Is motherhood that a bigger sacrifice?
“A mother’s love is something that no one can explain, it is made of deep devotion and of sacrifice and pain, it is endless and unselfish and enduring come what may. For nothing can destroy it or take that love away.” – Helen Steiner Rice, Poems and Prayers What do you need to do to survive and thrive in these ever changing times? What have you compromised lately to get to the result that you want lately? Being a woman and being a mother can sometimes require more than what you previously know you could do. And having a child (especially for new moms) means you have to do things that are sometimes out of your comfort zones. It takes focus and determination to get the things that you want in your own way. Sometimes, it takes sacrifice. It's a fact that mothers are truly nation builders and that out of normalcy, we somehow take for granted the sheer effort to manage a family and multi-task to be an awesome modern-day, fun and fierce woman that you are. Being a mother, you are sometimes burdened with the decision to choose a lesser evil. That sucks! However, when we keep our priorities always on mind, we then realize that some bitter pills don't taste that bad at all. Such is the heroics of self-sacrifice. Is it worth it? Hell yeah, it is!
Staying Fit and Healthy
Staying Fit and Healthy: Working out after child birth
I remember the first time I got back to yoga after my daughter was born. I wore my gym outfit as if it was not mine. Not only that, my flexibility was not at par. The first 5 minutes is very challenging and that on my mind, I was thinking of quitting already.
First of all, I am not really a fitness junkie and that I do enjoy carbs and alcohol However, I like to look good for myself and I love the feeling of sense of achievement after a good hour and a half of sweating. When I got pregnant, I was doing prenatal yoga. It was less intense than what I was regularly doing. That is, Les Mils Combat workout, some weight training and yoga. This practice helped a lot during my labor as it went effortlessly. Cut the story short, I was doing none of that after child birth. I gained some flabs and I felt less energetic and stressed out easily. I decided after a year, that I want to take back myself. So I jumped in the weighing scale and set a specific weight goal. It was not much but at least it was realistic – knowing the road I will go through. In my mind, it was either that or diabetes or cancer. I know I can be very overly dramatic but it is scientifically proven that exercise can be helpful in managing stress, lifting your mood and improving the quality of your sleep. It can also give you an energy boost – even when you're sleep deprived, says Lourey-Bird, a lecturer at the University of NSW.
• Intensity of exercise is not really necessary. Listen to your body and think that it is not always a competition but keeping in mind to push yourself a little.
• It is recommended to exercise at least 5 times a week for 30 minutes. You can break the time in 3 – 10-minute workout in each day if you want. Anything is better than nothing. Vacuuming counts, brisk walking is also good, taking to account that you exert your body to a certain degree of effort.
• Plan your exercise day by having your child taken care of by a family member, a friend or a nanny. Remember to enjoy