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Taking Shape

Guest Post from Kathryn Sansone:

Getting your body in shape after having a child is a challenge all of us women face. But what is more, is that our bodies are not the only thing we have to worry about. In the blink of an eye you’ve got to get your body, your life and your home all back in shape. Seems impossible? Yes. But there are tricks to making it possible. With my family of twelve, we’ve managed to find a system that works. It’s not perfect, but it works.

The key for me is to prioritize my day and keep organized.

I’m a regular mom. I cook, clean, pick-up, drop-off, potty train, do laundry, take trips to the dentist, pump air into bicycle tires, say “no”, say “yes” and say “ask your father when he gets home.” Granted, I multiple this by ten as my children range from two to twenty years old, but I’m still a regular mom who’s finally got some things figured out. And after ten tries, wouldn’t people wonder if I hadn’t?

So, here are a few of my thoughts on how to get in that work-out, supper on the table, the laundry done and still enjoy your kids, your husband and yourself. They are things we’ve all heard before, but believe me to prioritize and organize—you really will get that body, life and home back in shape. It’s time to shape up!

Prioritizing your day will save your life. Make sure to put yourself towards the top of that list. As women we feel selfish taking time for ourselves, but we shouldn’t. We need to get over that and I’m not afraid to pave the way! We need to understand that we can’t be the best for our families if we haven’t been taking care of ourselves. It may not be 30 minutes everyday, but if we strive for even 5 minutes to even walk around the outside of the house, we’ll be pleasantly surprised with the boost in our mood and added energy and patience for the millions of obstacles that pop up throughout the day.

Use your time to either workout to really kick start your energy level and body shape, or partake in a favorite hobby or social outing. Taking time to scrapbook, soak in the tub, meet friends for coffee or go for a walk can do amazing things for your outlook on the rest of the day. Whatever it is that you enjoy—do it! And be selfish about it! Believe me, your family will thank you for it.

Part of prioritizing is getting organized. Take the time to do that and everything else will fall into place. Don’t beat yourself up over what doesn’t get done today. Move it to tomorrow’s list and work to cross it off by week’s end. I keep a notepad with me at all times to jot things down throughout the day. I don’t kill myself to get them all done at once, but it keeps me focused. I work through that list and can then feel accomplished at the end of the day when much of list has been scratched off.

We also use a white board calendar where everyone can add their schedules. While things are bound to change, it’s a great way to keep tabs on each other. Put it in one of the highly trafficked areas where you can update and see the week’s events in a glance.

By putting these tips into practice, we’ll see things really start to shape up. I’m always adding my learned survival tips to my web site www.shapeupmom.com if you’d like to check out more. As moms striving to get and keep our bodies, lives and homes in shape, we need to learn from one another. Contact me and let me know how you prioritize and get organized to be the best woman, mom and wife you can be.

—Kathryn

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