Monday, August 5, 2013

Motivation Monday #13

Good morning, friends! 
Are y'all staying as busy this summer as my family?
I suppose now that the kids are starting to go back to school, we'll have some more time to take care of ourselves, right? Yay for the new school year! 

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This link up is great because of my sweet co-hosts, of course! Don't forget to visit them! 


Wendy @ Daily Dose of Del Signore
Veronica @ V Watts' Thoughts
Morgan @ Fat to Fit Confessions
Tiff @ The Fit Train
Katie @ The Carb Monster
Alisha @ Coily Locks


I absolutely couldn't stop myself from featuring Tiff's amazing results from last week's linkup! 



If you want to see more of her results, hop over to The Fit Train
I've always thought Tiff was beautiful, but she is looking even more amazing!



Today I want to talk about those of us who devote so much time into our families or marriages that we forget to take care of ourselves.

What's wrong with that?
(You know I'm going to tell you, right??)

When you neglect your own health and well being you cost your family, your marriage, and yourself in the long run. When I first married Ryan, I thought that being a "good" wife meant cooking him his favorite meals, going out to eat a lot on dates, and spending time snuggled up on the couch. While that's nice at the beginning of a relationship or marriage, it does tend to get old. My husband enjoys big, greasy hamburgers and anything smothered in gravy. Friends, I just can't eat that mess on a regular basis without my body dearly paying for it!

So I naturally gained weight and I felt really bad about it. Quietly, I started hating my body more and more. I felt disgusting and I pulled away from my husband. In my mind I thought, "Why would anyone want to look at me? I look like a cow!" So I slowly built walls around myself and it put a distance between us. By seeing myself negatively and not doing anything to change it, I hurt my relationship with my husband. Poor thing didn't have a clue what was going on! We had a distance between us until I started taking care of myself. When I began putting an effort into myself and seeing positive results, I placed more value in myself. I am worth the effort of taking care of my body. Investing time and energy into improving myself is one of the best things I ever did for our marriage.

If you are struggling in your marriage or relationship, take the time to care for your body. It may help more than you even realize! 



17 comments:

  1. i agree, same thing happened to me. Now I am struggling to get back to a good weight for me, I wish I had realized it early on, what I was doing! lol

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    1. Oh, me too. You just never realize until after you've made changes.

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  2. You're so sweet, Wendy! Thank you!

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    1. "Take time to care for your body." That's empower me. You look great Tiff. Thanks for the encouragement.

      http://herweightlossdiary.blogspot.com

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    2. You are doing such an amazing job! I couldn't wait to share your results.

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  3. It is so true that you have to love yourself first! Tiff looks great!

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    1. Tiff looks amazing! So proud of her progress!

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  4. Love the inspirations in your posts. I too have lost a lot of weight through clean eating and working out. I love your blog. I would love it if you stopped by and left me some feed back on my site. Following you on GFC.

    LilRedRunner

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  5. Yes, we need to take care of ourselves so we can better take care of our families. It's like when the flight attend tells you to place your O2 mask on first before helping others.

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    1. You are absolutely right! I've never thought of it that way before.

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  6. When I FINALLY stopped being unhealthy and doing unhealthy crap, to my body, my marriage changed so much. A healthy lifestyle is not only good for your body, it does wonders to your mental health as well. Such a great post!

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    1. Most people never realize how toxic their weight gain is. It's not just about a person' body physically. It affects every aspect of a person's life.

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  7. Good advice!! Mom's get so busy they forget to take care of themselves. I always say it's like the airplane. Place your own oxygen mask first! Just getting around to visiting all the Motivation Monday blogs.


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    1. I'm so glad you stopped by! I forgot to take care of myself long before I had my son, but it got a lot worse once he did get here.

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  8. Ouch! And thank you! I am at the part of the journey where I have built the walls and he has no idea. Weight ain't budging. Frustrated and feeling old. Thanks for posting hope!

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    1. Sorry! I have definitely been there. I wish so many times someone could have just spelled it out for me. He and I had no clue until much later when I started taking control of my health.

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