregnancy issues
- breastfeeding troubleshooting
- fertility and natural family planning
- overcoming candida and yeast problems
- my experience with Trim Healthy Mama and postpartum weight loss
- healing diastasis recti
- my personal goals for boosting my post-baby health
- my hospital and home birth stories
- reviews of products I love
- giveaways from companies I love
Just so you know, this isn’t going to be anything Super Woman-ish.
I’m not going to set a goal to workout an hour a day or go on a vegan diet. I’m not going to kill myself trying to write about how mamas can be healthier, either.
I’m insanely busy, just like you are. A lot of weeks, I don’t have time to pump out scads of fresh content for this blog so I’m going to feature some of the popular posts from my archives, as well as share some guest posts from other natural-minded mamas.
I want this to be real, so I’m going to talk about the real-life health challenges we mamas face, and how we can realistically overcome those challenges.
Sometimes the challenge is getting enough sleep. Sometimes it’s finding the motivation to educate ourselves about a health issue and then muster the discipline to stick with a new and better lifestyle.
Tomorrow, I’m kicking things off with a giveaway; next week I’ll check in with week one of our twelve week series, post my personal goals, and share the health challenges I’m tackling right now.
If you’re a Pinterest user, I’d love for you to follow my Natural Mama board!
What about you?
Do you feel like you need a little boost in taking care of your health?
What topics would you like to read about?
Kristy Howard is a pastor’s wife, second-generation homeschooling mom of five, and a passionate believer in friendship, coffee, and quiet time! Kristy writes about motherhood, ministry and life at KristysCottage.com.