Get a Move on Mama!
by Meggan Larson
I know, I know. Exercising to some of us is a four letter word. When I first read the book Trim Healthy Mama, I skimmed over the chapter on exercise because I just wasn’t interested. I told myself that when I stalled in my weight loss that I would start to incorporate exercise into my life. How many of you have said the same thing? And how many of you never did incorporate any exercise into your schedule? Yeah, me neither. The problem is that while changing your eating habits is incredibly beneficial to your health and your body, it will only take you so far.
Exercise is important for so many more reasons than just weight loss. Page 544 of the book says…
“…exercise increases energy levels and floods our bodies with endorphins (euphoria producing chemicals, the same ones Pearl mentioned that increase during sex). These make us feel on top of the world and ready to accomplish anything that comes our way. Exercise is our key for giving us the “get up and go” we need for our busy modern lives.
Exercise has been proven to be one of the most effective methods for reducing stress and treating mild depression. It stimulates the production of alpha brain waves which keep us feeling calm and relaxed. Serotonin, the happy hormone, is released. It brings feelings of joy, well being, personal security, self esteem, and the ability to concentrate. “
Not a bad list am I right? Still, for some of us, the benefits of exercise just don’t outweigh the inconvenience of it and quite frankly the sheer lack of motivation to do it. Sometimes we have to force ourselves to exercise by hiding it in something else. Let me illustrate. A few months ago I convinced my husband to let us foster dogs. Basically we care for a rescue pup for a few weeks/months until said puppy finds his/her forever home. We get to have a dog around without the commitment of owning one, and the dog gets to find a wonderful place to live. Awww what a nice thing to do! And it is, only that wasn’t my only motivation. You see, if I have a dog in the house, than that dog needs to be walked twice a day. That means that I need to walk twice a day. Boom – just got my exercise on! Maybe there’s a sport you really enjoy that you can sign up for. Maybe you can convince a friend to go on daily walks with you. Whatever the case, it is in fact important to exercise – even when we really don’t want to. You owe it to your health to get a move on mama! It won’t be that bad, I promise.
As always I’d love to hear from you so if you have any questions or comments please comment below or email me at Meggan@thelaundrymoms.com
Meggan Larson is a wife, mom of three, and challenge overcomer! Diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and under going aggressive chemotherapy, when her second born child was only three months old, gave Meggan an expected twist to her life. Dealing with pregnancy weight gain and the debilitating effects of chemotherapy, Meggan’s weight soared to over 228 pounds. Feeling humiliated with no desire to socialize Meggan was desperate for a change. Shortly after loosing 20 pounds with the Trim Healthy Mama program, Meggan found out she was pregnant with baby number three, that ended in an emergency C-section and unexpected hysterectomy. Despite the challenges she faced Meggan has just celebrated her one year “trimiversary”, and her success of releasing just over 60 pounds! Meggan is confident that her success on plan is “doable” for anyone looking to gain back their health and wanting to live a trim and healthy lifestyle!
Meggan Larson is not a Trim Healthy Mama expert, associated with the Trim Healthy Mama website. These tips are based on what she has learned through losing 60lbs (so far) following this lifestyle. We are not affiliated with Trim Healthy Mama nor endorsed by them. As with all resources, you should review them with care. We have done our best to make the recipes and all menu plans THM compliant in an effort to assist you on your journey!