Hey there, Mama. Today we’re going with a little tough love, okay?

But I know you can handle it, and I promise it’s only in the hopes of good things for you.

For years, you’ve been told you need more:

  • Discipline.
  • Will power.
  • Blood.
  • Sweat.
  • Tears.

…all in the name of attaining your healthiest, strongest body.

And while I do love good, hard workouts, and I LOVE sweat, I think you’ve been done a disservice.

Because what you really need is a little more:

  • Grace.
  • Forgiveness.
  • Joy.
  • Fun.
  • And Love.

What does all that mean? I have a theory, and I think I may be on to something here.

Is it just me, or do you have enough challenges in your daily life, just as a mom? Isn’t it enough to have to juggle work, school, meal making, groceries, cleaning, appointments, church, and hopefully (hopefully!) maybe a good book or a meal out with the fam from time to time?

It’s a lot. You do a lot. We all do a lot. It requires all sorts of planning, organizing, running around, juggling….

Anyone else feeling a little anxious, just reading those last two paragraphs?

So when it comes to your body- making it healthy, clean, lean, and strong- do you really want it to be about MORE discipline, will power, blood, sweat, and tears?

I say let’s not. I say instead, let’s make our body a reflection of how we care for ourselves, not how we punish and torment our bodies into submission.

What would happen if, instead of making your workouts and your nutrition about trying to force yourself to do one more thing, be disciplined at one more thing, instead, you decided to LOVE on your body?

What if you decided to just let the torment, the torture, the gotta-do-it go, and instead, you did the things that made your body feel AMAZING?

What if you decided that from now on, you are going to make choices about your fitness, your nutrition, and your rest, based on what will make you feel AMAZING?

What would that look like?

Here’s what I think you might do:

  1. Get really deliberate about planning out your workouts for the week, and making them about your goals. Because, Mom, here’s the thing: you get to have goals, too. It’s not just about Tommy making the football team or Jane getting first chair flute. You get to have goals, too. You should have goals. Because if you do, when you attain them, you’ll feel amazing.
  2. Get really deliberate about keeping foods around that give you healthy, clean, lean energy. Because, when you eat foods for energy and nutrition, you feel amazing.
  3. Get really deliberate about your rest. Because we all feel like crap on lousy sleep, and a mom who loves herself well makes her rest a priority.
  4. Get really deliberate about the yummy stuff, like connecting with those you love and taking even an hour a week to devote to your hobby or just pamper yourself. If you’re not sure what this thing called “hobby” is, we’re talking drawing, gardening, photography, whatever lights you up! And pampering? How about a pedi, even if you do it at home?

Are you getting the idea?

Your body is a reflection of your self-love.

When you love on yourself and make your well-being a priority, you eat well and move well, all in the name of feeling AMAZING.

So if you’re not in love with how your clothes fit, why not get off the torment/torture train and instead try the radical self-love flow?

What’s the worst that can happen? If the worst that happens is you slow down and make you a priority, I’d say that’s still a major win.

And if you need to figure out how to make more room for the things that make you feel amazing, check out our Sunday Checklist here!

What do you need to shift, today, to move towards more self-love, so that your body can reflect that love? Comment below or message me here so I can support you and keep you accountable!