Once upon a time, I was busy. I worked full time, participated in not one, not two, but three team sports. I walked the dog, I cooked, I cleaned, I did the laundry and grocery shopped, I prepped meals for days in advance, I did it all! I was Superwoman and conquering the world. And then it happened, I had a kid.
Once my daughter came along, the entire world as I knew it changed. At the beginning it’s all about the physical world around you. You’re no longer working and are suddenly up two, three, four times a night to feed this screaming little “bundle of joy”. You’re tired, you eat anything that’s easy to grab with one hand, and you watch horrible daytime TV without even realizing you’re doing it. What you may not see immediately is that your emotional world has completely shifted as well. You’ve put this new tiny person before yourself. Baby always eats first, sometimes two and three feedings go by before you even have time to drink your cold decaffeinated coffee. The fur-baby that was rapidly demoted to dog waits to go outside as patiently as she can, and when you stop long enough to notice what smells, you realize you haven’t had a shower in three days. Myself, I’d stopped working out regularly, ate fast, prepackaged and processed foods, and didn’t sleep nearly enough to get as much cleaning, laundry, etc… done in a day as I could.
Of course it gets better, but the theme stays the same unless you acknowledge and change it. The kid(s) is always going to be number one now, but part of making sure that you’re being the best parent you can be is to take care of yourself. That looks different in each of our individual lives. I chose to return to work on a part-time basis and I’m lucky that this was an option with my employer. Of course there are days where I’d do anything to be in a quiet office with a Starbucks, but overall I feel like I have found my balance.
My balance looks like this: I’m a full time parent with a little bit of help. We don’t have family living close by for assistance, so YMCA Child Minding sees my daughter twice a week. This allows me to get in two solid gym workouts a week, all my other workouts happen at home – that’s my “me” time. She participates in activities twice a week, and I try to schedule those on days where I’m already at the YMCA to give us some free time other days. We camp, hike, and bike as a family so she sees an active family lifestyle every day. Although she’s still pretty small (just two), I let her cook with me. I feel like this teaches her that we cook healthy meals together at home. I work three to four evenings when my husband gets home from work which allows me to still have time to be me instead of Mommy. I’m able to utilize my education and to socialize with adults and not have the conversation turn into whatever the heck Curious George got himself into that morning. I also let perfection go, I no longer live in a pristine house – it’s messy (not dirty!) and cluttered with toys. Now my home is filled with love and laughter, so that’s a trade off I accept happily.
What do you miss? What is it that you slowly gave up but didn’t even realize until now? What are you going to take time to do for you and only you?
Whatever your situation is, I’m here to tell you that you need, and I mean NEED to take that time for yourself. Life is really busy if you let it be, and finding balance is an absolute essential to having your life be a happy one.
It’s time to distress before the holidays!
Shawnessy’s own Stacey M will be teaching a drop-in Yoga Nidra, deep meditation class on Thursday December 19th from 7:15-815pm in the studio located upstairs at the Shawnessy branch. Please come early to make sure you get a spot!
Offered at Shawnessy on Mondays, 5:00-6:15pm, Introduction To Yoga teaches you the fundamentals of basic yoga poses and allows you to grow your knowledge base and skill set in a safe and welcoming environment.
Find your inner silence and calm the world around you in Introduction to Yoga beginning on Monday September 9th.
Tina Thrussel, Instructor, describes her experience with NIA:
The very first time I participated in a Nia class I cried… tears of joy! I couldn’t help myself; it just felt so good! After years of feeling stiff and rigid, I felt at home in body, given permission to move my body’s way. The music was uplifting and the movements were easy and fun.
This fusion fitness class seemed to be the answer to my prayers! The combination of the grace of the dance movements, the power of the martial arts and the relaxing stretching of yoga all felt so natural, so effortless… so freeing!! I was hooked!
Shortly after that first class, I became a Nia teacher myself. I’ve been sharing the Joy of Movement through Nia for more than 6 years now and I love Nia as much today as I did that first day.
A great workout
Dance-based, barefoot movement to uplifting music
Healing – on all levels!
A way to connect your mind, body and spirit
A place to feel the warmth of community
Nia is like chocolate – you just have to taste it to know how good it is! Come and taste Nia at the FREE demo class at the Saddletowne YMCA on Wednesday, Feb 13 from 5-6 pm.
Woman Who Dances with Light
(Aka Tina Thrussell)
Inspiring you to bring more Life into your life.
The registered NIA session will run as follows:
Wednesdays Feb 20-March 20
M$40 NM$60 (5 classes)
Call Member Services (403-237-2393) to register.
Part of the YMCA’s mission is to enhance Spirit, Mind, and Body. All branches offer a form of Mind/Body workouts to allow you to get connected with yourself and get zen. Check out your branch’s program guide to find out what mind/body classes are convenient for you.
Whether it be Yoga, Pilates, Fusion Fitness, or Karma, there is an opportunity for you to learn about the flexible side of whole body fitness and wellness.
Check out the Volunteer Canada website to see the news on how Canadians are giving their time and dollars to charities.
One link on the site is to the Imagine Canada website which tells:
“The Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating (CSGVP) provides the most comprehensive overview of the contributions of time and money Canadians make to nonprofit and charitable organizations and to each other. Conducted in 1997, 2000, 2004, 2007 and 2010, the CSGVP surveyed a random sample of Canadians on how they:
- Gave money and other resources to charitable and nonprofit organizations
- Volunteered time for charitable and voluntary organizations and for individuals directly
- Participated in organizations by becoming members”
YMCA Calgary has implemented a new user-friendly pricing structure for all mind/body classes this fall in order to make these classes more accessible to all of our participants, both members and non-members. Look for the changes in the brochure which is now available on-line; registration for both members and non-members is now open!
The Fitness-Flex-Pass is back! The Fitness-Flex-Pass will stay a staple of YMCA adult fitness programming. It allows members and non-members to try a class to ensure that they will enjoy the class they choose to register in, it also allows for one to attend registered fitness classes with the flexibility of not registering. The Fitness-Flex-Pass is available to YMCA members as a single-class or five-class pass, the flex pass is available to non-members as a single class pass. Please visit Member Services for more information.
YMCA Calgary is Building Healthy Communities.
We all know healthy living includes good treatment of mind, body and spirit. Why not start off the day with a moment to get your mind and soul into a positive space? Melissa Rouseau talks about this very idea in her article on the Mind Body Green website:
“The following are a few of the morning rituals that help me wake up, get those positive vibes going, and set the grateful tone for the way…”
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