Monday, October 29, 2012

Challenges of Being a Single Mother

This month has been a challenging to say the least. I've faced financial set backs last month and this month. I've had an injury due to overtraining. I've had a stomach virus. To say I've been stressed is an understatement.

I did allow myself some slack in tracking my nutrition for a couple of weeks. I did not completely stop working out but I did cut back quite a bit. Fortunately, I did not gain weight but I certainly did not lose any. I did lose a good deal of muscle tone and strength, sadly.

Was this the best way to go about things considering I do still have goals to accomplish? Some may say it wasn't. I should have stayed the course & trudged through. However, for me, I feel it was best. I felt myself on the verge of a mental breakdown due to the stress. Being a single mother of three teenagers, this was not an option but something did have to give. I couldn't not go to work. I couldn't stop mentoring youth who had come to depend on me. I couldn't ignore my children. I certainly didn't want to completely stop working out because I knew I needed that time to manage the stress I was enduring. I chose to allow myself to not put so much thought into what I ate & how much. I remained conscious of it but just did't plan ahead and count calories.

Here it is the end of the month and I find myself healthy, healed, and more productive than I had been in two months. I feel centered and focused and ready to jump back into working toward all my goals.

Today, alone, I've promoted new fitness challenges, communicated with my mentor, put in 6.5 hours at work until I had to pick up a sick child from school, made chicken noodle soup for him, cooked dinner & two more meals ahead, studied for my fitness certification, worked out, & stayed on point in my nutrition. I'm now waiting to pick up my daughter from work.

I'd say I'm back! :)