Are you a HHMoM? A Healthy Happy Mom of Many isn’t defined by the number of children she has, but she is someone who desires to be a healthy, happy individual, giving her best self in all of life’s “many” circumstances. In order to be “healthy” and “happy”, most women already know that diet and exercise are significant contributors to an overall healthy lifestyle. However, HHMoM has a much greater focus than merely fitness and nutrition. HHMoM is about helping you understand who you are as a woman (not just a wife and/or mom), why you may want to change your lifestyle, what steps you can practically and tangibly take to bring about that change, and how you can make time to incorporate those changes into your busy life. Who is this woman, this Healthy Happy Mom of Many? What does she want, and how can she obtain it?
In the Beginning
When I first began this journey a few months ago, it was simply an idea–a dream. I knew I wanted to capture the attention of all the women who were just like me. At the time, I was stuck in a whirlwind of responsibilities, feeling like I could never get it all together. I wasn’t doing much to properly care for myself mentally, emotionally, or physically. Sure, I would occasionally get motivated enough to exercise here or there, get dressed in something besides yoga pants, and eat healthy all day (only to ruin it by grubbing out on sugar and carbs in the evening out of habit, boredom, or stress), but the motivation never lasted.
My life was a revolving door, and I just kept spinning around making myself nauseous and perpetually feeling directionless. I knew that this was not the kind of life I wanted to live and that I should make some changes, but I wasn’t yet to the point where I wanted to step through the door, so I just kept on spinning.
Honestly, I can’t say I had a magical moment that suddenly changed my outlook on life. I do know that one thing never changed, though, and that was my search for God and His guidance. Between moments of listening to His word in the midst of raising five children (three of them under the age of two), I searched for women who used to look like me (body shape) and women who had my medical conditions (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Irritable Bowel Syndrome). I researched and compared how these women overcame their unique situations to become strong, healthy, victorious women, because I wanted to do the same thing. I honestly got tired of myself looking in the mirror, asking this person who looks like me, “Why do you keep putting yourself through this? Why?!”
I got so fed up with that person in the mirror who kept allowing her reasons for her struggles to be an excuse for why things could never be different. I knew that I was the only one who could change me, so I finally made the decision to turn my sporadic motivation and weak commitment into a full-blown mental, emotional, and physical overhaul. If you want to make changes in your life, then you need to come out of the revolving door, too. Get fed up with yourself and do something about it!
Who is she?
A HHMoM is a woman who knows what she wants and goes after her goals despite her circumstances. She jumps even though she’s scared, even though she knows she will sometimes fail, but she doesn’t give up. She wants to have the time it takes to bring about change and make herself a priority in her own life. But making yourself a priority means taking off some of the many hats we wear as mothers; it means sacrifice. You don’t always have to be the one to take care of the kitchen. it is okay if your home doesn’t look a “certain way”. You must prioritize your time and make a to-do list, or perhaps write things down on a pretty calendar (That makes the lists and responsibilities pleasant to look at!).
The key will be not getting bogged down if daily life doesn’t go as planned, because a HHMoM does her best to go with the flow.
What’s your story?
It’s important to remember that Healthy Happy Mom of Many does not just mean you have many kids. Your “many” can mean whatever you need it to mean to empower you. My “many” means children because of MY story, going from one child to five children in less than one year is my personal story of Healthy Happy Mom of Many. For some women, “many” can mean talents, commitments, creativities, victories, successes, flexibilities…Your “many” is unique to YOUR story!
What is your story? How do you fulfill the “many” of HHMoM? How are you working toward being a HHMoM?
Tell your story
I would love for you to go to my Facebook page and share your HHMoM journey or post it on your own personal Facebook page or Instagram page and tag Healthy Happy Mom of Many (my Instagram) Transformation happens when life is shared…You are not in this journey alone! Together we can help each other all become a true HHMoM!